Special Feature
September 9, 2013
Thomas R. Hardy | (703) 875-4357

Highlights Ways that Cooperation is Propelling Progress for U.S. Aviation Companies in China's Rapidly Growing Market

U.S.-China Aviation Symposium Opens in Beijing, ChinaU.S.-China Aviation Symposium Opens in Beijing, China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the 2013 U.S.-China Aviation Symposium opened by highlighting 10 years of successful partnerships that have boosted aviation safety, security and growth while offering opportunities for U.S. companies' participation in the dynamic growth of China's aviation sector. The success of these partnerships was achieved by the commitment of the United States and China to the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). This public/private sector partnership has provided a forum for addressing ways to strengthen the Chinese aviation market and our bilateral relationship, while opening doors for sales of U.S. goods and services to meet China's needs.

Sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), the Symposium is serving as a technical, policy and commercial forum to assist the CAAC and other Chinese aviation industry representatives in identifying and specifying advanced U.S. technologies that best suit its infrastructure modernization needs. Topics at the summit will include air traffic management and safety, the future of airports, general aviation cooperation, energy conservation/emissions reduction, training and air carrier priorities.

At the opening, Director Zak stated, "Today, with a decade of partnership behind us and many more years of cooperation to look forward to, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary progress we have made together under this remarkable framework."

"By working together as partners, our two great countries are addressing our shared challenges and celebrating our shared progress."

With over 350 attendees joining the Symposium, the participants will spend the next two days discussing ways to further develop and strengthen commercial partnerships in the aviation sector to ensure sustained growth. Joining the opening of the Symposium were Ms. Leocadia I. Zak, Director of USTDA, Mr. Xia Xinghua, Vice Administrator of the CAAC, Mr. Daniel Kritenbrink, U.S. Embassy Chargé D'Affairs, Mr. Francisco Sanchez, Undersecretary of Commerce, Mr. John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, Ms. Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation and Christa Fornarotta, Assistant Administrator for Airports.

The Summit is sponsored by: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, The Boeing Company, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, ITT Exelis, Oshkosh Corporation/JLG Industries, Rockwell Collins, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, National Business Aviation Association, FedEx Express, Holland & Knight, Aerospace Industries Association, RS&H, Honeywell International, Bell Helicopter – China, Raytheon, OTW Safety, Universal Weather and Aviation, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Zodiac Aerospace – Esco Diamond Antenna and Microwave Corporation, Landrum & Brown Worldwide Services, International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association, L-3 Security & Detection Systems, and the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program, The Symposium will continue at the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel through September 11, 2013.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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