– by Mac Gordon, CBU/CAR Detroit Correspondence
Detroit – Marking the ongoing growth of Chinese businesses in the Detroit area, the China General Chamber of Commerce-USA has opened an office in the Motor City suburb of Troy, Michigan.
The group’s automotive committee includes as a charter member Shanghai Automotive Industry (Group) Corp. (SAIC), which already has an operation in Michigan. SAIC is a joint venture manufacturing partner in China with GM and Volkswagen.
More than 200 people attended an office ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 10, at which SAIC USA Inc. president Youzhou Chen depicted the goal of the regional office as “assisting more and bigger Chinese business from a variety of industries that are entering Michigan.”
Pin Huang, the Chicago-based consul general for the People’s Republic of China, attended the opening ceremony.
A welcoming greeting to Oakland County, in which Troy is located, was extended at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by the county executive, L. Brooks Patterson, who said “this area, including Detroit, put the world on wheels and the Chinese as well as all other automaking countries understand that.”
The China General Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization, can be accessed at www.cgcusa.org.