The governor of the US state of Illinois has shown a strong interest in expanding mutually-beneficial cooperation with China in areas ranging from trade to tourism and to educational exchanges. “I’m a believer in more trade and more investment, especially with the people of China. So I look forward to doing whatever I can to expand it,” Bruce Rauner told Xinhua in an interview while attending a reception held here on Thursday [28 September 2017] to celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2017

Key Points

  • China reportedly has 50 companies headquartered in Illinois, while Illinois has 400 companies working in China.
  • In September 2017, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and the University of Illinois [Urbana-Champaign] signed a memorandum of understanding.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In August 2017, COFCO International (subsidiary of COFCO Group) signed a grain supply partnership with Growmark, an Illinois-based agricultural cooperative. As a result of the agreement, Growmark will assist COFCO’s Saint Louis office in sourcing grain. In 2016, COFCO acquired a grain terminal near the Port of Saint Louis due to its 2016 acquisition of Nidera.

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