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The Kalispell Chamber Takes 200 to Visit China and U.S. Embassy Beijing

March 30, 2016View for printing

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is leading a trade and cultural tour to China, April 9-18, for 200 Flathead Valley residents, 95 of which will participate in a briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing with former Montana Senator and now U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus.

"It's exciting to have so many friends from the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce visiting China. We're thrilled to host such a great group here at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to discuss how we manage the complex trade and economic relationship the United States has with China and how we work to promote opportunities for business and investment - in Montana and across the United States," said Ambassador Baucus.

On April 13th members of the trip participating in the Embassy briefing will spend two hours with Baucus before joining a group of approximately 250 members of the American Chambers China and Chinese government officials for a joint business social and trade show.

"We lead these international trips to encourage trade opportunities for business and a fun travel experience for our members, their family and friends, and residents of our community. Our time with Ambassador Baucus at the Embassy will be a truly special experience," said Chamber President, Joe Unterreiner.

The Chamber has also arranged meetings with several Chinese travel companies to promote Kalispell and the Flathead Valley.

Keeping pace with the economic development and business focused portions of the trip, several travelers will also have the opportunity to participate in business match-making sessions to establish trade relationships and grow their export business. Additionally, all 200 travelers will have the opportunity to tour various factories and the Pudong Economic Development Zone in Shanghai, known to be China's financial hub and center of the country's urban development strategy.

The trip also includes tours of the Great Wall, Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, and a two-day stop in Xi'An to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, widely considered the eighth wonder of the world.

Follow along with the Chamber's trip through their travel blog: Photos and tour recaps will be posted daily.

Due to community interest, the Chamber is offering a similar trip next spring, April 8-17, 2017.

Anyone interested can contact that Chamber at (406)758-2806 for more information or to reserve a space.

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