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ITOR’s Note

Dr. Harley Seyedin The American Chamber of Commerce in South China would like to extend
President its full support for the nomination of the current director of the Central
AmCham South China Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo for the office of Secretary of State, replacing
Vice Chairman the outgoing Rex Tillerson. We can think of no one who is more qualified.
U.S. China Economic and Trade After graduating first in his class from West Point, he served in the U.S. Army
Policy, APCAC as an Armor Branch Cavalry Officer first patrolling the Iron Curtain before the
fall of the Berlin Wall and then serving with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in
the 4th Infantry Division during the Gulf War. Pompeo then graduated with
honors from Harvard Law School where he served as editor to the Harvard
Law Review. He eventually ran two businesses in Kansas, first as the founder
of Thayer Aerospace and Private Security (now Nex-Tech Aerospace) and
then president of Sentry International. Pompeo was elected as representative
in Kansas’ 4th District in 2010. He served on the Intelligence and Energy
and Commerce committees. His was also sat on the Select Committee on
Benghazi. Last November, then President-elect Donald Trump nominated
Pompeo to be the Director of the CIA and began his term in January 2018.
Mike Pompeo will continue to serve his country with distinction as Secretary
of State. We look forward to working with him as we all continue to navigate
the world of international trade and business.

International trade and business between China and the Americas has been
around for longer than some of us realized. Last month we heard from Peter
Gordon & Juan José Morales, co-authors of The Silver Way: China, Spanish
America and the Birth of Globalization, 1565–1815, at the AmCham - U.S.
Consulate - Spanish Consulate Seminar. According to their book-talk, a
trading route between Spanish America and China originally ushered in a new
era of globalization between the two hemispheres by the 16th Century. The
Silver Way became a catalyst for economic and cultural exchange and built the
foundations for the first global currency.

Finally, you may remember we hosted last year’s Asia-Pacific Council
of American Chambers of Commerce Business Summit. This year we are
heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Council
of American Chambers of Commerce Business Summit. The annual summit
attracts corporate and government leaders from across the region and
provides a valuable platform for dialogue on key issues, networking and
business development. We would love to see you there.

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