Colorado State Archives
Executive Orders from the Administration of Governor Bill Owens 1999-2005
Thursday, March 31, 1999
|CONTACT: Dick Wadhams|
Amy Jewett Sampson
DENVER - Governor Bill Owens and several Colorado businesses discussed today at a news conference the economic opportunities that exist with the state and China.
Colorado's fifth largest export destination is the Hong Kong/China market. Separating the People's Republic of China from Hong Kong, exports to China rose a staggering 185 percent in 1998, from $51 million to $145 million. Colorado's largest exported commodity is electronics at over $120 million annually.
Premier Zhu Rongji's visit is the first visit by a Chinese leader of such rank since 1911 when Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, a revolutionary who wrote the Constitution for modern China, came to Colorado. Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing visited the University of Denver this past February. The Premier is the highest ranking official within the Chinese government and the third ranking official within the Communist party responsible for the President's Cabinet and the primary economic reformer in the country.
Premier Zhu will visit Colorado on Saturday, April 10th. The Premier's schedule includes arriving at Denver International Airport, attending a luncheon at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, attending a performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater, visiting the Denver Broncos Training Facility, touring Storage Technology Corporation, and attending a State dinner at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver. A key Chinese minister may visit AT&T/TCI/Encore's National Digital Television Center (NDTV), as well.
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