US-China Xinjiang Cooperation Forum

Smart Green Infrastructure Construction

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On August 30th, 2016, with the coordination of Sarah Kemp, Minister Counsellor of US Embassy, ECP, USTDA, Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) and Development and Reform Commission (DRC) of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region and Commercial Department of US Embassy jointly held US-China Xinjiang Cooperation Forum on Smart Green Infrastructure Construction. Over 150 representatives from US and China governments, scientific institutions, industry associations, enterprises, investment institutions, advisory bodies and other institutions attended the forum. By explaining policies and plans, sharing technical solutions, discussing trends and challenges in the industry, the forum provided attendants with a clear overview of market opportunities and potentials in Xinjiang infrastructure construction as well as the advantages and strengths of American companies in technology and solutions, represented by Caterpillar, Johnson Controls, IBM and DOW Chemical.

On August 29th, US delegation received a warm welcome from local government and had a two-hour meeting with officials from Xinjiang local government and representatives of local enterprises. Deputy Chairman of Xinjiang Autonomous region, Shi Dagang, introduced geographical features and industrial development of Xinjiang and expressed willingness for future cooperation in specific fields like machinery and advanced manufacturing, energy base building, integrated transportation hub, textile industry, nonferrous metal, finance, cloud computing and telecommunication infrastructure as well as environmental protection. On behalf of American government and enterprises, Minister Counsellor Ke Anping also expressed great confidence in future US-China cooperation in Xinjiang. ECP Director Liu Xiaoyu and representatives of ECP members including IBM, DOW Chemical, NuCloud, Johnson Controls and Jupiter briefly introduced their field of work and cooperation cases with Xinjiang local governments and companies.

US-China Xinjiang Cooperation Forum on Smart Green Infrastructure Construction opened at 10:00 a.m. on August 30th. Wu Guangrong, Deputy Director of Xinjiang FAO hosted the morning session. The forum started by opening remarks from Ke Anping, Minister Counsellor of US Embassy, Wen Kaishi, Director of TDA Eastern Asia project, Liu Xiaoyu, Director of ECP and Liu Chun, Vice Chairman of China Chamber of Commerce for Machinery and Electronic Products Import and Export. DRC Director Zhang Chunlin made the first keynote speech on “Grabbing Opportunities of Building Silk Road Economic Belt and Deepening Cooperation in Infrastructure Construction”, explaining in detail the development outline of Xinjiang and its geographical advantages, key industries and situations and demands for energy industry, especially new energy industry. During the 13th Five Year Plan, Xinjiang will give priority to developing the following fields including integrated transportation hub, energy base construction, hydropower and protection of water resources, logistics infrastructure and information engineering as well as upgraded houses for urban and rural dwellers.

The main initiator, BOD Chairman of ECP and CEO of Caterpillar (China) Chen Qihua then gave a speech on “Smart Construction of Green Infrastructure”. As the leading enterprises in global infrastructure building industry, Caterpillar also has rich experience in cooperation with Xinjiang government and companies. Recently, Caterpillar raised the idea of “Smart Construction 4.0” based on its rich experience and R&D development—using modernized information approach such as Internet of things and Big Data, the company significantly raise efficiency in construction, reduce working hours and construction period and save fuels, thus reducing CO2 emission, lowering cost while protecting the environment. To help attendants have a better understanding, Caterpillar offered 3D interaction screen and VR equipment.

Afterwards, representatives of American companies including general manager of Department of Refrigeration and Heating of Johnson Controls (China) Huang Weibin, senior manager Zhang Yongping from IBM, Marketing director Zhang Jun from DOW Chemical (China) as well as representatives of Chinese companies also shared their work and experiences.

After lunch break, Xu Fang, Chief Representative of ANSI Standards (China), hosted the conference. Deputy Director of Xinjiang Department of Transportation Wang Baoliang made keynote speeches on “Xinjiang Transportation Infrastructure and Prospect”, explaining the in detail the transportation hub center, energy corridor and logistics infrastructure that are going to be constructed during the 13th Five Year Plan. Zhao Chen, General Manager of Construction Commission of Urumqi introduced projects of green building, natural gas heating infrastructure and transportation hub in Urumqi. Representatives of China and US enterprises and institutions including Caterpillar, Sime Darby, NuCloud, Zhonghe, Xinjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences also shared their work and experiences.

As the last part, a dialogue was held by Liu Xiaoyu, Director of ECP, between China and US enterprises on how Xinjiang can cope with the opportunities and challenges in smart green infrastructure construction. Guests joining the dialogue including Zhang Jian, Deputy General Manager from China General Consulting & Investment Co., Ltd., Peng Jun, General Manager of key account sales from Caterpillar (China) as well as representatives of Chinese companies. The guests shared their understanding of the two key words -“smart green infrastructure” and “US-China cooperation”, discussing the problems and challenges they had faced with, offering suggestions on setting up standards in green infrastructure and forecasting US-China cooperation in infrastructure construction in the third country based on geographical advantages of Xinjiang. The parties agreed to support the Low Carbon Sustainable Infrastructure Union initiated by ECP, use complementary advantages of US and China companies, actively build pilot projects in infrastructure domestically and abroad, find standards and evaluation system for green low-carbon infrastructure, thus making contribution to US-China agreement to cope with climate change. After the forum, attendants joint the banquet, marking a successful end to this trip.