China Daily

Alan Beebe, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, recalled his travel across the country in 1986. He said the trip sparked his interest in China and he has lived in China for the last 18 years.

“There are tens of thousands … of Americans who have a similar experience to mine here in China. … We understand firsthand the importance of people-to-people exchange,” Beebe said.

Speaking of the phase-one agreement that the two countries reached in their trade talks last week, Beebe said it is “a very, very good start”.