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MONROEVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

300 senior level executives, business leaders, government officials and community leaders from Alabama and China are set to come together this week in a groundbreaking 2-day symposium in Monroeville, Alabama.  That's right Monroeville, Alabama – home of the Pulitzer prize-winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee. 

The goal of this historical symposium is to create a clearinghouse of constructive ideas between our two countries, clear up misconceptions and create a roadmap that Chinese companies can use to develop operations in Alabama.

China currently has $4 trillion dollars in reserve and has invested more than $200 billion overseas in the last 5 years.  The U.S. has benefitted from these Chinese business investments to the tune of $28 billion but that's only 14% of the overall amount.  This symposium aspires to be the catalyst that drives Chinese investments in Alabama, creates jobs and aligns the world's superpowers through reciprocal business relationships and not the failed governmental attempts of the past. 

We are confident and excited that this event will be just the beginning of our countries coming together to gain an enlightened understanding of each other.  We look forward to all of the Chinese business leaders coming back very soon and when you do – a cold glass of sweet tea and dedicated Alabama work force will be waiting on you!

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