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2019 meeting with PRC Consul General a “meet and greet” courtesy, Scott says

By Guy Page

Vermont Daily readers have been asking about the State of Vermont’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In particular, they have asked about meetings between state officials, including Gov. Phil Scott, and PRC officials. 

Today, Vermont Daily asked the governor at his press conference: “Next Saturday will be the second anniversary of the Chinese Consul General Huang Ping’s visit with you and other state officials in Montpelier. He invited Vermont to participate in “The Belt and Road” construction, which is a 70-nation initiative led by China. Is Vermont participating in the Belt and Road initiative? In general, how would you describe the development of our trade relationship with the People’s Republic of China since that meeting?”

Gov. Scott said he is unaware of any specific outcomes of his meeting with the Consul General. “These are typically ‘meet and greets,’” Scott said. They are an exercise in official courtesy: “We talk about what they can do for us, what we can do for them.” He’s held such meetings with trade representatives of many countries, Scott said. He promised to look into whether any tangible developments emerged from the February 27, 2019 meeting.

Vermont’s trade relationship with PRC rival Taiwan – the democratic Republic of China located on a large island 100 miles away from the Chinese mainland – took an interesting turn Feb. 9 when the Vermont Senate declined to approve a resolution of friendship introduced by three senators. Instead, Senate President and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray without explanation sent SR7 to the Senate Economic Development committee. It was the first senate resolution this year to not be approved on its day of introduction. One senator told Vermont Daily the resolution may have been sent to committee because the relatively complex subject matter required further study.

Taiwan remains Vermont’s chief Asian export customer, followed by the PRC. However, according to US Census figures last year total exports to Taiwan decreased about 10%, while PRC exports grew 16%.

For the official PRC version of the Feb. 27 meeting, see the following press release published March 1, 2019 on the website of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York

On February 27th, Consul General Huang Ping visited Montpelier, the capital of Vermont, met with Phil Scott, the Governor of Vermont, David Zuckerman, the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, and Jim Condos, the Secretary of State separately, and exchanged views on China-US relations and local cooperation with them.

all photos of Feb. 27, 2019 meeting credit Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York

Huang Ping introduced the current China-US relations briefly, saying that the Chinese Consulate General in New York is willing to strengthen contacts with the Vermont State Government and contribute more to promote the China-US relations on the basis of coordination, cooperation, and stability. Vermont is a picturesque, resource-rich state with developed industries of dairy, beer, winter sports, and so on. With broad prospects for cooperation, he hopes that both sides could give full play to our respective advantages and tap potential and growth areas for cooperation actively. He welcomes the State Government to participate in the 2nd China Import Expo and “The Belt and Road” construction, to create more benefits for the two peoples, and to achieve win-win development.

Phil Scott, the Governor of Vermont, welcomed Huang Ping and his delegation to visit the state capital, saying that Vermont pays great attention to developing relations with China, and it is willing to strengthen cooperation with the Consulate General. Scott was pleased to see substantive progress in the China-US economic and trade consultation, which he said is good news for Vermont. Vermont has a limited population but abundant resources, among which tourism is one of the pillar industries. He welcomes more Chinese people to visit, study, and work in Vermont, and he is expecting to explore more chances for cooperation with China.

According to David Zuckerman, the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, he welcomes the Chinese Consulate General in New York to introduce and promote Vermont to more Chinese people. As a native of Vermont, he knows the overall strength of the dairy, beer, and other industries in Vermont well, and he believes that China could definitely provide a broad market for them. He is willing to introduce the “The Belt and Road” construction and the holding of the Expo in China to relevant departments of the State Government and the enterprises in Vermont, and to promote more cooperation between China and these institutions.

Jim Condos, the Secretary of State, expressed that Vermont is a ski resort in winter and a colorful natural oxygen bar in summer and fall. Chinese tourists have been visiting the state frequently in recent years, while there are more and more Chinese students studying at the universities of Vermont. Since people-to-people exchanges are the foundation of bilateral relations, he believes that the enthusiastic and unsophisticated people of Vermont would make a profound impression on Chinese people. He also wishes to visit China again and experience the development of China in person.

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  1. Does this leave any wonder why this State is in the state it is in? Does it make anyone angry? Our so called “leaders” are fraternizing with the CCP, the evil empire of communists, our enemy. How much of the State do you think is sold out under us and why are we under such strict CCP-style COVID PSYOP?

  2. It makes me angry Melissa! Let’s make a deal with the devil….yup that is what Vermont does or at least the traitorous politicians in Vermont.

    • I find this story a good indicator we are under control of a communist backed uni-party – a Republican, Democrat, and Progressive all too eager to meet a CCP representative and make deals – such deals we know will not benefit Vermonters. As such, COVID hits and Phil shuts down businesses and puts people out of work. Once the properties come available, who is going to buy such properties? They definitely made deals with the most evil beings on the planet. Despicable.

  3. This was certainly an article ready to roll – thorough to the end that it could be. I sure hope people take those rose colored glasses off and take a clear view here. There is more!! Just like Dominion!! We need to start promoting TAKE BACK VERMONT again!

  4. All the usual suspects had their picture taken with the Chicoms. The “road and belt” sounds like the rebranding of the hammer and the sickle to me. Once a communist always a communist. I see Jim Condos got his palm shaken for a job well done and a guess Dave had to sit down and have a new strategy session for his future in the CCP. This meeting is about selling Vermont to the Chinese to rake in more revenue. I’ll bet they subsidize the POT farms and buy as much land as they can with Guv Scott’s blessing. Wonder if this guy quarantined in Vermont for two weeks before meeting with our officials? NO MASKS!!!!!!!!!!!
    RULES and MANDATES for thee but not for ME. Get out while you still can.

  5. Phil Scott seems to falling into the chinese trap, like Biden and his crooked son. I hjope we do not do business with China.

  6. The selling of Vermont. Who benefits? How much is going into politicians pockets? Belt and road is where China buys roads, bridges, docks, dams, seaports worldwide! Many countries are under their thumb now due to this. check it out!

  7. There’s nothing “normal” about dealings with China,,,and we were forced to “mail in” and use “dominion” voting machines,,,funny how that works ain’t it

  8. When was the mask mandate instituted in Vermont? More fact checking, not Alternative Fact checking, would help answer your question. You were not forced to do mail-in, I went to my poll and delivered my vote, and it was not a Dominion machine (they were used in how many states ? Come on get your facts before you spew vitriolic statements) Are you all enjoying how so many “voter fraud pushers” are backtracking their statements about voter fraud as they face lawsuit after lawsuit or disbarment?
    Such anger, such disinformation or is it misinformation.

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