John Chiang in the interview [Photo\ Newsgd.com]
Before our interview at 8.30 in the morning, John Chiang, State Treasurer of California, took a walk from his hotel at the Shamian Island, a famous tourist attraction surrounded by the Pearl River in Guangzhou. “I love the gorgeous view of the Pearl River and public park here,” said John Chiang, sharing his observation during the interview.
“I saw people doing Taiqi out on the track, and you have the badminton and tennis courts along the road,” said John Chiang, “I think it’s important to establish these kinds of facilities so that people from all walks of life can benefit from them and enjoy the environment.”
To benefit people from different communities is also the purpose of John Chiang’s visit to Guangdong this year which marks the third anniversary of the twinning of the province of Guangdong with the state of California.
“Our relationship with Guangdong is critical,” said Chiang, “ranked as the world’s 6th and 17th largest economies, California and Guangdong are two regions making a significant contribution to economic development. The two regions have many common social concerns: economies undergoing dramatic transformation and the issue of an aging population.”
Cooperation seen between two world’s tech giants
The field of Technology and innovation is one of the major sectors in which John Chiang drew comparisons between Guangdong and California, and he hopes that cooperation can be furthered.
“Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, gaming and drones are now such hot property in the economies of both Guangdong and California, and this is expected to last for at least half a decade going forward,” said John Chiang, “(in China) because of the population size, you are engaging with lots of the latest ideas, and have a market that is 3 to 5 years ahead of U.S in terms of customer usage.”