Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (R) shakes hands with Arkansas governor Mike Beebe during a meeting with him in Beijing, capital of China, April 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Wang Qishan met on Monday with Arkansas governor Mike Beebe, pledging closer sub-national economic cooperation with the United States.
During their meeting, Wang attributed the quick development of sub-national cooperation over the past years between China and the United States to the two nations' common pursuit of mutual benefit and a win-win situation, according to a news release after the meeting.
The pragmatic cooperation has brought substantial benefits to the people of the two countries, said the vice premier.
Wang said he hoped that Arkansas will boost cooperation with Chinese provinces and cities in trade, investment, technology, tourism and finance among others.
Both the Chinese and the U.S. governments should make efforts to create favorable environments for sub-national and enterprise-to-enterprise cooperation to spur economic grow and increase jobs in the two nations, Wang was quoted in the release.
Beebe told Wang that his state is willing to expand cooperation with the Chinese side and he welcomes Chinese investment into Arkansas, said the release.
？Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan meets with Arkansas governor Mike Beebe in Beijing, capital of China, April 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)