Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez hopes to see the United States get involved in the Belt & Road Initiative in the future.

The former secretary made the comments on Sunday in Xiamen City, east China’s Fujian Province on the sidelines of the ongoing 2019 China International Fair for Investment and Trade and the Belt & Road Investment Congress.

“In the United States, the private sector is independent. There are companies that are very involved in the Belt & Road Initiative but our governments aren’t. The important thing is that U.S. companies are there. Perhaps in the future, I hope that the government also will be able to talk about Belt & Road. But I’m very proud that U.S. companies have supported that initiative,” said Gutierrez.

The four-day event focuses on highlighting some of the key features of the Belt and Road Initiative, with 16 specialized display zones covering investment, industry promotion and Silk Road trade.

The fair is approved by the State Council and takes place every September in Xiamen City. It aims to promote bilateral and multilateral trade, enhancing trade exchanges and partnerships.

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