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US to build new consulate in Guangzhou

THE United States will build a new consulate compound in Guangzhou this autumn under a new agreement signed by the two countries today.

Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary of State for Management, and Li Jinzhang, Vice Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs for the People's Republic of China, signed a Conditions of Construction Agreement (COCA) today.

The agreement aims to improve the conditions of construction of their respective consulates and diplomatic sites in each others' countries, CRI Online reported today.

"A series of construction projects will start after the agreement was signed," Li Jinzhang was quoted as saying. "It will promote the cooperation and communication between the two countries in political affairs, economy and culture."

US State Department and Chinese officials have been working on the provisions of the agreement for two-and-a-half years.

The COCA will apply to new construction, renovation and expansion undertaken by the United States and China on their diplomatic sites, said Kennedy. It is important for both countries in terms of commerce, trade, education and international affairs.

The new 3-hectare consular compound in Guangzhou's Tianhe District will cost US$260 million. It will be undertaken by a US company and one domestic company. The construction is expected to be finished by 2013.

The US has consulates in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu and Wuhan. China has consulates in Houston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


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