HOUSTON, May 16 (Xinhua) -- City level exchange and cooperation can help promote understandings between the United States and China, Steve Adler, mayor of Austin, U.S. state of Texas, said Thursday.
The direct relationship between cities is important to Austin, a diverse city in the state of Texas, Adler said on the sidelines of the fourth U.S.-China Innovation and Investment Summit, which kicked off Thursday in Houston.
"We find real eager partners in cities in China and it's very exciting for us," he said, adding regardless what happened on national level between the United States and China, "we will do everything that we can within the bounds available to us to maximize those opportunities."
Austin and Changsha in Hunan Province of China signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, focusing on exchanges and cooperation in science and culture.
Commenting on the MOU, Adler said it will "once again form another bridge between Austin, Texas and technology motivated, innovation motivated cities around the world."
Jointly hosted by China Science & Technology Exchange Center and U.S.-China Innovation Alliance, the summit attracts around 300 participants from China and the United States, including entrepreneurs and investors, to meet face-to-face in Houston.
The two-day conference features a range of events, including "INNOSTARS" preliminary competitions, innovation forums, B2B matchmaking as well as company exhibits.
The event not only enables Chinese entrepreneurs to learn about the development of science and technology in the United States, but also allows for one-to-one communications with American companies. It will also showcase the advantages of different places and cities in China, providing new opportunities for international investment and cooperation.
The meeting covers four areas in science, health and technological innovations, including advanced manufacturing, biopharma and digital health & diagnosis, information and communication technology, as well as energy.