FMC Commissioners Meet with China Transport Officials
Federal Maritime Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and William P. Doyle met with transportation officials from China on January 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Members of the delegation included Professor Yu Shicheng, Chairman of the Shanghai Maritime University Council and Director of the Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI); Wang Jianmin, Vice President of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange (SSE); Chen Jihong, Associate Professor at the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU); Luo Kai, a researcher at the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS). Accompanying the visitors was Dr. Chang Qian Guan, Professor at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Dr. Shmuel Yahalom, Professor at SUNY Maritime College.
The delegation was in Washington to attend the 94th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting where they led a panel on China’s World Trade Perspective. Following the presentation, they had the opportunity to meet with the Commissioners, and staff, to review significant maritime developments from the past year. Both groups discussed potential maritime trade developments for 2015, particularly as the operations of the four major ocean container shipping Alliances get under way. In recent years, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange has worked closely with the FMC in many areas.
"The meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss harmonizing maritime regulatory policy in the interest of both nations. It is in the interest of America's international waterborne commerce that both countries maintain open channels of communication and cooperation," said Commissioner Lidinsky. Commissioner Doyle told the visitors of his anticipated trip later this year to Suzhou China for the annual U.S. – China Bilateral Maritime Consultations, and expressed interest in meeting with them in Shanghai at that time.