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Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce branches established in China(12/28/03)

   The Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce has been set up in half of China's 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, said an official in China on Dec.27.

    Li Haifeng, deputy director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs office under the State Council, said in a speech that the chambersplay important roles in the relationship between overseas Chinese commercial enterprises and the government.

    The chambers also help promote cooperation and exchange betweenthe enterprises and safeguard their legitimate rights and interests, Li said.

    Li made his speech at the ceremony for the establishment of theShanghai Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit socialcommunity made up of the commercial enterprises invested by overseas Chinese and compatriots of Hong Kong and Macao.


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