China Trade Office, Exhibit Endangered by 'Situation'

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TULSA (AP) - A China trade office in Tulsa and an exhibit by the country at the Tulsa State Fair are in jeopardy because of the ``deteriorating situation'' between the United States and China, officials say.

``We cannot bring Chinese businessmen to the state for shows and conferences,'' said Zaiqun Du, the lone Chinese representative in the Tulsa trade office.

Last year, during a 10-day exhibition of China goods and a forum for business talk, about 300 people visited the China center daily.

``Tulsa is not a big city, but it drew business people,'' Du said.

Now, things have changed at the 3,000-square-foot trade center.

Business is hard to come by because of what Du describes as internal and external issues.

The internal matters involve the Chinese government's quashing of student demonstrations in Beijing last month. External matters relate to deterioration of relations between Du's country and the United States, he said.

Du, who came to Tulsa in September as manager of the business office for the China operation, describes himself as ``marshal and soldier'' of the office on the 14th floor of Williams Center Tower 1.

The center was set up following a 1987 China week conference that brought government and industry officials from China to Tulsa to talk with business people in Middle America.

Although tentative deals were announced at the conference, there are few substantial contracts to show for the effort. However, Chinese and Americans have continued visits to each others' countries to explore possibilities. …