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Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a China Reform Friendship medal to Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chair of the WEF (World Economic Forum) in 2018, as China celebrated its 40th anniversary of “reform and opening-up”. [1]

WEF is headquartered in Geneva. Switzerland was the first, or one of the first, non-communist western countries to establish diplomatic relations with communist China on 17 January 1950.[2]

Klaus Schwab, Executive Chair of the World Economic Forum and of the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, founded the WEF in 1971 and made his first visit to China in 1979, shortly after China started its “opening-up and reform” policy in 1978. He then visited China a minimum of once a year for the next 30 years: “China began establishing closer and closer cooperation with the World Economic Forum, eventually leading to the establishment of the so-called “summer Davos” in China on an annual basis in 2007”. The World Economic Forum is headquartered in Geneva, and has offices in New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Tokyo, as well. [3]

Cummins arrived in China even before WEF:
Mike Pence, Cummins and China

Cummins is located in former VP and Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s hometown and his brother was a high level Cummins executive. Mike Pence went to China in 2015, as Indiana’s Governor.

Up until recently, Mike Pence’s brother Ed was VP and General Manager of Cummins’ High-Horsepower Engines which are used in farming, mining, rail, oil and gas, marine, power generation and industrial applications. Cummins workers-Cummins PAC were the second largest campaign donors in Mike Pence’s Congressional career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics-OpenSecrets.org. [4]

1975-1979: Cummins Dares to Be the First In 1972, U.S. president Richard Nixon helped rebuild the relationship between China and the United States by becoming the first U.S. president to visit the country since 1949. Three short years later, China Heavy Machinery Import and Export Corporation imported Cummins-powered heavy duty trucks for Iron mine in Benxi. To satisfy the needs of the customers, the then Cummins Chairman Irwin Miller came to China as one of the earliest American Entrepreneurs seeking cooperation with China. His trip to China laid a solid foundation for Cummins footprint in the China market. In 1979, Cummins set up its first China Office in Beijing and became one of the earliest multinationals establishing entities in China”. [5]

In 2015: “Governor Mike Pence concluded business in Beijing today learning how Indiana-headquartered Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is leading the way in innovation and production of clean technology at its Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company. “For Cummins, it starts in Indiana. Technology developed by Hoosiers in Columbus is powering Cummins engines built around the world, including here in China,” said Pence. “As Cummins grows and thrives in these markets, more high-wage jobs in engineering and R&D are created at home.” [6]

[1] “10 foreigners given medals for roles in reform, opening-up” By An Baijie, Cao Desheng, China Daily, Updated: 2018-12-19 02:57
[2] It’s unclear if Switzerland or Sweden was first:
[3] “Stories of the China Reform Friendship Medal recipients” China Plus Published: 2018-12-18 20:31:22 https://archive.md/P6W48
[4] https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/is-cummins-vp-pences-motive-for-ignoring-cummings-warning-re-flynn-cummins-literally-moves-russia-including-military-partners-with-kamaz-owned-by-russian-gov-owned-sanctioned-entities-rostec-a/
[5] “1975-1979: Cummins Dares to Be the Firsthttps://archive.is/R52Ae
[6] “Pence Makes Cummins Connection in China” Tuesday, August 18th 2015 https://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/29824575/pence-makes-cummins-connection-in-china