Tom McCall, chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee at the Georgia State House of Representatives, speaks during an interview with Xinhua in the Georgian state capital of Atlanta, the United States, March 28, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)
ATLANTA, the United States, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Ending trade tensions will better serve the interests of both the United States and China, a U.S. state legislator has said.
"We hope everything levels out and you keep buying stuff from us and we keep buying it from you," said Tom McCall, chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee at the Georgia State House of Representatives, in a recent interview.
The trade volume between Georgia state and China "has done nothing but increase" over the past 40 years, McCall said.
"It kind of backed off in the last six, eight months because of the (trade) tensions, but I hope that's going away soon. We need you and you need us," he said, adding "you make a whole lot of products that we used for a living."
"In Georgia, you can go through the alphabet from A to Z and we produce something that starts with one of those letters from apples to zucchini," said McCall, who has served in the state House since 1994.
"I hope the trade within the two countries, and especially this state with China, just keeps growing and growing. But we've got to get all the stuff in Washington D.C. worked out."
China was Georgia's third largest export market in 2018, receiving 2.9 billion U.S. dollars of exports, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Agriculture is the No.1 segment of the state's economy.