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March 07, 2006 09:00 ET

Recent Online Investor and Industry Conference Provides Expert Insights Into Opportunities for Investing in China's Growth

Rapidly Growing Chinese Steel, Coal, Auto, Healthcare and Internet Industries Evaluated

POINT ROBERTS, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2006 -- (CAS), an investor news portal for the China Asia investment sector, is pleased to provide investors and industry with an overview of the key areas to invest in China as compiled from the in-depth presentations by industry experts and participating public companies in the first CAS online Investor and Industry Conference held February 22, 2006. Presentations are now archived for ongoing review.

Industry Speakers and Experts included: Piper Jaffray's China Analyst, Safa Rashtchy, Timothy J. Keating, President, Keating Investments, LLC and KPMG's Roger Bryan, Associate Partner Automotive Division.

Public companies included Bridgetech Holdings International, Inc. (OTC: BGTH) a company positioned in China's healthcare market, Puda Coal, Inc (OTC BB: PUDC), a Chinese producer of clean coking coal and SORL Auto Parts, Inc, China's leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive valves for the commercial vehicle market.

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Conference Highlights:

China's economy expanded 9.9 percent in the year 2005, and this growing trend is expected to continue throughout 2006. With its population and consumption rates continuing to surge, precious business opportunities across different industries have emerged, creating worldwide opportunities. As Timothy J. Keating, president of Keating Investments, LLC pointed out, "China has been expanding its GDP at an extremely high rate during the past 5 or 6 years. Specifically, in 2005, China's GDP reached $2.3 trillion, which represented 9.9% year-on-year growth. Very remarkably, China has now become the fourth largest economy in the world after the U.S., Japan and Germany. It is clearly a rapidly growing economy both in absolute and percentage terms."

Along with the fast development, the Chinese government plans to further relax rules to welcome more qualified foreign institutional investors to invest in China's domestic securities market, and encourage more Chinese companies to list abroad. "There is active government encouragement for private companies to seek overseas public listings. Typically those listings are in the U.S., Hong Kong, Singapore and London, sometimes Canada," described Keating.

China's prosperous construction market and fast growing middle class population have been identified as two major drivers for several rapidly growing sectors: steel, coal, auto and healthcare. Keating explains, "In 1998, China's steel represented 16.2% of the world's consumption, by 2003 that number had increased to 26.9%. There are two factors driving this: one is the massive amount of building going on; two is the massive construction going on in preparation for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing." As a result, demand for coal has risen significantly. As Justin Davis, vice president of Keating Investments, Puda Coal, Inc.'s (OTC BB: PUDC) financial advisor, pointed out, "The demand for Puda's product, cleaned coal, is very closely tied to the demand for steel. If steel demand in China adheres to projections and both remains strong and continues to grow at a steady rate for the foreseeable future, so will the demand for Puda's high grade cleaned coal."

Increasing demand for the western healthcare service market, driven by China's rapid growing middle class population, positions Bridgetech Holdings International, Inc (OTC: BGTH) in an environment with strong customer demand. This middle class population also bodes well for the auto industry. As Roger Bryan, Associate Partner at KPMG's Automotive Division described, "China does have a growing middle class. As their talent level is moving up, their value changes. The higher rising economic expectation is what is driving the demand in the auto market."

China's Internet market is another area to watch. Piper Jaffray's Managing Director and Senior Analyst Safa Rashtchy, focusing on China's Internet market stated, "The Internet and the entertainment industry is a $2 billion industry. China has more than 110 million Internet users, compared to approximately 200 million in the U.S. We think that over the next 5 years, they will overtake the U.S." According to Rashtchy, there are 4 segments in this sector: advertising, wireless service, online games and E-commerce, all of which are growing at high rates between 20% and 50%.

Other key segments to expect strong long-term growth from include media & entertainment and consumer products, especially luxury goods.

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