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  • October 14, 2015: Mayor of Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province visits Zhuzhou's sister city Durham

    A seven-member delegation from Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province led by its mayor Mr. He Anjie visited Zhuzhou's sister city Durham, North Carolina on October 13 and 14. During the two-day visit, a summit was held between Mayor He Anjie and Durham Mayor William (Bill) Bell. The two sides expressed their common desire to further their cooperation in education, culture and economic development. The Carolina-China Council facilitated the establishment of the Zhuzhou-Durham sister city relationship and assisted in many ways in the development of their ties. To read more, visit Zhuzhou Daily report.

  • October 1, 2015: North American Chinese Folk Arts Center to come to North Carolina

    A press conference announcing the North America Chinese Folk Arts Center was held at the North Carolina Chinese Cultural Center in Morrisville, NC. According to Mr. Zhang Zhixue, Deputy Secretary General of China Folk Artists Association, his organization will partner with North American Chinese Art Association and Carolina-China Council to establish one of the largest Chinese Folk Arts Centers in North America in North Carolina. Town of Morrisville City Council member Steve Rao, Durham Mayor William Bell, and Research Triangle Regional Partnership Chief Operating Officer Mrs. Lee Anne Nance were among the invited guests attended the event. They welcomed the Chinese guests and expressed their desire for the proposed the Chinese Folks Arts Center to become a reality soon. To read more, visit news report from China Press.

  • September 20, 2015: The docummentary "The Memorial of Flying Tigers" won best documentary at the Davis International Film Festival

    The documentary "The Memorial of Flying Tigers" co-produced by Hunan TV, Carolina-China Council and Hunan Foreign Affairs Office was selected by the Davis International Film Festival as the "Best Chinese Documentary" from among more than 1200 films submitted to the film festival from over 80 countries around the world. Mr. Yu Hui from Hunan TV, and Director of the documentary attend the award ceremony and received the award certificate representing the production team. To watch the Chinese version of the documentary, click here

  • September 9, 2015: North Carolina peace ambassadors attend the Zhijiang International Peace Culture Festival

    At the invitation of Hunan Foreign Affairs Office, a 12-member North Carolina delegation led by Carolina-China Council President Dr. Lian Xie attended the Zhijiang International Peace Festival and the World Peace Forum in Zhijiang City, Hunan Province to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory of allied forces in World War II. The 12 member North Carolina delegation included government officials, business leaders, sister city representatives, economic developers, and the relatives of "Flying Tiger" pilot Lt. Hoyle Upchurch who died in Guidong County, Hunan Province in 1944. General Chenault's widow Anna was among the VIPs attended the festival and forum. Anna's husband Claire Lee Chenault was best known as the commander of the "Flying Tigers" (American Volunteer Group) during World War II.

  • September 3, 2015: The docummentary "The Memorial of Flying Tigers" aired on Hunan TV to huge success

    Millions of people around the world watched the documentary "The Memorial of Flying Tigers" last night on Hunan TV. It was the most watched programs in its category during the airtime. The documentary was co-produced by Hunan TV, Carolina-China Council and Hunan Foreign Affairs Office to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of allied forces against the fascists during WWII. To watch the Chinese version of the documentary, click here

  • Carolina-China Council and Hunan Television begin joint production of "Flying Tigers" documentary

    For immediate release, June 12: Hunan Television and Carolina China Council began co-production of a documentary based on the true story of Lt. Robert Hoyle Upchurch, a Flying Tiger's pilot born in North Carolina and died in Hunan Province in 1944 while helping the Chinese fighting against the Japanese invation during WWII. The joint producion team began shooting the footages in Guidong County, Hunan Province where Lt. Upchurch's plane crashed and his body was recoved and burried by the locals. He was listed as a WWII MIA until his body was identified by a joint American and Chinese search team in May 2005 61 years after his death. It has been a mistery as to what happened on October 6, 1944 when his plane crashed to the mountains in Guidong. Was it because of bad weather as one of his former colleagues thought, or because of damages to his plane by enemy fire? How was his grave site found after 61 years? Who discovered his grave site which eventually led to the positive identification of a MIA? The documentary attempt to provide answers to these questions.

  • Carolina-China Council to adds new executive board members

    For immediate release, May 4, 2015: The Carolina China Council held its 2015 annual board meeting today. The Council's president Dr. Lian Xie presented an overview of major activties the council led or participated in 2014 and a preliminary plan for 2015. Dr. Xie also provided a detailed financial report to the board which was approved unanimously. The annual meeting also elected Stanley Bradshaw (President of Bradshaw Capital Management), Tianmin Zhou (Chairman of Shanghai Tianchang Investment and Contsruction Co. Limited) and John Elmore (Headmaster of O'Neal School) as new members of the board. Current board members, Lian Xie (Professor at NC State University), Robin Cummings (Chancellor of UNC-Pembroke), Joyce Donat (President of Pinehurst South Realty), Anna Lamm (Director of Confucius Institute at NC State), Lee Anne Nance (Senior Vice President of RTRP), Gina Qiao (Senior Vice President of Lenovo), Lee Settle (Co-Founder of Square 1 bank), Brady Surle (President of Durham Sister City Committee), Houqi Zhang (President of were re-elected.

  • Carolina-China Council hosts welcome banquet for Hunan governor

    On May 3, Carolina China Council welcomed honorable Governor Mr. Xu Shousheng and other distingished guests from North Carolina's sister province Hunan at Raleigh's signature Angus Barn steakhouse. The high-level Hunan delegation is invited by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for an official bilateral copperation meeting to be held on May 5 at the Executive mansion. The two Governors will be signing a bilateral cooperation agreement during their meeting. Governor Xu's itinerary also includes visits to the NC Department of Commerce, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, NC State University and Research Triangle Institute (RTI). RTI will be signing a cooperation agreement with Yonker Corporation, a Hunan-based Environmental Protection Company, during Govrnor Xu's visit.

  • Carolina-China Council to open new headquarter office in Morrisville

    Carolina China Council announced the openning of its new headquarter office on May 3. It is co-located with the proposed NC Chinatown at 1001 Airport Blvd, Morrisville, NC 27560. This new office is conveniently located in the heart of the Research Triangle minutes from the Raleigh/Durham International Airport. The office will also be part of the proposed NC Chinese Cultural Center to be expanded to an indoor area of approximately 50,000 sf space. In addition to its Morrisville office, the Council has two representative offices in China, one in Shanghai and the other in Beijing, serving its members and clients in China.

  • China Arts Festival Coming to Raleigh on May 15-17

    Carolina China Council and China Arts Festival Foundation as well as their hosting partners Shanghai Quanren Education & Technology Limited, Changsha Huayi Culture Media Limited, and Fotosay International Arts Center are team up to bring the most exciting new component of Artsplosure 2015 to Raleigh: The Chinese Arts Festival. The 2015 "Chinese Arts Festival" consists of three main activities: "Impression China: All Star Dance, Music and Opera Show", "Discovering China: International Fine Art Exhibit", and "Crafting China: Crafts show". Date: May 15-17. Read full news for details.

  • January 12, 2015: Carolina-China Council brokers wind energy deal in Africa for Chinese-American team

    Carolina-China Council President Dr. Lian Xie traveled to Kampala, the Capital of Uganda, to setup a meeting between scientists and business leaders from China and the United States and Uganda government officials. An outcome from the meeting was to conduct a pilot project in Karamojia to explore the wind energy in the region with investments from China.

  • December 18, 2014: Carolina-China Council Beijing Office opens for business

    Carolina-China Council Beijing Office formally opens for business today to provide improved services to our clients and partners in Northern China. The Council has had two representatives in Beijing since 2009, but never had its own office space in the Capital City until today. Ms. Li Man will be a full-time representative serving the council in its Beijing Office. The Council's Beijing Office is the second office the Council has opened in China this year. The other office has been open for business in Shanghai since March 2014 to serve our clients and partners in Southern China. To contact our Beijing Office, send email to:

  • November 1, 2014: Chinese Art Exhibition held in the newly established NC Chinese Cultural Center

    Five well-known Chinese calligraphers and painters from Jiangsu Province and Guangdong Province, China have been invited by the Carolina China Council to present their art work during the ceremony for launching the NC Chinese Cultural Center on Nov. 1. The art exhibit also commemorates the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the US-China diplomatic relations.

  • October 24, 2014: CCC President Attends Advisory Board Meeting of Durham Sister Cities

    Carolina-China Council president Lian Xie has been invited to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of Durham Sister Cities. Durham Sister Cities is a nonprofit organization which oversees and runs the sister city program of Durham City.

  • October 6, 2014: CCC and Shanghai Yu Link European Business Center sign partnership agreement

    Carolina-China Council president Lian Xie and Shanghai Yu Link European Business Center co-Founder Joyce Deng met and signed a partnership agreement at Carolina-China Council's Shanghai Office. Shanghai Yu Link operates a high-tech incubator in Shanghai focusing on medical device and automobile parts businesses.

  • September 28, 2014: Chinese Ambassador to the United States Mr. Cui Tiankai hosts Chinese National Day celebration at the Chinese Embassy

    Today hundreds of Chinese Americans and Chinese nationals residing in the United States celebrated the October 1 National Day of the People's Republic of China in the Chinese Embassy as guests invited by Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai and his wife. A local children's chorus sang the Chinese national anthem, followed by a welcoming speech by Ambassador Cui.

  • September 4, 2014: Council's President invited to speak at the 4th Biennial US-China Summit

    Carolina China Council President Lian Xie spoke at the 4th Biennial North Carolina Summit on US/China Education as an invited panelist.

  • August 19, 2014: O'Neal School welcomes new students from China

    Today, John Elmore, the head of O'Neal School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, welcomed four new students to its upper school division along with several dozen faculty and friends of the school.

  • Eulogy for Former State Senator Harris Blake

  • May 14, 2014: O’Neal School, Southern Pines: Chinese Educators Visit O’Neal

    The O’Neal School was pleased to host a visit from faculty members of Nanfang High School in the Hunan Province of China on Wednesday, May 14th. O’Neal Head of School John Elmore visited areas near Changsha and Beijing with the Carolina China Council over the O’Neal’s spring break. He visited several schools and spent a lot of time with teachers and students.

  • April 7, 2014: Hundreds in Guidong pay respect to North Carolina-born Flying Tigers Pilot on Tomb Sweeping Day

    On April 5, the traditional Tomb Sweeping Day in China, hundreds of school children, teachers, government officials and other residents from Guidong County Hunan Province visited Flying Tigers Pilot Lt. Hoyle Upchurch's Memorial...

  • March 28, 2014: 2014 Hunan Chinese Culture Summer Camp open for application.

    The 2014 Hunan Chinese Culture Summer Camp will be an exclusive camp for North Carolina High School students.

  • March 12, 2014: O'Neal School and Zhuzhou Southern Education Group sign partnership agreement.

    O'Neal School, a private K-12 school in Southern Pines, North Carolina has entered into a partnership agreement with Zhuzhou Southern Education Group, a similar K-12 school of China Southern Group based in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province.

New Project and Announcements Success stories

  • Upcoming event: The 36 Raleigh Arts Festival and 2nd Raleigh China Arts Festival will be held in downtown Raleigh on May 20-22, 2016. For more information about Raleigh Arts Festival/Raleigh China Arts Festival and to submit your entry, contact: Ms. Megan Wang, email:

  • Carolina China Council will provide assistance to China Folk Artists Association and North America Chinese Folk Artists Association in the establishment of a Chinese Folk Arts Center in North Carolina (Photo taken at the press conference on October 1, 2015).

  • China Arts Festival coming to Raleigh Artsplosure2015. An all-star performing arts group led by famous Chinese singer Maddam Guan Mucun will present a world class music, dance and opera showcase at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall at 7:30 PM on May 17.

  • New sister cities under consideration: Xiangtan, Hunan Province and Yixing, Jiangsu Province seek sister cities in North Carolina. Yixing, Jiangsu and Sanford, NC are in late-stage discussions to become sister cities, whereas Xiangtan is in early stage exploratory discussions with several candidate cities in North Carolina. We welcome your suggestions and participation in developing new sister cities between North Carolina and China.

  • Cultural Center Announcing the new NC Chinese Cultural Center: On Nov. 1, CCC announced the plan to establish a nonprofit Chinese Cultural Center in RTP. The Center will initially lease space in the proposed NC Chinatown in Morrisvlle near the RDU Airport being developed by F&K Partners. The Cultural Center has already being heavily utilized by local Chinese community groups for activities from Chinese art exhibits, dancing and singing activities, and community gatherings. We welcome your support and suggestions.

  • Education Exchange Winter Camps planned for February 2015: Two winter camps for middle and high schoolars, one focuses on table tennis exchanges and the other on martial arts and self-defense are planned for February 1-12, 2015. These camps, which will be held in North Carolina, are designed for 8-12 graders and their parents from China. Application deadline is Dec. 10, 2014. For more information contact: Maggie Zhang at

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