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    ~~~~~~ Government Exchanges and Cooperation ~~~~~~

  • November 4, 2016: Hunan Xiangjiang New District delegation visits North Carolina

    At the invitation of Carolina China Council (CCC), Hunan Xiangjiang New District delegation led by its Vice Director Mr. Shehui Luo visited North Carolina from November 3-5. The delegation toured North Carolina State University and Duke University, the Research Triangle Park, and NC department of Commerce. Governor Pat McCrory greeted the guests at the welcome banquet hosted by the Carolina China Council.

  • July 3, 2016: Carolina China Council welcomes Hunan Changsha Chamber of Commerce delegation

    At the invitation of Carolina China Council (CCC), Hunan Changsha Chamber of Commerce delegation led by Vice President Mrs. Ding Wen visited North Carolina from July 2-4. The delegation toured North Carolina State University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle Park, and met local Chinese American business representatives who are interested in finding opportunities in Changsha.

  • June 3, 2016: Discussion meeting held in Changsha on Hunan-North Carolina innovation cooperation

    On an official visit to Changsha, Hunan Province, Drs. Christian Holljes and Lian Xie from North Carolina State University met representatives from Hunan Department of Science and Technology, Changsha Bureau of Science and Technology, Changsha High Tech Park, Zhuzhou High Tech Park, Xiangtan High Tech Park, Hunan University, South Central University to discuss Hunan-NC cooperations in innovation, design, and entrepreneurship.

  • March 11, 2016: Carolina-China Council signs partnership agreement with Nanjing Xianlin University Town

    Today Carolina-China Council President Lian Xie and Nanjing Xianlin University Town Administrative Committee Chairman Pan Zhihong signed a partnership agreement in Nanjing.

  • November 26, 2015: Carolina-China Council President visits Hunan Department of Science and Technology

    At the invitation of Hunan Provincial Governorment, Carolina-China Council President Lian Xie visited Hunan Department of Science and Technology on Novermber 25, 2015 to discuss his proposal to jointly establish dual gateway centers of innovation and entrepreneurship between North Carolina and Hunan Province as a major component of Hunan-North Carolina economic and education cooperation. To read more, visit Hunan Science and Techonology News.

  • 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. To read more, visit Zhuzhou Daily report.

  • 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.

  • ~~~~~~ Education Exchanges ~~~~~~

  • October 29, 2016: Carolina China Council signs cooperation agreement with China Yough Science and Culture Exchange Center of China Soong Ching-ling Foundation

    At the invitation of China Youth Center for International Science and Culture Exchanges, Carolina China Council President Lian Xie, Vice Presidents Tianmin Zhou and Christian Holljes visited the newly constructed center in Beijing under the auspicious of Soong Ching-Ling Foundation. The 80,000 square meter center will be the largest in China when completed and will be the top facility to host international yough exchange programs in science, technology, culture and arts. The visit concluded with the signing of a memorandum of understanding for both sides to cooperate and promote future youth exchange programs between China and the United States.

  • August 26, 2016: Carolina China Council faciliates an agreement between the O'Neal School and China Zionlion Foundation to jointly establish an innovative nonprofit high school in RTP

    A signing ceremony was held in O'Neal School to celebrate the start of a new partnership among O'Neal School, a private nonprofit college preparation day school, the Shanghai-based Zionlion Foundation, and the Carolina China Council (CCC) to building a new innovative nonprofit high school in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. Zionlion Foundation's Chairman Mr. Joney Zhou sincerely hopes that this new schoool will set a high standard for effective, personalized and creative education to enable the success of young students. "This new joint venture will take the charity of Zionlion Foundation to a new level", remarked Mr. Zhou. CCC President, Dr. Lian Xie, Vice President Prof. Christian Holljes, O'Neal School's Headmaster Mr. John Elmore, Assistant Head Dr. Jaiwant Mulik and a group of Zionlion Foundation's management team participated in the signing ceremony.

  • June 8, 2016: Carolina China Council delegates visit Shenzhen

    Prof. Christian Holles and Dr. Lian Xie, representing Carolina China Council, visited Shenzhen Information and Technology College at the invitation of Prof. Xu Shouxiang, Associate Dean of the college. The North Carolina delegates toured the campus facilities and met Dr. Yang Xinbin, Vice President, and his colleagues to discuss the possibility of setting up a Shenzhen-North Carolina joint innovation center on campus. Both sides expressed a common interest in innovation cooperation and agreed to further explore the feasibility and funding sources for establishing such an innovation center.

  • April 15, 2016: Global Innovation Summer School Open for Application

    Application is now open for 10th-12th grade high school students as well as college students for the innovation summer school programs jointly organized by experts and engineers from NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and Research Triangle Park. For more information and start the application, plesae visit the Summer School Program Description and Application Form. and email it to Ms. Bella Wang at: the deadline for application is May 31, 2016.

  • April 9, 2016: Carolina China Council co-sponsors the 7th Annual Chinese Language Contest

    The North Carolina Chinese Language Contest is an annual event organized by the NCSU Confucius Institute since 2010. This year, the Carolina China Council (CCC) was invited to be a co-sponsor. In addition to providing a cash sponsorship for the prizes, CCC representatives Prof. Christian Holljes and Education Program Coordinator Ms. Biwei Wang attended the final contest held today and gave a presentation about CCC and its mission in education and culture exchanges between North Carolina and China.

  • March 4, 2016: Nine O'Neal School Students to Spend Their Springbreak in Hunan, China

    As part of the two-way educational exchange program between North Carolina's O'Neal School and Hunan Province's Nanfang High School setup two-years ago with the assistance of the Carolina China Council, students and teachers from the two schools are exchanging visits regularly. Last January, a group of students from Nanfang High School visited O'Neal School. Next week, it is the turn for O'Neal School students to visit Nanfang.

  • January 30, 2016: O'Neal School and Carolina-China Council co-host the premiere of documentary film "Unforgotten - in memory of the Flying Tigers"

    The premiere of the Fying Tiger's dcocumentary "Unforgotten" was hosted by the O'Neal School and the Carolina-China Council at the O'Neal Theater in Southern Pines, Moore County, NC on January 30, 2016.

  • January 23, 2015: O'Neal School Welcomes Exchange Students from Hunan, China

    This week a dozen students from Nanfang High School, Zhuzhou, Hunan Province are visiting O'Neal School in Sothern Pines, North Carolina. This is the third group of students and teachers from Nanfang High School visiting O'Neal School since the Carolina China Council helped to tie the knot between the two friendship schools last March

  • 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.

  • ~~~~~~ Culture and Arts Exchanges ~~~~~~

  • November 29, 2016: "Chinese Films: 111 Years of History" Exhibition to come to Raleigh on December 28, 2016

    At the invitation of Carolina China Council, a delegation from China Film Museum led by its curator Mr. Chen Zhiqiang will visit Raleigh, North Carolina and open the "Chinese Films: 111 years of history" Exhibition on December 28. The exhibition includes more than 100 posters on display at the NC Chinatown project site: 1001 Airport Blvd, Morrisville, NC and Chinese film showing at CineBistro, Cary facility. More details of the event will be released prior to the event.

  • May 20, 2016: The 37th Raleigh Arts Festival Features Chinese arts

    Over 20 artists from Hunan attended the 2016 Raleigh Arts Festival held in downtown Raleigh from May 20-22. The Chinese artists presented Perking Opera, acrobatics, and folk songs to a sold out audience at Fltcher Opera House of Raleigh Duke Performing Arts Center. Italian opera singer Chiara Taigi and local rock band Delta Ray shared the stage with the Chinese artists. The performance brought a joyful night to the audience.

  • 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. 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ~~~~~~ Economic Development ~~~~~~

  • October 25, 2016: Carolina China Council co-hosts the 2016 SINO-US Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    A 18-member delegation with top experts in design, innovation and entrepreneurship attended the 2016 Hunan Changsha Science and tehcnonology Commericalization Fair and the 2016 Sino-US Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 15 business proposals from the North Carolina delegation were presented at the forum and generated significant interests from the investors and industrial partners attending the forum and led to the signing of several cooperation agreements. The forum is co-hosted by Changsha Science and Technology Bureau, Changsha High Tech Park and Carolina China Council.

  • March 7, 2016: Carolina-China Council provides relocation serves to Chinese medical device company to RTP

    A team composed of local commerical real-estate agent, business lawyer, economic developer, and industry advisers are coordinated by the Carolina China Council to provide corporate relocation services to Precifit Medical, a Chinese medical device company looking to relcate to the Research Triangle Park, NC.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ~~~~~~ Organizational Updates ~~~~~~

  • Carolina China Council opens representative office in Shenzhen, China

    For immediate release, July 12, 2016: Carolina-China Council (CCC) adds a new representative office in Shenzhen, China. Dr. Hong Yang, a long-time Chinese community leader in Raleigh, North Carolina and business owner in Shenzhen, China, will lead the operations of the CCC Shznzhen office. The primary function of the CCC Shenzhen office is to facilitate exchanges and cooperation in education, culture and economic development between Shenzhen and North Carolina. The office is phyiscally located at: Tianxia International Center, Level A4, Taoyuan Road.

  • Professor Christian Holljes joins Carolina China Council Board

    For immediate release, December 6, 2015: World renowned inventor and designer Prof. Christian Holljes or North Carolina State University joins the Carolina China Council Board of Directors. Prof. Holljes previously worked at Apple as an innovative designer. He has invented numerous highly acclaimed products, including the best selling "smart cycle" and co-developed the high tech gaget "Google glass". He is currently a tenured professor in the School of Design of North Carolina State University, where he will lead a team of scientists and innovators to establish an "Innovation and Sustainable Design Center".

  • Carolina-China Council 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 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.

  • 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:

  • ~~~~~~ Earlier News Headlines ~~~~~~

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • New project initiated: O'Neal School, Zionlion Foundation and Carolina China Council sign agreement to jointly develop an innovation high school in RTP.

  • "Invitation to join North Carolina innovation and entrepreuneurship delegation to China

    Application is now open for participation in North Carolina Innovation and Entrepreuneurship delegation to visit China during October 22-29. The delegation will attend the "2016 China-US Global Innovation and Entrepreuneurship Conference" in Changsha on October 24-26, and a Shenzhen-North Carolina innovation cooperation meeting on Oct. 27-28. Travel expenses in China are paid for all invited delegates. Up to $15 million will be awarded to each successful proposal, with a total funding available at the conferences exceeding $1 billion. For more information contact:

  • "Global Innovation Summer School" open for application

    Application is now open for 10th -12th grade high school students for one of the most innovative summer school programs available in the triangle region jointly organized by experts and engineers from NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and Research Triangle Park. The 2016 Global innovation Summer School is a 3 week hands-on experience with world leaders in innovation, data science and information technology to develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills for real-world problems of the 21st century. The objective is to produce 21st century innovative talents by enhancing the creativity of the young minds through stimulating seminars and fun filled research activities. For more information and start the application, plesae visit the Summer School Program Description and Application Form. and email it to Ms. Bella Wang at:

  • 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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