About Us

The Carolina China Council (CCC) is a nonprofit organization registered in the State of North Carolina to promote business, cultural and educational exchanges between the Carolinas and China. Since its establishment in March 2009, CCC has been actively engaged in building the bridge between the people in the Carolinas and China. The examples of our activities include:

  1. Promote people-to-people exchanges through the development of sister city relationships;
  2. Promote K-12 and college student and teacher exchanges through summer camps, internships, and educational tours;
  3. Promote cultural exchanges through performing arts shows;
  4. Promote investment and trade through company introductions, organization of trade shows and investment conferences;
  5. Facilitate governmental exchanges by organizing and hosting government meetings and visits.

Our People

The Carolina China Council is a nonprofit organizations governed by its Board of Directors and operated by its Executive Committee. The Chairman, President and Vice Presidents form the executive committee. The members of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors, advisory board and representatives are listed below.

Board of Directors

  • Stanley Bradshaw, Chairman of the Board
    Chairman & CEO, Bradshaw Capital Management, LLC
  • Lian Xie, President
    Professor of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University
  • Christian Holljes, Vice President for North America Affairs
    Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Robin Cummings, MD, FACC
    Chancellor, University of North Carolina-Pembroke
  • John Elmore
    Principal, The O'Neal School
  • Davud Kerr
    Principal, CACW LLC
  • Anna Lamm
    Manager, Internal & Executive Communications, Lenovo, RTP
  • Klaus Larres, Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor
    Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Lee Anne Nance
    Executive Vice President, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, RTP
  • Jian (Gina) Qiao
    Senior Vice President, Lenovo Group
  • Brady Surles
    President, Durham Sister Cities, Durham, NC
  • Wei Xie
    Chief Operating Officer, Capital Data Service LLC
  • Houqi Zhang
    President, Autozi.com, Beijing, China

Advisory Board

  • John Skvarla,
    Senior Government Relations Advisor, Nexsen Pruet, Former Secretary of Commerce
    State of North Carolina
  • Dr. Bailian Li
    Vice Provost for International Affairs, NC State University
  • Dr. Ding Yan
    Former President, NC Chinese American Friendship Association
  • Jianxiong Zhang
    Professor, Department of Biology, UNC-Charlotte

Executive Committee

  • Prof. Lian Xie
  • Prof. Christian Holljes
    Vice President
  • Mr. Tianmin Zhou
    Vice President


  • Mr. Lee Miller, CPA


  • Mr. Tianmin Zhou, Shanghai, China
  • Dr. Houqi Zhang, Beijing, China
  • Ms. Lily Tang, Beijing, China
  • Mrs. Hua Zhang, Hunan, China
  • Dr. Hong Yang, Shenzhen, China

Featured Photos

  • Zhuzhou Mayor Visit "Mayors of Zhuzhou, Hunan and Durham, NC meet in Durham City Hall, October 14, 2015".
  • Chinese Folk Artists visit Sanford "Chinese and North Carolina pottery artists exchange ideas during a visit of Chinese artists to Sanford, North Carolina, October 12, 2015".
  • Hunan leaders host Xie "Hunan leadership team led by Governor Xu Shousheng welcome the visit of Carolina-China Council President Dr. Lian Xie to Changsha, Hunan Province, September 7, 2015. From right: Jin weiguo, Division Chief of Governor's offfice; Xiao Bailing, Director General, Foreign Affairs Office; Tong Xudong, Director General, Department of Science and Technology; Cao Jiongfang, Deputy Secretary General, Governor Office; Xu Shousheng, Governor; Lian Xie, CCC President; Xu Yousheng, Director General, Governor's Office; Zheng Jianxin, Director General, Department of Finance".
  • Zhijiang Peace Gestival "North Carolina Peace Ambassadors arrive in Zhijiang, Hunan Province to attend the 2015 Zhijiang International Peace Culture Festival and Peace Forum on September 4, 2015".
  • Lian Xie visits Chinese Embassy Dr. Lian Xie, President of CCC meets Chinese Ambassador to the United States Mr. Cui Tiankai during the Chinese National Day banquet at the Chinese Embassy on Sept. 28, 2014.
  • Dr. Lian Xie meets Governor Xu Hunan Governor Xu Shousheng greets CCC President Dr. Lian Xie in Changsha, Hunan Province.
  • Pinehurst Zhijiang Sign Agreement Mrs. Virginia Fallon, Mayor of Pinehurst, NC and Mr. Wu Biao, Mayor of Zhijiang, Hunan sign sister city agreement on June 22, 2010.
  • Governor Perdue and Secretary Crisco Meet Dr. Xie NC Governor Beverly Perdue (left) and Secretary of Commerce, Keith Crisco (center) meet Dr. Lian Xie, President of Carolina China Council at the Governor's office on August 15, 2009.
  • Dr. Xie and Senator Blake Attend Reception Dr. Lian Xie (left) and Senator Harris Blake (2nd fron left) attend a reception by Hunan Governor Zhou Qiang (3rd from left) on April 6, 2007.
  • Zhang Chunxian Visits Biltmore Winery Xinjiang Governor Zhang Chunxian visits Biltmore Winery, NC (Photo credit: Lian Xie).
  • David Wolff Signs Autographs North Carolina pianist David Wolff signs autograph for Chinese school children during his visit to Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China as part of the North Carolina delegation attending the 2010 World Peace Festival. (Photo credit: Lian Xie)
  • NC-Hunan Summit NC-Hunan Summit held in DC on February 26. In the picture from left: Hunan Governor Zhou Qiang, NC Governor Bev Perdue, NC Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, NC Senator Harris Blake (photo credit: Lian Xie)
  • Dr. Lian Xie CCC President Dr. Lian Xie (right) was presented an appointment certificate as Oversea's Special Representative of Hunan Province by Hunan Executive Vice Governor Yu Laishan (left) on June 22, 2010 (Photo credit: Jack Wang)

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