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Carolina China Council to co-host Chinese New Year Celebration with North Carolina Hunanese Association
North Carolina Hunan Association and Carolina China Council will be co-hosting Chinese New Year celebration at the NC Chinese Culture Center, 1001 Airport Blvd, Morrisville, NC 27560. Date and time: 5:30-9:30PM, February 4, 2017. The event will feature authentic Hunan cuisine, performance, prize drawings and Karaoke for all participants. The cost is $5 per person. To register, visit: Year of Rooster celebration.
January 22, 2017: Students and teachers from Nanfang High School visit O'Neal School
A group of students and teachers from Nanfang High School, Hunan Province visit their partner school O'Neal School last week. Their visit included culture immersion with host families, cultural exchange activities at school, collaborative projects, including an environmental science project started when O'Neal's students were in China last March. An all-school (K-12) Assembly featuring performances from the Chinese students was held in the gymnasium of the Hannah Marie Bradshaw Activity Center on the O'Neal campus on Friday January 20. The partnership between O'Neal School and Nanfang High School has been established two years ago with the assistance of the Carolina China Council.
"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.
December 12, 2016: Hunan Zhijiang delegation visits sister city Pinehurst, NC
At the invitation of Pinehurst Mayor Mrs. Nancy Roy Fiorillo, Hunan Zhijiang delegation led by Zhijiang Vice Mayor Long Shuiping visited Pinehurst North Carolina from December 11-13. The delegation visited the O'Neal School and met with Pinehurst Town Council members including the mayor to discuss sister city cooperations in education, cultural exchange, economic development and tourism. Pinehurst and Zhijiang established sister city relationship in 2010 with the assistance of the Carolina China Council.
December 5, 2016: Jiangxi Xinyu City delegation visits Charlotte
Xinyu delegation from Jiangxi Province, China led by Mayor Dong Xiaojian visted Charlotte, NC to discuss economic cooperation and friendship city relationship between the two cities. Charlotte Mayor Jeniffer Roberts hosted the Xinyu delegation at her downtown office. Charlotte based chemical company Albemarile Corporation signed a major deal to acquire Xinyu based Jiangli Group. The exact amount of the deal was not disclosed, but was believed to be in hundreds of million U.S. dollars, which would be one of the largest investments in Jiangxi Province from a North Carolina company. Carolina China Council arranged the mayor's meeting.
December 3, 2016: "Discover China 2016, International Fine Arts Exhibition opens at Cary Town Hall Gallery
FotoSay International Science and Arts Center hosted a public reception for the Discover China Art Exhibition in partnership with Carolina China Council and other local organizations at Cary Town Hall Gallery today. It is the 3rd year of the fine arts show. Over 40 pieces of selected artworks are on exhibition, including ink paintings, calligraphies, and folk arts. The exhibition lasts from November 23rd, 2016 to January 23rd, 2017. For more details of the International Fine Arts Show visit: http://asianfocusnc.org/discover-china-2016-international-fine-arts-exhibition/ .
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.
October 29, 2016: Carolina China Council signs cooperation agreement with China Youth 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.
October 27, 2016: North Carolina innovation and entrepreneurship delegation visits Changsha
An 18 member delegation from North Carolina's innovation community visited Hunan Changsha from October 24 to 27, 2016. The main purpose of the trip was to present 15 technology investment projects to potential investors attending the 2016 China-US Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum co-hosted by Hunan Changsha Science and Technology Bureau and the Carolina China Council. the North Carolina delegation signed two cooperation agreements with Hunan Xiangtan High Tech Park and Hunan Kinglory Group to co-develop gateway centers for innovation and entrepreneurship both in Hunan and in North Carolina.
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. On July 3, Mr. Greg Hatem, a successful Raleigh businessman and long-time friend of the Chinese community, hosted a welcome banquet for the guests from Changsha. Although the event was held on the July 4th holiday weekend, many friends of the Carolina China Council, including Larry Robbins from Wyrric and Robbins Law Firm, Stan Bradshaw from Bradshaw Capital Management, Brady Surles from Durham Sister City Committee, Scott Long, Lian Xie, Hong Yang and Christian Holljes from the Carolina China Council, Daniel Friel from Charlotte investment firm, and Dr. Hamid Krim from North Carolina State University. At the conclusion of their visit to North Carolina, Mrs. Ding Wen, the head of the Changsha delegation announced that a conference on the cooperation between North Carolina and Hunan in innovation and entrepreuneurship will be hosted by Changsha municipal government in October and business leaders, scholars and government officials from North Carolina are welcomed to attend.
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.
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. Both sides agreed on a road map to establish joint centers for sustanable innovation, design and entrepreneurship (CSIDE) in North Carolina and Hunan.
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.
April 15, 2016: Global Innovation Summer School Open for Application
Application is now open for 10th - 12th grade high school as well as college students for the innovation summer school program 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: email@example.com. The application deadline 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. For more details of the Chinese Language Contest visit: https://confucius.oia.ncsu.edu/programs-events/chinese-contests/
Press release, 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. The agreement calls for the establishment of reciprocal representative offices in Nanjing and Raleigh, NC to facilitate exchanges and cooperation on economic development and innovation. During the signing ceremony of the agreement, a doorplate for the CCC office in Nanjing Xianlin University Town was unveiled by CCC Board of Director Christian Holljes and Xianlin University Town Administrator Li Hui.
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. For more information about O'Neal School's China Program, visit: http://www.onealschool.org/Page/Global-Programs/International-Program-Connections/China
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. For more details of the event, visit: http://www.onealschool.org/page/News-Detail?pk=1022570&fromId=233849
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 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. The meeting was hosted by Director General of the department, Mr. Tong Xudong, and attended by representatives from major universities, industrial parks and government agencies from Hunan Province. 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. 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 "http://www.zhuzhou.gov.cn/gk/gzdt/bmdt/342064.htm."
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 "http://ny2.usqiaobao.com/e-paper/category/3219-10-09-2015.html."
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 Tiger" 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 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 Autozi.com) 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.
China Arts Festival is coming to town this May
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 teaming 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".
"Impression China: All Star Dance, Music and Opera show": Want to see the best show from China? This is it! The Carolina China Council and China Arts Festival Foundation will bring a group of world-class professional performers from China to present an evening of fun-filled music, dance and opera showcase. These star performers include internationally acclaimed Soprano Manhua Gao, Mezzo Soprano Mucun Guan, Tenor Bo Jiang, 10 Peking Opera stars, the famous "Seven Sense Girls" dance and singing group, the "Miao" minority rising star singer "A'miao" , the amazing single string master Shaohua Meng, and the celebrity Nigeria-born singer George Asabere, known as "Haodi" (Good Brother) in China. "Impression China" will undoubtedly leave you with a wonderful lasting "impression" about Chinese art and culture. Performance venue: Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC27601. Date and time: 7:30-9:30PM, May 17. For tickets and show information, call: 919-219-3895.
Tickets are also sold through Ticketmaster (800.745.3000) and at the Duke Energy Center Box Office. Box-office hours are 9 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The box office is located on the Wilmington Street side of the Center. You can also purchase tickets night of show, which opens 1 hour prior to scheduled performance if tickets are still available. Click here for more infomration
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Over two-hundred enthusiastic art lovers attended the ceremony. China Press provided press coverage and Fotosay.com provided webcast support for the event.
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. The Advisory Board also includes the Mayor of Durham City, Durham County Commissioner, State Senator, and other prominent business and community leaders. On October 24, an advisory board meeting was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of Durham Sister Cities. Durham is a major city in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. Zhuzhou City of Hunan Province is one of the sister cities of Durham.
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. The partnership will enable Shanghai Yu Link to reach out to potential clients in the Carolinas via Carolina-China Council's extensive network and cross-cultural business service experience, whereas the members and business partners of the Carolina China Council will benefit from Yu Link's venture capital funding and business services in Shanghai.
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. Delicious meals and wines were served for dinner. Carolina China Council president Lian Xie attended the event.
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. The event is jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute at NC State, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina State Board of Education, UNC Center for International Understanding and Public Schools of North Carolina with a theme on "How to cultivate world class leaders in North Carolina".
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. Parents and host of families for the new students were also present. The event was also a kick off of O'Neal's China Program which was envisioned by the late former State senator and Chairman of Carolina China Council Harris Blake. More two-way exchanges between O'Neal and its partner schools in China are planned for the near future.
Eulogy for Former State Senator Harris Blake
(Special remark at Harris Blake's funeral on June 12)
For those of you who don't know me, I am Lian Xie, "Dr. Xie" as Senator Harris Blake used to call.
Senator Blake and I met a little over 8 years ago in High Falls when he asked me to invite Chinese embassy officials to attend the memorial service for a Flying tigers pilot Lt. Robert Hoyle Upchurch, who died in Hunan Province, China during World War II while helping the Chinese against Japanese invasion. Since then, Senator Blake and I became an inseparable team in the nonprofit Carolina China Council which promotes educational, cultural and business exchanges between North Carolina and China. We traveled together to China many times and co-hosted numerous Chinese guests. In many occasions he would be the speaker and I would be the interpreter.
It was not always easy to be his interpreter as he was often so focused on his speech that he would speak from the beginning to the end non-stop, and I had to pull his jacket to signal him to pause once awhile so I could translate.
Senator Blake was a mentor and a role model for me. He was an effective, most trusted and most respected leader at the Carolina China Council. He led the council by his actions. "Let's get it done" were his most often spoken words.
He was also a generous supporter for the council and the many missions we accomplished together, whether it was getting the National Chinese orchestra to perform in Moore county, sponsoring the cultural exchange trips for North Carolina students and teachers to visit China or simply hosting a welcome reception for Chinese guests, he not only spent enormous amount of time but also provided donation to the council when we were short of funds.
He told me quietly on one of the many trips to China: "Dr. Xie, I have to be on this trip no matter how much it would cost. I told Joy, the more I work with Dr. Xie, the less I would have left for You". Sorry, Joy.
70 years ago, a young North Carolinian named Robert Hoyle Upchurch devoted his life to build the foundation for friendship and mutual understanding between Chinese and American people. 70 years later, an old North Carolinian named Harris Durham Blake devoted the final 8 years of his life to construct a bridge between our two countries on that foundation, so people from our two countries can cross the bridge and embrace each other culturally and economically.
I was in China 10 days ago when I received a text message from Senator Blake. He asked me when I would be back. I knew he had important words for me and wanted to see me. I cut my trip short and came back to see him last Thursday. He was still able to talk and move his hands. We talked for awhile. He was holding my hands and his last words were: "East meets west". He repeated those words several times.
70 years ago Lt. Upchurch thought he would be forgotten if his plane is bumped, but we didn't forget him. So won't we forget Senator Blake.
I have said in many occasions, that Senator Blake was like my father. My father was about his age and also went to the Korean War, except he and Senator Blake were on different sides of the front-line. Today, as Senator Blake wished, "East meets west" across the bridge of friendship and mutual understanding, and we come together in a better world.
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. The Zhuzhou Foreign Language School and The O’Neal School are collaborating with Nanfang High School in the areas of culture and curriculum as it is a part of a K-12 educational consortium. Nanfang faculty members visited O’Neal for almost a whole school day as a part of their trip through mid-atlantic and southern states.
The group was treated to student tours, visits to Upper School classes, and a traditional southern barbeque lunch. The visitors were able to interview O’Neal’s current Chinese students and ended their visit with activities with Middle School students.
“The relationship with Zhuzhou Language School and Nanfang High School is truly a cooperative one, states John Elmore. “We hope to host a few of their students for a short visit in the coming school year and ideally, we will find a way for some of our faculty to visit their school as well.”
O’Neal is working with the Carolina China Council to participate in the initiative to expand the School’s international academic and cultural program. Currently, O’Neal has two Chinese students enrolled this year. Four Chinese students have been enrolled to O’Neal for the 2014/2015 school year, and they too will participate fully with all O’Neal student academic and social programs. The School plans to expand its program into other countries in the near future.
O’Neal is a college preparatory, independent day school. Presently, it serves students from pre-kindergarten age 3 through 12th grade. O’Neal is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character and physical well-being of its students in an environment where self-discipline, integrity and consideration for others are fundamental. The School is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). Financial assistance and limited transportation services are available.
The Carolina China Council (www.carolina-chinacouncil.org) is the leading nonprofit organization registered in North Carolina dedicated to promote and facilitate cultural, educational and commercial exchanges between the Carolinas and China.
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 on the sacred Santai Mountain and laid flowers at the Memorial. Lt. Upchurch was born in Moore County, North Carolina and died in Guidong as a Flying Tigers pilot while helping the Chinese fight against the Japanese invasion during World World II. His sacrifice touched the hearts of Chinese people and the memorial was built in 2007 as a joint effort by the people in Guidong and members of the Carolina China Council. Today, Guidong County and Moore County are sister counties and the people in both places promote their friendship through all forms of exchanges and activities.
March 28, 2014: 2014 Hunan Chinese Culture Summer Camp open for application.
Camp dates: June 22 - July 7.
Host: Hunan Xiangtan City
Synopsis: The 2014 Hunan Chinese Culture Summer Camp will be an exclusive camp for North Carolina High School students. The camp includes student exchange activities in Xiangtan and Changsha, visits to the famous world heritage site Zhangjiajie National Park, Shaoshan, and a 3 day tour in Beijing.
Eligibility: senior high school students with outstanding academic standing and a passion for Chinese culture and international culture exchange.
Total slots available: 9 students + 1 adult supervisor
Application deadline: April 15, 2014
Cost: no cost (all cost in China covered by a scholarship from the Carolina China Council; participants pay only visa application fee, international airfare and personal items on their own or through the Carolina China Council, estimated to be approximately $2200 if through the Carolina China Council)
Application fee: $0
Deposit: $100 refundable security deposit if selected. The deposit will be refunded to participants on the first day of the camp. No show participants will not receive the refund.
For more information and to obtain an application form, send email to: email@example.com.
The 2014 Hunan Chinese Culture Summer Camp will be an exclusive camp for North Carolina High School students. The camp includes student exchange activities in Xiangtan and Changsha, visits to the famous world heritage site Zhangjiajie National Park, Shaoshan, and a 3 day tour in Beijing.
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. O'Neal's new headmaster, Mr. John Elmore signed the agreement with his counterpart at Zhuzhou Southern. Carolina China Council president Lian Xie facilitated this partnership and witnessed the signing of the agreement.
February 8, 2014: Carolina China Council President Lian Xie Receives highest state honor.
North Carolina governor Pat McCrory presented a Certification of Appreciation Award to Dr. Lian Xie, President of the Carolina China Council for his outstanding services and dedication to the state of North Carolina. This award is the highest state honor available to an individual North Carolina citizen not born in the state. More details of the story can be found from the press report: Professor honored for forging ties with China
February 4, 2014: Carolina China Council hosts Yiwu delegation.
At the invitation of the Carolina China Council, Mr. Feng Xubin, General manager of the world's largest commodities market Yiwu City, visited the Research Triangle Park, NC Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, High Point furniture market and the Town of Morrisville The purpose of his visit was to discuss the partnership between Yiwu and NC Chinatown.
Trans-Pacific melodies resonant across the Pacific
The two-week tour of China National Orchestra (CNO) to the United States arranged by Carolina China Council ended on October 8 with a huge success. Together with Carolina International Orchestra, 10 award-winning artists along with their conductor He Jianguo and director Xi Qiang performed four concerts in Maryland and North Carolina between September 27 and October 6. The CNO delegates also gave lectures witg on stage demonstration on Chinese traditional music to students, professionals and the general public in Washington DC, Raleigh, Pinehurst and Sanford, NC. The CNO's trans Pacific tour brought Chinese traditional music and music instruments to ordinary Americans, and to most of them, for the first time. The concerts were simply stunning with its beauty and power. As Raleigh resident Mrs. Marsha Burger wrote after the concert in Raleigh, "I just want to tell you just how much I enjoyed the concert yesterday. These very talented young Chinese musicians moved me to tears. Their performance touched my soul in ways that I cannot describe." Russ Johnson, a Wilmington, NC resident drove for two hours to the concert last Sunday and a week after the concert, he wrote: "what a memorable day! The concert was first class and enriched everyone's lives, I am still visualizing the orchestra and can hear it." The melodies from the concert were truly trans Pacific and will resonate in the minds of the people across the Pacific for a long time to come.
August 26, 2013: Honorary Citizen's Award Presented to Former Senator Harris Blake.
During a recent visit of the eleven member Hunan Province Sister-State Delegation to North Carolina, the head of the delegation, Madam Liu Xiaoyue, Deputy Director of Hunan Foreign Affairs Office, presented a "Honorary Citizen's award" to former Senator Harris Blake. It was given by the delegation in recognition of Blake’s exceptional contribution to forge friendly relations between Hunan and North Carolina through his work with the Carolina China Council. The award was presented at a luncheon at the Capital City Club in Raleigh on August 23rd. After a visit to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, the delegation traveled to Moore County to explore a potential educational exchange. The final stop was at the Gilliam McConnell Airport to view the memorial dedicated to Lt. Upchurch last year.
The Carolina China Council (CCC) is a nonprofit organization registered in the state of North Carolina to promote business, cultural and educational exchanges between North Carolina and China. Since its establishment in March 2009, CCC has been actively engaged in building a bridge between our state and China. The relationship grew out of a common bond shared between Hunan Province and Moore County involving a World War II Flying Tiger pilot. Lt. Hoyle Upchurch gave his life while flying under the American flag to defend China against Japan. The pilot was buried and his gravesite was maintained for 62 years in Hunan Province. When DNA samples revealed the pilot’s identity, his remains were returned to Moore County in 2006. Relationships that formed at the time of the pilot’s return have flourished into what is today the Carolina China Council.
An example of the Carolina China Council’s cooperative business efforts involves Innovative Design, a NC-based green architectural design company. Mike Nicklas, President of Innovative Design, Inc. has recently signed a contract to develop a senior housing complex in Hunan Province, China. Innovative Design is a US Department of Energy Certified green technology company and a member of the US Green Building Council. CCC is committed to assist its members to expand its business across the Pacific through its vast network of connections on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
August 12, 2013: Innovative Design Inc Joins CCC as Corporate Member
Raleigh, NC-based green architectural design company, Innovative Design, became the latest member of the Carolina China Council today. Mike Nicklas, President of Innovative Design Inc and Lian Xie, President of CCC signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement to develop a strategic partnership between the two organizations. Innovative Design is a US Department of Energy Certified green technology company and a member of the US Green Building Council. CCC is committed to assist its members to expand its business across the Pacific through its vast network of connections on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
August 1, 2013: Ms. Sheng Liu Joins CCC as a Student Intern
Sheng graduated from Duke University's Global Health Program with a master degree this past summer. She previously served as an intern at the United Nations Headquarters in the Department of Economics and Social Affairs, a Field Researcher at U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 and as a Research Assistant in the Duke Global Health Institute. As a student intern, Sheng will coordinate CCC's on going cultural exchange program with China and North Carolina - Hunan senior health care cooperation program. Sheng's internship starts today.
July 8, 2013: Two University of North Carolina-Wilmington students receive Lenovo scholarship
Two University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW) students, Aaron Kohrs and Savannah Carter, are on their way to attend a two-week Chinese culture summer camp in one of North Carolina's sister provinces, Hunan, China. Their summer camp program includes Chinese culture classes and visits to UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Hunan Province. Their trip was made possible by the "Lenovo Scholarship" administered by the Carolina China Council. The scholarship offers partial travel support each year to up to 20 full-time high-school and college students enrolled in a school in North Carolina for their scholarly trips to China. The scholarship awards are made based on the applicant's academic achievements, financial needs and level of interest in Chinese culture. Since 2010, 40 North Carolina students and teachers have received this prestigious award and attended culture enrichment camps in China.
July 4, 2013: Carolina China Council selected by the Ministry of Culture of China to facilitate US-China Culture Exchange
Today the Carolina China Council (CCC) and China National Orchestra (CNO), a world-renowned performing arts organization under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of China reached an agreement to develop a partnership to promote Sino-U.S. cultural exchanges. Under this agreement, CCC will serve as the representative agent for CNO to promote its concert tours in the United States and assist CNO in the hosting of U.S. artists for their performances in China. The partnership will begin by jointly hosting a series of concerts by both Chinese and U.S. artists in the U.S. in the fall of 2013.
June 19, 2013: F & K Partners to develop the first North Carolina Chinatown
Today, F&K Partners has closed the deal to purchase the Morrisville Outlet Mall across Interstate 40 from the RDU airport. The plan is to convert the 25 acre vacant shopping center into a modern Chinatown reflecting today's China. The Carolina China Council has been a major facilitator for the transaction.
CCC Chairman Harris Blake Receives State's Highest Honor
Chairman of Carolina China Council and former State Senator Harris Blake, who served 10 years in Raleigh representing Moore County, stood before friends and colleagues Thursday April 11 as he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor awarded by the North Carolina Governor to a North Carolina citizen.
Joy Donat Elected CCC Executive Board Member and Vice President
At its 2013 annual board meeting on April 28, Joy Donat was elected as the board's new member unanimously. Mrs. Donat was a founding board member and Vice President of the Carolina China Council in 2009. Since 2010, she has served as a member of the council's Advisory Board. In addition to having served on CCC's Executive and Advisory Boards, she has also held executive positions in a Public relations firm and served as a property manager and real estate broker in Wilmington, North Carolina. The addition of Mrs. Donat to CCC's Executive Board and leadership team enables the CCC to provide better services to its members and clients, particularly with regard to property related investments.
Carolina China Council announces the 2013 Hunan Summer Camp and Lenovo Scholarship
1) 2013 Chinese Culture Summer Camp in Hunan Province
The 2013 Chinese Culture Summer Camp in Hunan Province is open to all full-time high school and college students in the State of North Carolina who are interested in learning Chinese language and culture through a two-week summer camp in Hunan Province.
Time: July 8 - July 19, 2013
Program Fee: $0 (all expenses in Hunan province will be paid for by the program host and the Lenovo scholarship)
Available slots: 10-15 campers and 1 chaperon
Your cost: travel and visa expenses from North Carolina to Changsha (on your own or participate in Carolina China Council travel arrangement)
Application fee: $100 (it will be refunded to you if you are not accepted; it will be waived if you apply and receive the Lenovo scholarship)
Application deadline: May 25, 2013
7/8: Arrival in Changsha, Airport Pick Up
7/9: Opening Ceremony, Culture classes, welcome banquet
7/10: Culture Classes
7/11: Culture Classes
7/12: Culture Classes, Cross-cultural party
7/13: Tour of Changsha, Hunan Cuisine
7/14: Tour of Wang Cheng City, then visit Changde City
7/15: Tour of Changde City, then visit Zhangjiajie National Park
7/16: Zhangjiajie National Park
7/17: Zhangjiajie National Park
7/18: Tour of Shaoshan
7/19: End of camp ceremony and depart
Optional Tour in Beijing: 7/20-23: $400 fee to cover airfare and tour expenses in Beijing.
To apply: fill out the attached application form and send it by email to Dr. Lian Xie: firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to: 3308 Cookefield Ct., Raleigh, NC 27606.
2) 2013 Lenovo Scholarship
Amount: $500 cash plus all expenses in China;
Available awards: 10 awards.
- US Citizen
- Enrolled in a full-time high school or college in the State of North Carolina
- Annual family income < $100,000;
To apply: send your school transcript and documentation of financial need to Dr. Lian Xie at: email@example.com or by postal mail to: 3308 Cookefield Ct., Raleigh, NC 27606
3) Application for summer camp chaperon: fill out the summer camp application form, indicating you are applying as a chaperon, and submit a short CV indicating your experience in working with a group teenagers. Selected chaperon will received $1000 to cover international airfare, and free participation of summer camp activities.
4) Optional tours in Beijing (7/20 - 23) including airfare from Changsha to Beijing: $400: please indicate if you'd like to participate in the optional tour of Beijing in your summer camp application.
Application deadline for all applications: May 25, 2013.
The 2013 Nanjing 321 Program is now open for applications
Congratulation to Dr. Ben Liu, a former NCSU faculty member turned entrepreneur and the latest recipient of the 2012 Nanjing 321 Program award through the assistance of the Carolina China Council! The 2013 Nanjing 321 Program is now open for applications for financial support from would be entrepreneurs who wish to start a new business or a business partnership in Nanjing. The deadline for application is May 20. For more information, contact the Carolina China Council (www.carolina-chinacouncil.org) with your business proposal (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org) or read the Chinese announcement and contact Nanjing 321 Program Office directly.
CCC Welcomes Dr. Guozhong Yu to the Team
Dr. Guozhong Yu, now a professor at Jiamusi University in Northeastern China has been elected as CCC's representative for Northeastern China. Dr. Yu has spent 17 years living and working in the RTP region as a researcher at Duke University before returning to China to become a professor. His knowledge about North Carolina and his hometown in Northeastern China makes him an excellent choice for the Northeastern China Representative of the Carolina China Council. In his capacity as CCC's Northeastern China Representative and as a full-time professor at Jiamusi University, Dr. Yu's primary responsibility will be to oversee the education and cultural exchange programs between the Carolinas and Northeastern China. The selection of Dr. Yu for this important position took place in early March following his meeting with CCC President Lian Xie and CCC's education partners in North Carolina.
CCC President attends China International Educational Expo
On March 10, 2013, Dr. Lian Xie, President of Carolina China Council, visited the 18th China International Education Expo in Beijing, China as a VIP guest speaker. Dr. Xie discussed the advantages of the higher education system in the United States, the various college rankings, and the opportunities for Chinese students to study in the University of North Carolina System schools. Details of his interview with Ms. Feng Lei, Chief Editor of the Study Abroad Channel at China Education Online, can be found at: http://www.eol.cn/html/lx/zbsd/index.shtml.
"China on String" - a world class concert by China National Orchestra and Raleigh Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Raleigh, NC
Invited by the Carolina China Council, the world's best Chinese Orchestra - China National Orchestra will be presenting a Chinese New Concert "China on String" jointly with Raleigh Symphony in Meymandi Hall, Raleigh, on February 17. This concert will showcase the magical musical sounds when classical western orchestra performs with the traditional Chinese musical instrument ensemble. It is a must see. For tickets, call Jenny at: (919) 760-3898, or Ticketmaster: 800.745.3000. To order online from the box office, click: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/event/raleigh-symphony-orchestra-3681.
North Carolina and Hunan Establish Sister State Relationship
The State of North Carolina of the United States of America and Hunan Province of the People's Republic of China have formally established a friendship state/province relationship with the signing of the friendship state/province agreement by their respective governors. The agreement was signed by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue and Hunan Governor Xu Shousheng on October 4 and October 25, 2012, respectively. Meanwhile, the Carolina China Council and the State of North Carolina have signed a side agreement to have the Carolina China Council assisting the state in its cultural, education and business exchange activities with Hunan.
This important relationship was the outcome of the visit to Hunan Province by a North Carolina friendship delegation led by State Senator Harris Blake. The purpose of the 2007 visit to Hunan was to participate in a ceremony unveiling a new memorial in Guidong County, Hunan Province, for Robert Hoyle Upchurch, a Flying Tiger's Pilot born in Moore County, NC. A letter of intent to establish a friendship state/province between Hunan and North Carolina was signed during that visit. More background information can be found in a related report by the Pilot News.
Events to celebrate this milestone relationship between Hunan and North Carolina are planned in the upcoming months.
Durham and Zhuzhou formalize Sister City Relationship
On September 5, Zhuzhou City of Hunan Province, China and Durham City of NC, USA have entered into a formal agreement to be become sister cities. For more details, read commentary by Herald Sun editor Bob Ashley: Building a better world person to person
Nanjing Xuanwu District selects CCC as trade representative in North Carolina
On August 23, witnessed by over 30 Triangle-area business leaders and government officials, CCC President Lian Xie and Nanjing Xuanwu District Trade and Investment Bureau Director Dai Xiucheng signed an agreement to become business partners at the Siena Hotel conference center in Chapel Hill, NC. The two parties in the partnership agreement appointed each other as their respective trade representatives in their partner's location.
Carolina China Council Elects New Board Members
At its 2012 annual board meeting held in Raleigh on April 29, CCC's current board unanemously approved the board membership of Ms. Jian (Gina) Qiao, Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group, Ms. Anna Lamm, US Director of the Confucius Institute at NC State University, and Mr. Bruce Elliston, a well established physician with the Extended Care Management in Asheville, NC. With the retirement of Wei Xie, Jianxiong Zhang, David Wolff and Meng Li from the board, the 2012-2013 Board members are: Harris Blake, Lian Xie, Lee Anne Nance, Lee Settle, Jian Qiao, Robin Cummings, Anna Lamm, Michael Collozi and Houqi Zhang. The new Board approved elected Mr. Lee Settle, one of the founders of Durham based Square-1-Bank as CCC's new Vice President.
Travel Scholarships for NC College Students and Teachers
In partnership with Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China and Xinjiang University, the Carolina China Council announces the availability of international travel scholarships for North Carolina college students and teachers to participate in a three-week "International Cultural Exchange Program with Xinjiang, China" from June 10 to 30, 2012. The travel scholarship will cover all expenses including international travel, hotel, meals, ground transportation, field trips and educational programs, except for a $200 application fee. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply. Teachers can also apply as supervisors. For more details, please refer to the program application materials.
Hunan Friendship Delegation visits North Carolina
Madam Yang Chune, Deputy Director General of Hunan Foreign Affairs Office, led a 13 member government and business representatives to visit North Carolina on July 14 and 15. The main objective of their visit is to discuss tourism cooperation and foster friendship between Hunan and North Carolina.
2011 Bridge Fellowship Recipients Participate Chinese Culture Summer Camp in Beijing and Hunan
Durham County Jordan High School teacher Pedro Bolanos is leading a 6 member summer camp group touring China from July 6 to 21. They are supported by the "Bridge Fellowship" awarded by the Carolina China Council. This year's fellowship was made possible by a generous donation from CCC Chairman and State Senator Harris Blake.
Zhuzhou Sun Mall Completes Phase I Study for a Modern Factory Outlet
Zhuzhou, Hunan Province is on its way to build one of the world's largest shopping centers which will also house a modern factory outlet, as pointed out by a feasibility study done by a leading factory outlet consultant group led by QTM based in the United States. The Carolina China Council coordinated the study.
Mr. Zhang Chunxian, Honorable Governor of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China visits North Carolina
Governor Zhang Chunxian and his 18 member delegation from China visited the famous high-tech hub Research Triangle Park, the financial center Charlotte, and Cherokee Indian Reservation from June 9-11. State Senators Harris Blake, Jim Davis and Tommy Tucker accompanied the delegation throughout their visit to North Carolina.
North Carolina-Hunan Summit held in Washington DC on February 26
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and other members of the NC delegation met a high-level delegation from Hunan Province led by Hunan Governor Zhou Qiang. The two governors discussed a broad range of topics on the cooperation between North Carolina and Hunan. The meeting was arranged by China People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CAFFC) and the US National Governors Association with assistance from the Carolina China Council (CCC). CAFFC President Madam Li Xiaolin, CCC Chairman Harris Blake, President Lian Xie were present at the meeting.
Michale Colozzi, David Wolff and Meng Li elected to CCC Executive Board
Carolina China Council 2011 annual Board of Directors meeting was held in Raleigh on February 6. Seven current board members and three new members were elected to serve for a 12-month term ending in February 2012. The two retiring board members were elected to the Advisory Board.
Hunan Governor Zhou Qiang to Visit the United States
Hunan Governor Zhou Qiang has been invited by the US National Governor's Association (NGA) to attend the 2011 NGA Winter Meeting in Washington DC from February 25-28. Governor Zhou is representing the governors of Chinese provinces to meet with his counterparts in the United States to discuss a new mechanism for US-China dialog at the governors level.
CCC President meets Chairman of Yibang Group
On January 6, Lian Xie, President of CCC met Mr. Ying Zhongshu, Chairman of Yibang Group of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China in Beijing. The two agreed to collaborate on the promotion of Chinese commercial real estate in the United States. Mr. Ying is a member of the Chinese Political Consultative Congress and an influential business leader in China.
Vice Chairman Ni Yuefeng Meets CCC President in Beijing
On December 23, 2010 Mr. Ni Yuefeng, Vice Chairman of Environment and Natural Resource Commission, China National People's Congress, met Lian Xie, CCC president and Professor of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, NC State University, in Beijing to discuss ways to reduce China's air and water pollution. Prof. Xu Xiangde, Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Prof. Wang Hui, Director General of China National Marine Environment Forecasting Center were also present at the meeting. Dr. Zhang Houqi, Former Vice President of Lenovo Group and Chairman of CCC Beijing Office hosted the meeting. The Environment and Natural Resources Commission is a ministry-level government agency in charge of making environmental protection laws in China.
Hunan Tianyi Group selects Carolina China Council as Its International Business Partner:On December 26, 2010, the Carolina China Council was selected as the chief international marketing partner by Hunan Tianyi Group. Tianyi Group is investing over US$1.5 billion in developing China’s largest shopping center, referred to as the Shennong City, in Zhuzhou, the birth place of the first king of China (Emperor Yan). Shennong City will provide over 5 million square-feet of premium space for retail shops, restaurants and entertainment.
The Green Equipment Solutions Selects Carolina China Council as Its Exclusive Marketing Partner:Michael Covington, President and CEO of Green Equipment Solutions and Lian Xie, President of Carolina China Council signed a service agreement to grant the Carolina China Council as the exclusive marketing partner for Green Equipment Solutions products in China.
Team Formed to Increase Export of Agricultural Products to China:On December 16, 2010, a team led by experienced business leader Michael Colozzi was established to increase the exports of NC agricultural products to China. The establishment of the agricultural trade promotion team was at the request of Chinese food processing companies in Shanghai and other major cities.
Hunan Commerce Delegation Visit North Carolina:Mr. Liu Jie, Director General of the Department of Commerce of Hunan Province, China, led a 14 member delegation, representing high-level government officials and business leaders from Hunan Province, visited North Carolina from November 21-24. The delegation toured Duke University, NC Biotechnology Center, the Hamner Institute of Health Science, and Glaxo Smith Kline and attended a business forum at the Duke Fuqua School of Business. The delegation also took the opportunity to tour Pinehurst, the sister city of Zhijiang, Hunan Province. A number of business leads have been established during their visit. The Carolina China Council will follow up with the relevant parties in both Hunan and North Carolina to turn the business leads and intents to reality.
Beijing Delegation Visit North Carolina:During October 14-15, a high-level delegation led by Mr. Hou Junshu, the top leader of Changping District of Beijing city, visited North Carolina. Beijing Changping is located 25 miles to the northwest of downtown Beijing and is nick named the high-tech park city of Beijing. Their itinerary included a visit to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, the Triangle Park, local universities and businesses, and the Village of Pinehurst.
North Carolina Delegates Attend World Peace Festival:On September 7, a North Carolina delegation led by State Senator Harris Blake attended the 2010 International Peace Festival celebrating the 65th anniversary of the victory of allied forces during World War II. The NC delegation was part of US delegation led by former US President Jimmy Carter.
Pinehurst and Zhijiang Formalize Sister City Relationship:Pinehurst of North Carolina and Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County of Hunan Province formalized their sister city relationship on September 7. The sister city agreement was signed by the representatives of both parties at the famous World War II Flying Tigers’ airbase in Zhijiang.
Zhijiang Delegation Visit Pinehurst:July 31-August 2, Pinehurst hosted a friendship delegation from Zhijiang Dong Autonomous County of Hunan Province led by Mr. Tang Chengyun, Chairman of Zhijiang People’s Congress. The two sides discussed formalization of their sister city relationship and ways to promote friendship and economic development.
North Carolina Students and Teachers Participate Chinese Cultural Summer Camp in Hunan:June 24-July 7, 7 North Carolina high school and college students and 3 teachers participated a two-week Chinese cultural camp in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province. Their trip was made possible by the “Bridge Fellowship” awarded by the Carolina China Council with funding from Hunan Department of Education. The fellowship covered all expenses in China as well as $1100 airfare.
North Carolina Sister City Delegation Visit Hunan:During June 22-27, an 18-member North Carolina Sister City delegation attended the 2010 International Sister City Forum held in Changsha, Hunan Province. The North Carolina delegates signed two sister city agreements and discussed ways to strengthen economic, cultural and educational exchanges with their counterparts in Hunan.
North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco Visits Hunan:At the invitation of Hunan Department of Commerce, North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco visited Hunan from June 13-15. The North Carolina delegation met with his counterpart in Hunan, Mr. Liu Jie, Director General of Hunan Commerce Department, and Executive Vice Governor Yu Laishan. Other members of the North Carolina delegation include Bill Chou, NC Representative in Hong Kong, China, Leland Gaskins, NC Representative in Tokyo, Japan, Derek Chen, Program Manager at NC Department of Commerce, and Lian Xie, President of Carolina China Council.
10 North Carolina Students and Teachers Awarded “Bridge Fellowship”:7 North Carolina high school and college students along with 3 teachers received “Bridge Fellowship” awards at a ceremony held at the 35 Chinese Restaurant. The fellowship will cover all expenses in China as well as $1100 cash award for the recipients to participate in a two-week Chinese cultural summer camp in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China. Mr. Chen Zhaoxiong, Vice Governor of Hunan Province, Mr. Howard Lee, Executive Director of NC Education Cabinet, and Mrs. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of NC Public Schools presented the award certificates to the recipients.
Hunan Vice Governor Chen Zhaoxiong Visits North Carolina:During June 8-9, a high-level delegation of 14 government officials and corporate executives from Hunan Province led by Vice Governor Chen Zhaoxiong visited North Carolina. The delegation toured the Research Triangle Park, visited select corporations located in the park and discussed with corporate executive and NC government officials on a wide range of topics to enhance the bilateral cooperation between Hunan and North Carolina.
Zhuzhou National Hi Tech Park to Partner with Carolina China Council:March 15, 2010: Today Hunan Zhuzhou National High Tech Park signed an agreement with the Carolina China Council (CCC) to become business partners. According to the agreement, CCC will promote Zhuzhou High Tech Park in the United States and assist Zhuzhou in the recruitment of businesses and skilled employees. For each successful project, CCC will be compensated for its effort as a percentage of the investment it introduced to Zhuzhou.