Creating Fair and Balanced U.S.-China Trade Relations

As the United States’ Ambassador in Beijing, I have the great pleasure of representing the American people to China’s government and 1.3 billion people.  I lead a talented team of American diplomats who, today, are prioritizing a rebalance in our trade and investment relationship with China for the benefit of American business, workers, and farmers.  ...
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Pacific Forum CSIS Senior Advisor Discusses U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

Brad Glosserman, senior advisor to the Pacific Forum located in Honolulu and Visiting Professor to Tama University in Tokyo, Japan, presented his views on the new U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy. Glosserman is considered an expert on Asia-Pacific security issues, and his opinion pieces and commentary regularly feature in media around the globe. In an hour long ...
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Shanghai Museum Debuts Exhibition on U.S.-Educated Chinese Architects

Consular Officer Hiram Rios Hernandez and Public Affairs Assistant Xie Pianpian attended the opening ceremony of “The Rise of Modernity-The First Generation of Chinese Architects from the University of Pennsylvania.” This exhibition, held at the Power Station of Art, celebrates the first generation of Chinese architects who trained at Penn in the 1920s-1930s. The group ...
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Consulate Intern Shares Insights on American Campus Sports with Local Media

In an interview with a NetEase reporter, U.S. Consulate Shanghai’s Outreach Summer Intern Madison Heher shared her personal experience as a competitive collegiate athlete. The interview was published on “Jian Wai,” an online news channel run by NetEase News.  The article covered NCAA, American athletic scholarships and campus sports opportunities for American students. It also discussed how American universities select ...
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IVLP Alumni Spins Tale of Broadway’s Path to Shanghai, Delights and Surprises Audience

Leading off PAS Shanghai’s Summer IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) Alumni Speaker Series, Qian Shijin (IVLP 1988), spoke to a rapt audience on how his IVLP experience impacted his career trajectory and professional aspirations. Lacking previous interest or knowledge of Broadway, during his time in the U.S. he became fascinated with Les Mis and the ...
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CG Stein Opens Third U.S.-China Entertainment Law Conference

Consul General Stein delivered opening remarks at the Third U.S.-China Entertainment Law Conference co-hosted by the United Patent and Trademark Office, Loyola Law School Los Angles, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Peking University School of Law, Beijing Film Academy and Shanghai Film Group. The conference brought together over 250 senior policymaker, academics, business executives, and international ...
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“Green Dining at Yale” 2018 China Tour Arouses Great Interest at the ShAC

Shanghai American Center hosted Rafi Taherian, Associate Vice President of Yale Hospitality, for a talk titled “Sustainable Green Campus Food”. Rafi visited the ShAC and delivered a speech during his “Green Dining at Yale” 2018 China Tour. During this talk, Rafi shared his values, vision, and strategy towards Yale’s Green Dining: while still considering food ...
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Section 301 Fact Sheet

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Executive Office of the President Washington, D.C. March 22, 2018 Section 301 Fact Sheet Following a Memorandum from President Trump, on August 18, 2017, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China’s acts, policies, and ...
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Building on Our Relationship in the New Year

Last June I arrived in Beijing as the U.S. Ambassador to China.  My first day here, I stood next to my wife and family and talked about the U.S.-China relationship with journalists, feeling energized and honored to be representing America. With no time to rest, we got to work right away.  In July, we sliced ...
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Santa Delivers Washington Apples to VIP Tmall Customer

Embracing the holiday spirit, CG Stein delivered a box of Washington state apples to a pleasantly surprised VIP Tmall customer. This holiday season, Washington Apple Commission (WAC) teamed up with Alibaba’s Tmall for a seasonal promotion. As part of the promotion, WAC organized a Washington apple roadshow and conducted apple sampling for consumers in a ...
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Day 2 of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to China

On their second day in Beijing, President Trump and First Lady Melania attended a grand Welcome Ceremony at the Great Hall of the People. President Trump, President Xi and other leaders met to discuss bilateral relations and announce business deals between the United States and China. The First Lady and Madame Peng toured an elementary ...
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Day 1 of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to China

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in China today. President Xi and Madame Peng greeted the two warmly in Beijing. Together they toured the Forbidden City to learn about restoration efforts for historic Chinese sites. Their evening concluded with a special performance of Peking Opera, a Chinese cultural tradition.  
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Consul General Stein Welcomes Jazz at Lincoln Center to Shanghai

Consul General Stein joined senior leadership from Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York, Shanghai Bund Investment Group senior executives, and local government officials to open JALC Shanghai, a venture in the making since 2012 that seeks to preserve the Shanghai Bund’s historical legacy and cultural elements. The evening began with formal remarks and ...
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Ambassador Branstad Tours Jinjiang Hotel and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

Ambassador Branstad met with a group of expert “Shanghai hands” at the historic Jinjiang Hotel, where they discussed the history of Shanghai, its current state, and possibilities for the future.  Afterwards, the Ambassador went on a tour of the hall where the Shanghai Communique was signed in 1972. In the afternoon, Ambassador Branstad visited the ...
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CG Stein introduces himself to the local media at roundtable press conference

CG Stein held a roundtable press conference for local Shanghai media. Fourteen journalists from ten publications were in attendance.  CG Stein introduced himself and previewed his priorities for his tenure in Shanghai.  He answered questions about his prior experience in China, U.S.-China trade, and Chinese students in the United States.
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Consul General Sean Stein has arrived in Shanghai

Sean Stein, U.S. Consulate Shanghai’s new Consul General, has arrived. During the coming weeks, Consul General Stein will meet with key government officials, business leaders, and community members to introduce himself hear their views on  issues important to the U.S.-China relationship. Read his arrival statement here: “I am excited to return to China as Consul ...
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EducationUSA Engages with Shanghai International Studies University Students on U.S. Higher Education

EducationUSA Shanghai Adviser Xie Pianpian was invited by Hult Business School’s Shanghai Rotating Center to give a talk to a group of 20 students from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Xie introduced EducationUSA, resources to assist students in developing their applications to U.S. graduate schools, and differences between U.S. and China higher education systems, as ...
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Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Visits China – U.S. Beef Returns to China

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue traveled to Beijing & Shanghai June 29-30 and July 1 to hold meetings with Vice Premiere Wang Yang and Minister Han Changfu of the Ministry of Agriculture as well as participate in special ceremonies to mark the return of high quality U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a ...
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Agriculture Secretary Serves up U.S. Beef in Shanghai

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the return of U.S. beef to Shanghai and the rest of China during a cooking demonstration at Shanghai’s premier IAPM City’Super grocery store.  Perdue noted the pride American cattle farmers feel in being able to once again provide Chinese consumers with high quality beef. Celebrity chef and Wisconsin native ...
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Shanghai Cultural Affairs Officer hosts talk on Local Civic Engagement

Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig delivered a talk on how “all politics is local” to an audience of 16 Chinese. Lustig highlighted the importance of state governments, city councils, and school boards, as well as the many ways Americans can get involved in governing their local communities.  Audience members were intrigued by the decentralized nature ...
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Shanghai CAO Relays Tillerson’s Support of LGBTI at Pride Week Film Festival

Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig relayed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s message of support for the LGBTI community to an audience of 70 activists and the general public at the opening of the American portion of ShanghaiPRIDE’s pride week film festival.  Public Affairs was a co-sponsor for the event, which helped ShanghaiPRIDE obtain copyrights to ...
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CG Smith Congratulates Wenzhou-Kean Class of 2017

Consul General Hanscom Smith gave remarks at Wenzhou-Kean University’s (WKU) second commencement ceremony.  WKU is a joint U.S. – China program that was established on November 16, 2011 and began accepting students in 2012, making last year’s Class of 2016 the first graduating class.  Kean University, a New Jersey state school, is responsible for managing ...
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America’s Role as a ‘Melting Pot’ Highlighted at U.S. Cultural Month Opening

Consular Officer Melanie Smith delivered opening remarks about the concept of the American Dream, the Melting Pot, individualism, and business innovation during opening remarks for Jiaotong University’s American Cultural month, which was attended by over 200 students and faculty.  The event, which was attended by several high level university officials, featured student-led celebrations of American ...
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EducationUSA Hosts Guidance Counselor Workshop

Anhui province’s first-ever High School Guidance Counselor Workshop empowered guidance counselors from across East and Central China to encourage their students to study in America.  The workshop, held at Hefei’s prestigious #2 High School, brought together 50 counselors representing thousands of students from Anhui, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Henan provinces. These counselors participated in sessions ...
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Writing Program Alumna Extols Cross-cultural Communication

Public Affairs Shanghai invited novelist Ms. Zhou Jianing, a returned alumna of the 2016 International Writing Program (IWP), to give a talk at the Shanghai American Center about her experience attending the IWP at the University of Iowa , one of the world’s most well-known IWP programs. Ms. Zhou briefed the 60 literature fans on the history of the IWP program, ...
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Pulitzer-Prize Winning Editor Visits Shanghai and Explains How a Hurricane Modernized Media

Pulitzer-prize winning editor Jim Amoss began his speaking tour in Shanghai with a series of official and public engagements.  At Fudan University, he explained to undergraduates how Hurricane Katrina not only ravaged New Orleans in 2005 but shattered his newspaper’s traditional way of reporting.  In the wake of the storms devastation, he and his colleagues ...
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English Language Fellow Helps Shanghai Audience Avoid Miscommunication

English Language Fellow Austin Pack continued his teaching English language workshop series with a session on cross-cultural communication at the Shanghai American Center for a packed house of 76 local students, teachers and young professionals. The workshop centered around comparing and contrasting the differences in U.S. and Chinese communication styles, ideas about rank and power, ...
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Earth Day Celebrated at Local Shanghai Library

In honor of Earth Day and in order to address environmental issues and wildlife protection, Public Affairs Shanghai launched the “Earth Day 20-Year Retrospective Poster Show (1997-2016)” at Jing’an District Library, one of the most popular local libraries in Shanghai.  Public Affairs Officer Brian Gibel delivered welcome remarks to the audience of over 40 officials, ...
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Anti-Domestic Violence Forum Builds Coalition for Change

A high level forum on the local implementation of China’s anti-domestic violence law at Shanghai’s PwC Innovation Centre brought together over 100 leaders from government, civil society, academia and business to discuss ongoing challenges and practical solutions.  The forum, which U.S. Consulate Shanghai co-hosted with UN Women, the Shanghai’s Women’s Federation, and the Australian Consulate, featured ...
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Official Written Content Contest Rules – U.S. Foodie Tour

Official Written Content Contest Rules – American Foodie Tour   Contest Sponsors [1] The American Foodie Tour Contest is organized by the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Beijing and the U.S. Embassy. Description of Contest Objectives The purpose of this contest is to promote increased travel by Chinese citizens to the United States, and in particular ...
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ATO Shanghai Premiers Cooking with MeiMei Video Series

Agriculture Trade Office Shanghai Director Valerie Brown previewed the Cooking with MeiMei video series, part of ATO Shanghai’s Savor USA campaign, which aims to enhancing the understanding of American cuisine by presenting the great diversity of food in the United States.  The multi-episode series, which will be released via Post’s social media accounts, will feature ...
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Shanghai CG and ATO Toast U.S. Wine on Tmall.com

Consul General Hanscom Smith and Agriculture Trade Office Shanghai Director Valerie Brown hosted a wine tasting to celebrate the launch of American Wine Merchant on Tmall.com , an online store where consumers can purchase quality American wine.  The event which featured 30 vintages from California, Oregon, Washington and New York drew Shanghai lifestyle media, wine traders, and representatives from the ...
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Shanghai Series Explores American Volunteerism

February 15, Shanghai – In the first of a three-part series on American Volunteerism, Vice Consul Doug Mann kicked off this program with an overview of the history of volunteerism in the United States.  Mann explained that America and its development have been closely linked to the work of volunteers since its founding.  From volunteer ...
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Shanghai CG Meets with Civil Society in Jiaxing

Feb. 15, Jiaxing – Consul General Hanscom Smith traveled to Jiaxing and met with Bluebird, a Jiaxing-based community service NGO.  Bluebird has nearly 500 young volunteers helping Chinese with disabilities, providing elder care service and more with a theme of “helping people help themselves.”  Accompanied by Outreach Unit Chief Mary Sue Fields and Outreach Unit ...
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Remarks by Consul General Joe Zadrozny at the Wuhan Consulate Groundbreaking Ceremony

February 10, 2017 Good morning! As U.S. Consul General, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Consulate office in Wuhan!    Thank you all for joining us today. I would especially like to thank Mayor Wan, and Director General Yan representing the Hubei Provincial Government for being part ...
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Wuhan Groundbreaking Ceremony; Expanded Office with Visa Services

February 10, 2017 (Wuhan)   The U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan broke ground today on the site of their future office in the Minsheng Bank Building in Hankou.  When the new site is completed, the Wuhan Consulate will offer non-immigrant visa and other consular services, including services for the American citizen community. Construction on the ...
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Wednesday Lectures, Video Series & Movie Night

Lectures and video begin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Consulate General.  First come, first serve.  Please remember to bring identification cards for entry. In addition to our weekly English lecture series, the Consulate offers an American movie night the second Thursday of each month. Following each movie we have an English-language ...
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2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year

The U.S. National Travel and Tourism Strategy set a goal of welcoming 100 million international visitors to the United States by the end of 2021. As the second largest source of spending on U.S. travel and tourism, China is essential to achieving this goal. In 2014, Chinese visitors spent $24 billion traveling to U.S. cities, ...
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CG Smith Leads Young Entrepreneur Roundtable

Nov. 17, Shanghai – Together with the Economic Section, Shanghai Public Affairs arranged a round table media event for Consul General Hanscom Smith during which four young Shanghai area-based entrepreneurs who attended last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley discussed their lessons learned. Smith moderated a broad discussion which touched on entrepreneurship and American ...
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Alumni Add New Dimension to Open Doors Education Exchange Event in Shanghai

Nov. 15, Shanghai – In addition to reporting the eight percent increase in the number of Chinese students studying in the United States, this year’s Report on International Educational Exchange media event offered the six media outlets who attended Shanghai’s event insights from seven Chinese graduates of American universities. The proud alumni spoke of the ...
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CG Touts Importance of Culture and Trade in US-China Relationship

Nov. 13, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and his trade mission of 69 delegates to Shanghai.  He provided remarks at an evening reception with over 200 attendees, touting the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and the role U.S. states play in deepening the cultural and economic ties between the ...
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Hundreds in Shanghai Watched Election

Nov.  9, Shanghai – Consulate General Shanghai hosted an election watch event that was attended by over 300 Chinese academics, students, members of civil society, AmCham, and the foreign diplomatic corps.  Public Affairs created an interactive space where attendees could learn about the election process, candidates, and the main election issues.  Life-size cut outs of ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Delivers Keynote at Global Summit on Aging and Health

Oct. 17, Shanghai – Speaking at the Columbia-Fudan University Global Summit on Aging and Health, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) David Rank delivered a keynote address on U.S.-China collaborations on healthcare and medical research. The DCM discussed the role of healthy, engaged, and productive older citizens in Chinese and U.S. society, and highlighted U.S.-China collaboration ...
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Ambassador Baucus Hosts IPR Roundtable

On October 14, Ambassador Baucus convened the fourth in his Ambassador’s IPR Roundtable series, “Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in a Global Economy: Current Trends and Challenges in China.” More than 150 representatives from the Chinese government, industry, and IP community attended the event.  In his keynote remarks, Ambassador Baucus emphasized the need to have effective ...
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Agricultural Trade Office Director Highlights Importance of Green Construction

Oct. 14, Suzhou – Shanghai Agricultural Trade Office Director Valerie Brown made remarks at the 21st Graduation Ceremony of the Tecsun-Luban Technical School of Carpentry. Brown extended warm congratulations to the graduates, encouraging them to use the skills they learned to create sustainable and comfortable environments for their own families and their communities. She pointed ...
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EducationUSA in Shanghai Presents Chinese U.S. University Alumni

September 26, Shanghai – EducationUSA teamed up with Information Resource Center (IRC) for a joint event to show prospective students how to use the free educational resources at the Public Affairs Section (PAS) to find U.S. study opportunities.  EducationUSA Advisor Xie Pianpian introduced the many books, online resources and reference materials the IRC offers. PAS ...
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Consulate General Fact Sheet

Architect / Engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP American General Contractor B.L. Harbert International, LLC Chinese General Contractor China Huashi Enterprises LTD Site 7.4 acres Office Space 18,000 gross square meters Total Project Cost $267 million ($11M Design; $256M Construction) GENERAL INFORMATION The new Consulate General is located on a 7.4 -acre urban site in ...
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Shanghai Fulbright Reception Sets Stage for Increased Alumni Engagement

Sep. 20, Shanghai – In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program, Public Affairs Section Shanghai hosted a reception for 30 American and Chinese Fulbright alumni that focused on networking and setting the stage for future alumni activities. Cultural Affairs Officer Josh Lustig welcomed guests and emphasized the need for even greater cooperation ...
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President Attends Hangzhou G20 Summit

September 4-6, Hangzhou – President Barack Obama attended his tenth and final G20 summit in Hangzhou.  During the summit, President Obama and President Xi affirmed their commitment to managing differences and expanding cooperation on a range of issues.  UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon joined Obama and Xi when they formally joined the Paris Agreement, marking ...
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Secretary of Education Visits Shanghai

Aug. 7-9, Shanghai – Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. spent 3 days learning about the strengths of and challenges faced by‎ Shanghai’s world-renowned public education system during a program organized by the Shanghai Public Affairs Section. Secretary King joined Ambassador Max Baucus in engagements with Shanghai’s education community, students, parents, experts and Chinese ...
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Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Act

On August 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed into law legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, creating the Fulbright Program. Fulbright Act just celebrated its 70th Anniversary this year. The legislation authorized the use of proceeds from the sale of surplus war property from World War II to fund the “promotion of ...
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EducationUSA Hosts Interactive Discussion on American College Culture with Local Students

July 28-29, Chengdu – EducationUSA welcomed Consulate summer interns Chandler Williams and Justin Oh to host an English-language dialogue about American culture which was attended by both local secondary school and college students, most visiting the Consulate for the first time. Williams and Oh successfully facilitated a panel discussion that highlighted the everyday contrasts between ...
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Children’s Art Exhibit Empowers Disabled Minority Youth

July 27, In cooperation with the local NGO 5 Colors Foundation, which teaches art to disabled minority children, PAS Chengdu hosted the Activism through Art program and exhibit program, which attracted over 200 visitors to the Consulate .The program included a brief program followed by the opening of the art exhibit, which included 19 original ...
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High School Exchange Students Wowed Shanghai Audience with Chinese-Language

Jul. 25, Shanghai – As interest in U.S. high school continues to grow amongst Chinese young people and their parents, The Shanghai American Center (ShAC) hosted a panel featuring five American high school students participating on a Mandarin language program to discuss their own high school experience. The students, who come from different regions of ...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew attends G-20 in Chengdu

From July 23-24, 2016, the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting was held in Chengdu. During a press conference held by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said that the implementation of structural reforms is very difficult on a global scale, and will not have an immediate effect, ...
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Lean In Shanghai Empowers Female Chinese Millennials

Jun. 18, Shanghai – Economic Officer Arati Shroff moderated Lean In Shanghai’s annual career development panel for over 100 young, female Chinese millennials and spoke about how to cultivate the necessary skills to navigate an international career, across cultures, continents, and generations. Established and up-and-coming Chinese entrepreneurs and senior executives exchanged views on how Chinese ...
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American Political Expert Draws Crowds Eager to Discuss U.S. Elections

July 18-20, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Robert Daly, visited Chengdu on the first stop of his speaking tour to China. During his three-day program, Daly gave four lectures to audiences that totaled over 300 people on the topic of the United States presidential ...
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Shanghai Preps Summer Camp Participants for U.S. College Success

July 17, Shanghai – Representatives from US Consulate Shanghai spoke to a packed forum about U.S. higher education at the 2016 Citibank Young Talent Summer Camp in Shanghai. EducationUSA Advisor Xie Pianpian kicked off the session by giving an overview of the U.S. higher education system and differences between U.S. and Chinese higher education systems. ...
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American Performers March to the Beat of a Different Drum in Chengdu

July 9, Chengdu – Assistant Public Affairs Officer Elizabeth Jones opened the first Chengdu Fancy Music Drum Festival, which hosted eight world-renowned drummers, including 4 Americans, for two days of performances and master classes in Chengdu. The drummers represented the diversity and innovation of the American music scene and encouraged the amateur musicians in the ...
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American Entrepreneur Inspires and Empowers Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Southwest China

June 20-25, Kunming, Chengdu, Guizhou – American entrepreneur, Jason Keehn, Founder and CEO of www.accompanyus.com , visited three provinces in Southwest China as part of a U.S. speaker program on entrepreneurship, socially-conscious business and cultural preservation. In Yunnan and Guizhou, two of the most diverse provinces in China, Keehn interacted with audiences consisting of students, aspiring ...
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Hopkins-Nanjing Center Graduation

Jun. 17, Nanjing – Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Lisa Heller delivered inspiring remarks to new graduates, parents, and high level dignitaries from the U.S. and China at the 30-year commencement ceremony of the prestigious Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Heller spoke about the need for graduates of the program to use their superior cross cultural knowledge and ...
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One-on-One Counseling Offered to Students on EducationUSA Open Day

Jun. 16 & 21, Chengdu – EducationUSA Adviser Zhao Minting offered one-on-one counseling to 14 students who are interested in studying in the United States on EducationUSA Open Day. During the 30-minute session, each student introduced his or her basic information to the adviser and asked many specific questions, such as how to pick the ...
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Ambassador Helps Bring Disney’s Magic to China

June 15-16, Shanghai – Ambassador Max Baucus joined Disney CEO Bob Igor, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng, and Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong in officially launching the Shanghai Disney Resort, the very first Disney park in mainland China. Hundreds of media outlets, both local and international, joined the grand opening gala ...
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WWE Signs First Chinese Wrestler

Jun. 14-15, Shanghai – Information Officer Felix Salazar, Media Assistant Abby Fang, and summer hire Daniel Wolff interviewed Chinese wrestlers participating for a selective spot on World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) exclusive training program in the U.S.; and then attended the WWE press conference during which the first Chinese national to earn a development contract was ...
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Celebrating Father’s Day in English with Primary School Students in Chongqing

Jun. 8, Chongqing (Chengdu) – Chengdu English Language Fellow Rebekah Gordon provided teachers with a teaching demonstration lesson while sharing American culture with students at the Primary School Affiliated with Southwest University. Gordon explained the cultural origins of Father’s Day in both America and China then focused on teaching students six new adjectives that could ...
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2016 Strategic and Economic Dialogue

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, speaks as U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, left, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, second right, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi listen to him during a closing statements of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Great Hall
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New York’s “Matuto” Brings American Diversity to Southwest China

Jun. 6-7, Chengdu – Students and lovers of music in Chengdu participated in workshops, joined Conga lines, and danced to the cosmopolitan beats of Matuto, a New York-based band that is currently touring China as part of the State Department’s American Music Abroad program. The five-member band, comprising two guitarists, two percussionists and a rip-roaring accordionist, ...
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Consulate Steps into the “Arena” Spotlight to Promote Contemporary American Culture

May 26 and June 5, Chengdu – In a prelude to the competition, a public Block Party held at popular entertainment district Lankwaifung featured a flash mob, performances by young student dancers, and a freestyle dance contest that anyone could join. A few days later at the finale, 2000 people watched 23 teams from all ...
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Soccer Envoys Promote Girls Empowerment

During a whirlwind 5-day program of soccer clinics, media interviews and coach training workshops from May 25-29, Sports Envoys Linda Hamilton and Lauren Gregg inspired thousands of female athletes in east China with their stories from their time on the World Cup-champion U.S. National Team. At almost a dozen programs, the Envoys spoke about the ...
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Consul General Promotes Travel to California

May 23, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered opening remarks at an event held by Visit California, the state’s travel and tourism office. With support from the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Shanghai, over 200 people attended this travel and tourism event. At the event California announced and introduced four celebrity “Dreamer” ambassadors who ...
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Interview with First Asian-American Ambassador

May 19, Shanghai – During a trip to promote educational exchange, Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian American to be appointed Ambassador, sat for a Public Affairs Section-filmed interview. Ambassador Bloch described her extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and culminating as U.S. ...
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Shanghai Public Affairs Section Chief Promotes U.S. Study

May 11, Shanghai – Public Affairs Section Chief Brian Gibel promoted U.S. study and the merits of EducationUSA at a joint Shanghai Education Commission and Shanghai Jiaotong University Forum on Higher Education. The Education Commission, university leadership, and other senior officials from foreign consulates discussed the importance of the internationalization of China’s higher education at ...
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Hip Hop Workshop Explains Power of Rap as a Vehicle for Social Change

May 10, Shanghai – The Shanghai American Center hosted Rodney Hollingsworth and Uche Sam, two expat American rappers, for a workshop on hip hop culture and freestyle rap. Sam and Hollingsworth emphasized how hip hop has played a role in giving disenfranchised Americans a voice to talk about issues in their communities and how this ...
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Ambassador Delivers Message of Sustainability

May 8, Hanghzhou – Ambassador Baucus highlighted U.S.-China cooperation in the issue of climate change and natural resource conservation at a dinner hosted by Jack Ma and The Nature Conservancy (THC) in Hangzhou. Members of TNC’s China Board of Trustees include Jack Ma, Pony Ma, and Ying Wu, who just took over the chairmanship of ...
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Shanghai Outreach Chief Encourages Educational Exchange

Apr. 26, Huai’An, Jiangsu – Outreach Chief Molly Koscina met with University leadership and 60 students at HuaiYin Normal University. A dozen elementary education undergraduates will be departing this summer for a junior year abroad at Sam Houston State University, the first exchange program in Huai’An to receive full academic accreditation. Consular Officer Jason Hwang ...
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EducationUSA Art School Talk Launches News Series with Shanghai Education Channel

Apr. 8, Shanghai – Public Affairs Section and the Shanghai Education Channel launched a new partnership to highlight EducationUSA’s work in Shanghai during an event to talk about Fine Arts graduate programs in the U.S. In addition to filming the presentation, a film crew also interviewed George Washington University’s Melissa Busskohl on the importance of ...
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Assistant Secretary Bond Promotes EVUS and U.S.-China Tourism

Apr. 15, Shanghai – Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Thoren Bond travelled to China to attend the annual U.S.-China bilateral Consular Dialogue, which was hosted by the Chinese Government. During her final stop in Shanghai, she sat for a group interview to emphasize the simple and inexpensive nature of the Electronic Visa ...
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Deputy Consul General Promotes Importance of Women in the Workplace

April 15, Shanghai – Shanghai Deputy Principal Officer Gwendolyn Cardno delivered opening remarks at this year’s SHero Women and Diversity forum, which brought together female leaders from business, media and government to discuss women’s workplace issues in China. DPO Cardno’s remarks focused on the need for greater inclusion for women and highlighted how American female ...
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Senior Care in the U.S. of Great Interest in Shanghai

Apr. 14, Shanghai – The U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai together with Public Affairs Section Shanghai hosted a panel of senior care experts to introduce best aspects and practices of the U.S. Senior Care industry at the Shanghai American Center. The event featured a 30-minute documentary showcasing senior care in the United States, followed by ...
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Information Officer Congratulates Univ. of Illinois on New Joint China Program

Apr. 13, Hangzhou – Information Officer Felix Salazar gave congratulatory remarks at the inauguration of a new cooperative education institute established by the University of Illinois (UIUC) and Zhejiang University (ZJU). The ZJU-UICU Institute will welcome its first group of engineering students this fall and graduates will receive degrees from both schools. This is the ...
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Ambassador Baucus Makes First Visit to Anhui Province

Apr. 8, Hefei – Ambassador Baucus visited Hefei University of Technology’s (HFUT) E-Vehicle Lab on his first visit to Hefei, Anhui Province. The new energy vehicle lab showcases the collaboration between Ohio State University and HFUT. The eco-partnership brings together cities, local governments, NGOs, and private companies to cooperate on projects that address global challenges ...
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DJ Shakes up the ShAC with House Music

Apr. 20, Shanghai – American DJ Leven Smith gave a presentation on the history and development of electronic music in the United States at the Shanghai American Center (ShAC). While he mixed music from his sound board, he explained how over 100 years ago sound innovators laid the foundation for today’s multi-billion dollar electronic music ...
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CG Smith Hosts Direct Line Webinar on Chinese Demand for Safe Food

Mar. 31, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted a Direct Line Webinar with U.S. businesses and trade associations on the topic of China’s rising middle class and the increasing demand for natural and safe food products. Webinar participants also heard from Shanghai Agricultural Trade Office Director Valerie Brown, Economic Officer Rian Jensen, and AmCham ...
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Consul General Smith Meets with Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference VP

Mar. 29, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith met with the Shanghai Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Vice President Li Yiping at the CPPCC consultative center. The two sides exchanges opinions on how to further increase cooperation within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and the Science and Innovation Center.
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Shanghai Econ Officer Hosts Documentary Screening

Mar. 22, Shanghai – As part of the Consulate’s women’s history, approximately 40 people came to the Shanghai American Center on Tuesday evening to watch “Big Dream,” a documentary about empowering girls to pursue a future in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Economic Officer Arati Shroff introduced the film, talked about the importance ...
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Shanghai Outreach Chief Addresses Environmental Cooperation

Mar. 21, Hangzhou – Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina visited Zhejiang University’s Zhu Renmin Museum and met with Art Professor Zhu Renmin. The new museum was opened on the occasion of the school’s recent 115th anniversary and is named after Professor Zhu Renmin in honor of his artistic and academic achievements. Qianjiang Channel of Zhejiang ...
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EducationUSA Shanghai Provides Advising Services at Education Fair

Mar. 20, Shanghai – EducationUSA Advisor Xie Pianpian teamed up with Linden Educational Services, which organizes recruitment tours for U.S. institutions, in Shanghai to give free advising services to Chinese students on U.S. study abroad opportunities. Beyond her advising sessions, which focused on how to best identify a school that fits each individual students’ needs, ...
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Secretary Moniz Highlights U.S. – China Energy Cooperation

Mar. 19, Shanghai – During his final stop in China, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz sat for an interview with Shanghai-based Dragon TV. The nearly four-minute long piece highlighted U.S. – China cooperation to combat climate change and the importance of clean energy innovation. Watch Dragon TV interview Watch Secretary Moniz’s clean energy message
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Consul General Discusses U.S. Policy with Suzhou University Students

Mar. 17, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith engaged 80 Suzhou University Foreign Language School students at Suzhou University. Students asked a wide range of questions, covering topics such as the responsibility of media consumers, the launch of EVUS, and contrasts and similarities between the Chinese and the American dream. Students were particularly curious about ...
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Shanghai Consular Chief Introduces EVUS

March 15, Shanghai – The Shanghai Public Affairs Section participated in a mission-wide press conference via DVC to announce the forthcoming Electronic Visa Update System. CBP attaché Kent Krul and MCCA Julie Kavanagh led the EVUS press conference which was attended by more than 50 Chinese media outlets across the country. In addition to describing ...
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Moot Court Participants

Mar. 1, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith hosted a reception for Moot Shanghai 2016 participants. Over 25 teams from 10 countries participated in the sixth annual Moot Shanghai competition, which was started and still run by Fulbright alumnus Fan Mingchao. The 80 guests at the Consulate reception represented a mix of different competing schools, ...
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CG Smith at Alan Wong’s Shanghai

Feb. 26, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered remarks at the grand opening of “Alan Wong’s Shanghai,” a new Hawaiian restaurant in Shanghai. Alan Wong, is considered one of the godfathers of modern Hawaiian cuisine. CG Smith congratulated Chef Wong on his new restaurant and spoke about the incredible cultural and food heritage of ...
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English Language Fellow Teaches Writing Skills

English Language Fellow Michael Giovacchini facilitated a workshop entitled “Academic Writing” at the Shanghai American Center. The audience consisted of Chinese professionals including PhD students, doctors, and lawyers. The workshop focused on providing strategies to begin the writing process, including analysis in writing, and how to synthesize chains of evidence into well-structured claims. The varying ...
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Chinese-American Author Touts Strong U.S.-China Influence in Her Writing

Chinese-American short story author Su-Yee Lin shared insights about how her Chinese heritage and exchange experiences in China have influenced her writing for an audience of 30 people at the Shanghai American Center. Su-Yee, a former Fulbright scholar and current artist-in-residence at Shanghai’s Swatch Peace Art Hotel, spoke about her fascination with magical realism, which ...
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Gay Chinese Couples Share their U.S. Marriage Experience

Three gay Chinese couples from Shanghai shared their experience of getting married in the United States in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage at the Shanghai American Center. The couples were winners of Taobao’s “We Do” contest, which paid the LGBT couples to get married in California.
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Presidential Candidates Debated in Shanghai

Consular Officer Tamara Shie introduced the U.S. presidential debates at the Shanghai American Center. Shie spoke to a diverse audience of more than 60 people on the history, function, and format of debates in U.S. elections. Following the presentation, Shie showed clips from the recent republican and democratic debates with candidates answering questions on hot ...
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Middle and High School Students Experience “One Day at the U.S. Consulate”

Nov. 18, Chengdu – Teaming up with news portal Sina.com, PAS welcomed 17 local middle and high school students to experience “One Day at the U.S. Consulate,” where students learned about Public Affairs work and U.S. culture by creating media reports based on the traditional and social media available in the IRC and also attended ...
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Shanghai PAO Congratulates Inaugural Class of New US-China Exchange Program

Nov. 13, Shanghai – Public Affairs Officer Brian Gibel delivered remarks at the Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellowship closing ceremony at the China Leadership Academy Pudong. Launched in 2015 as a result of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship is a fully-funded four-week professional and leadership development program that brings 10 mid-career ...
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Shanghai CG Delivers Keynote Address at Shanghai American School Model UN

Nov 13, Shanghai – Consul General Hanscom Smith made remarks at the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Shanghai American School Model United Nations Conference at the Shanghai American School Pudong Campus. As the keynote speaker, CG Smith focused on the theme of this year’s conference, “the ethics of progress,” and spoke to students about ...
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Consulate Chengdu’s 30th Anniversary Event Draws Local and National Press Coverage

Nov. 13, Chengdu – Representatives of multiple local and national news outlets, including China’s largest news agency and one of the country’s major online news portals, attended Consulate Chengdu’s 30th Anniversary Ceremony, resulting in media coverage that reached millions of people. The Sichuan Foreign Affairs Office also publicized this event on its official WeChat account, ...
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Shanghai CG Engages Students in Southern Jiangsu Provincial City

Nov 12, Changzhou – Consul General Hanscom Smith traveled to the southern Jiangsu Provincial City of Changzhou and delivered a speech on the U.S.-China relationship to around 200 Changzhou University students and faculty. The students asked CG Smith what they could do to improve the US-China relationship, whether the Fed would raise interest rates, and ...
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Shanghai Consulate Teams up with Special Olympics & Pac-12 to Promote Access for All

In Conjunction with PAC12 and Special Olympics, Consulate Shanghai organized several events to highlight key mission goals of empowerment for disabled Chinese citizens as well as opportunities to study in America. The cornerstone event was a skills session with Special Olympics athletes, Consulate staff, and players from University of Washington.
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Promoting American Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Education Forum

Nov. 8, Chengdu – Seizing the opportunity promote American leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation in the educational sector, Consul General Raymond Greene delivered remarks at the 2015 Education Forum for Asia.  As the second of twelve speakers in a breakout session about Creative Industries and Startup Education, Greene showcased American industries that lead the world ...
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No Tricks, Only Treats—Southwest Chinese Experience Halloween

Oct. 28, Chengdu – In anticipation of one of America’s favorite holidays, English Language Fellow at Sichuan Normal University LaTasha Simms and Professional Associate Heidi Hartman teamed up to host a Halloween-themed party that included a brief introduction of the history of the holiday, several craft activities and contests, bobbing for apples, pin-the-tail, and trick-or-treating. ...
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Repatriation Ceremony of U.S. Airman Remains Commemorates U.S.-China WWII Cooperation

Oct. 22, Chengdu – The Jianchuan Museum hosted a ceremony to repatriate the remains of a WWII U.S. airman that were discovered at the site of an airplane crash in Tibet. Jianchuan Museum and representatives of the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the remains to U.S. Department of Defense representative James Darby to return ...
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Tory Burch Designer Promotes Multiple Priorities in Southwest China Through Fashion

Tory Burch Vice President for Design of Accessories Elizabeth Kiester traveled to Yunnan and Chengdu in a program called “Finding Yourself Through Fashion.” In Yunnan, Kiester met with community leaders, hearing impaired students at Yunnan Special College, experts at Yunnan Minorities Museum, ethnic minority cast members and costume designers at the “Yunnan Impressions” theatre show, ...
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Deputy Secretary Highlights Importance of Increased Engagement with Program Alumni

Ambassador Baucus hosted Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken for an official visit to Shanghai during which he met with business leaders, civil society representatives, and exchange program alumni. At a lunch with seven State Department program alumni, Deputy Secretary Blinken highlighted the importance of people-to-people exchanges and learned about how alumni are working to share the ...
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IVLP Trip Spurs Art Exchange with New Mexico

Sep. 22, Ningbo – During a recent trip, Public Affairs Officer Brian Gibel and Cultural Affairs Officer Josh Lustig visited the Ningbo Museum of Art to meet with director Licheng Han and deputy director Weiping Zhang, who is an IVLP alumnus. Zhang’s three-week-long U.S. government exchange trip took her to New Mexico, where she was ...
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Speaker Promotes Corporate Responsibility and Innovation in Chengdu

Sep. 18, Chengdu – Executive Dean at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Philip Cochran, who is also one of the world’s foremost experts in corporate philanthropy, met with who different groups in Chengdu as part of his IIP-sponsored tour of China. With both groups (local entrepreneurs and business people who are members of ...
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Local Entrepreneurs Discuss Women in Business at Entrepreneurship Roundtable

In collaboration with Post’s Civil Society Working Group, Shanghai PAS hosted a roundtable for ten local female entrepreneurs featuring Sarah Kauss, the CEO and Founder of S’well, a company that sells high-end water bottles made from recycled materials. Kauss is mentor for the Fortune-State Women’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, which provides female entrepreneurs from around the ...
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CG Smith Launches Illinois FDI Roundtable

Consul General Hanscom Smith delivered welcome remarks at the Illinois FDI Roundtable touting the importance of increasing ties between China and the U.S. through investment opportunities. Led by James M. Shultz, the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce, the event included other speakers from selected Chinese firms that have successfully invested in Illinois.
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Shanghai PAO Stresses People to People Ties on Radio Program

Sep. 16, Shanghai – Public Affairs Chief Brian Gibel participated in China Radio International’s From University to the World event which brought together over 300 college students from U.S. and China to promote people-to-people ties. Gibel emphasized that academic exchanges are a dynamic force for positive transformation as they help build mutual understanding and he ...
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Shanghai CONS Chief Utilizes Media to Highlight New Visa Services

Sep. 16, Shanghai – Consular Section Chief Jewell Evans gave five local journalists an exclusive tour of the NIV Section’s new intake queuing area. During the walk through, Evans explained that the new space will reduce the visa processing time to just under one hour from start to finish. Also, the increased floor space will ...
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American Chef’s Culinary Diplomacy Highlights America’s Diversity

Sep. 15-21, Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming – Public Affairs teamed up with the Agricultural Trade Office to bring American cuisine to Southwest China.  American Chef Adam Levin traveled to Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming in one week and interacted with students, local chefs, and the general public. Programs included cooking demo at a retail outlet and served ...
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CG Smith Promotes Innovation and Investment through Hershey’s Shanghai

Consul General Hanscom Smith, Deputy Principal Officer Gwen Cardno, and Foreign Commercial Service Chief Cameron Werker visited Hershey’s Innovation Center in Shanghai to promote innovation and draw attention to increasing commercial linkages between the U.S. and China. The innovation center is an R&D hub designed to enable Hershey quickly develop, test and launch new products ...
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Consul General Commemorates Past to Encourage Future Cooperation in Chongqing

During a trip to Chongqing August 27-28, Consul General Raymond Greene met with directors of “Behind the Frontline,” a documentary about Chongqing during World War II and American contributions to the Chinese war effort, and helped open the Stilwell Museum’s Freeman Theatre with the screening of a wartime documentary about a “Flying Tiger” American pilot ...
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Consulate-Sponsored Jazz Camp

Cultural Affairs Officer Josh Lustig spoke at the opening ceremony for the 2nd Shanghai Summer Jazz Camp. The camp featured classes for students of all ages and skill levels from American musicians and teachers from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The camp was part of a grant Post provided to organizer Jazz Education Abroad, which ...
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American Football Fellows

Cultural Affairs Officer Joshua Lustig and RSO Shamar Mitchell briefed three newly-arrived Gridiron Fellows about the Consulate and how the incoming Fellows can collaborate with the Public Affairs Section during their stay in China. The Gridiron Fellows are former College Football players pursuing advanced degrees who come to China for a 9-month fellowship to promote ...
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NSLI-Y Summer Program

State Department English Language Fellow Nicole Kaup participated in the closing ceremony for the National Security Language Initiative Youth (NSLI-Y) Summer Program. Kaup delivered brief remarks reminding the participants how people-to-people exchanges like NSLI-Y strengthen the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. The students were in China for a 2-month State Department funded language exchange at cities throughout ...
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Ice Skating Event Introduces American Sports Culture to Chengdu Public

Together with Ice & Joy Skating Rink at IFS on August 10, 2015, the U.S. Consulate Chengdu hosted an ice skating called “Skate Forward with US!” that combined basic skating instruction with carefully crafted exercises designed to promote American sports culture. Led by Public Affairs Summer Intern Kayla Blomquist, who is a competitive figure skater ...
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All-Female Bassoon Quartet Combines Pop and Classical Music for Chinese Audience

August 2, Chengdu – U.S. Consulate Chengdu hosted a concert for a visiting American bassoon quartet called “The Breaking Winds” at a local music park. The quartet’s four young women played pop songs with their classical instruments, thoroughly entertaining the crown with their creative performance style, which featured comedic dancing and acting. They also performed ...
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Film Series Commemorates World War II and Provides American Perspectives

As part of U.S. Consulate General’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of World War II, Public Affairs partnered with the private Long Museum to host a two-day film series titled “Remembering World War II: An American Perspective.” Each of the four films (Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and The Monuments Men) was selected for ...
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Consulate General Shanghai’s 4th of July Event: A Hollywood Success!

Consulate General Shanghai celebrated America’s 239th Independence Day with a Hollywood themed gala event. The party featured official movie clips, an authentic movie concession stand with fresh popcorn and candy from the United States, life-sized statues of Iron Man and Super Man, and a live cooking demonstration by celebrity Chef Marc Murphy. Guests received official ...
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‘Chopped’ Star Marc Murphy Showcases the Flavor of July 4th

In collaboration with the State Department’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership program as well as Post’s Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) and Agriculture and Trade Office (ATO), Public Affairs supported the visit of acclaimed restaurateur and celebrity chef Marc Murphy. His itinerary included a roundtable with culinary students from two local schools, a visit to an open-air “wet ...
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Shanghai Hosts China’s First ComicCon!

Nearly 50,000 visitors descended on China’s first Comic Convention—a homage to American comics, movies, and gaming. PAS Shanghai connected convention organizers with the Motion Picture Association to promote intellectual property, displayed at the event via slogans “With great IPR comes great responsibility” and “May the IPR be with you.” After meeting fans at the convention, ...
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Break-dancers Spread Message of Peace, Unity, and Having Fun

Break-dancers from around the world participated in the Battle in Shanghai 2015 (B.I.S.) dance competition, which drew thousands of fans, both young and old. In its ninth year and bigger than ever, B.I.S. has established itself as the premier annual regional BBoy event. The four-day event includes workshops for children, public service activities, and world-class ...
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CG Opens “Picturing America” Exhibit in Anhui Province

Consul General Hanscom Smith opened the dual exhibits “Picturing America” and “From Sea to Shining Sea” at the Hefei City Library in Anhui. The opening event drew local media and officials.. Officials and media asked questions about images such as a photography of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery and Dorothea Lange’s ...
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Shanghai Consular Section Announces New Education USA App

The Shanghai Consular Section held its annual Student Visa Day to promote educational exchanges and to announce the launch of EducationUSA China’s new Virtual Adviser mobile app. The app was developed by EducationUSA China to walk prospective students through the process of applying to a U.S. institution, applying for a student visa, and transitioning to ...
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American and Chinese Film Directors Shine the Spotlight on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and LGBT Issues

Film directors Josh Kim and Fan Popo spoke to largely young audiences about innovation and entrepreneurship in the film industry, same sex marriage, and “LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) and Film” on April 10 and 11. In his individual program, American director Josh Kim talked about his journey from film school student to feature ...
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Consul General Meets Students at Yunnan University of Nationalities

Consul General Raymond Greene spoke with students at Yunnan University of Nationalities in Kunming, Yunnan, on April 8. The Consul General spoke about study opportunities in the United States, and urged students to apply the lessons of U.S.-China cooperation during World War II to the present, as the two nations work together on global issues. ...
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U.S. and China Honor American WWII Hero in Yunnan Province

In honor of China’s Tomb Sweeping holiday on April 6, U.S. Consul General in Chengdu Raymond Greene joined Dali Prefecture Foreign Affairs Office Director Ma Wei, Xiangyun County Deputy Magistrate Jiang Ji Fu, Vice Chairman of the People’s Consultative Congress of Xiangyun County Ruan Zhao Rui, and Xiangyun County Foreign Affairs Office Director Ruan Faqing ...
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Essay Contest Inspires Chinese Students’ Ideas on Empowering Women

Consul General Raymond Greene and the Consulate’s English Language Fellow Rebekah Gordon hosted a writing workshop and essay contest in honor of Women’s History Month at the Chongqing Library on March 28 and 29. 100 high school students from 10 different schools participated in the competitive essay writing contest on the theme of “Empowering Women ...
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New York Latin Band Strikes a Chord with Shanghai Students

New York-based band Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra conducted a music workshop at Jing’an Foreign Language Middle School. Torres described the origins and basic instruments of Latin music while his orchestra demonstrated the rhythmic arrangements. The audience was made up of student musicians who jumped at the chance to interact with the American band. ...
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Carolyn Malachi Inspires Thousands in East China

As part of her China tour for American Music Abroad, Carolyn Malachi performed for 500 people at the Nanjing University of the Arts and over 800 people at the Shanghai Centre Theatre. The concerts spread the message of positivity, women’s empowerment, and the importance of diversity to hundreds of students and members of the general ...
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R&B Band Rocks Chengdu, Promotes Diversity in American Culture and Music

American rhythm & blues singer Carolyn Malachi and her band delivered a dynamic two-day program in Chengdu March 21-22. At a lecture to some 200 people, the band discussed their unique music style, blending R&B, jazz and hip-hop, as well as the role that music has had in expressing American culture and history. Audience members ...
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Shanghai Women Entrepreneurs Connect with Small Business Administration

March 10, Shanghai – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Tong Qin of the Small Business Administration (SBA) San Francisco office led a video call with more than 30 local women entrepreneurs and business owners about strategies for advancing women-owned businesses. She spoke about SBA’s best practices and their National Women’s Business Centers, and answered ...
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Shanghai Audience Learns How to Make Strong Presentations

March 5, Shanghai – Information Officer Felix Salazar talked about how to make strong presentations to an audience of over 50 at the Shanghai American Center. Using the metaphor of a house, Salazar showed how a strong presentation is like a strong house, whereby the introduction is the foundation, the supporting arguments are the support ...
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Shanghai American Center Scores Super Bowl Viewing Touchdown

Feb. 2, Shanghai – Shanghai Political/Economic Section Chief Bill Duff hosted an airing of the Super Bowl Game for an audience of over 50 fans. Duff kicked off the event by introducing the basics of American football and took questions throughout the game. The audience of mostly young Chinese professionals asked about game rules, how ...
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ShAC Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, Shanghai PAS coordinated public lectures in honor of Black History Month, including The Evolution of African American Music, and Significant Achievement of African Americans. The public also came to the Shanghai American Center to attend lectures on the state of Hawaii, science fiction, and studying in America.
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CG Smith Promotes U.S. Wine and Sustainable Future

Jan. 23, Wuhu – During a trip to Wuhu, Consul General Hanscom Smith met with young environmentalists who are working to protect local waterways and promote alternatives to trash incineration. CG Smith also stopped by the American Wine Pavilion which is helping to increase the market share for American wine in China. The CG made ...
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Ambassador Baucus Visits Yunnan

From January 28 to February 1, Ambassador Max Baucus and his wife made their first visit to Yunnan. The Ambassador met with members of the Yunnan Flying Tigers Research Association in Kunming; viewed the Flying Tigers Exhibit at Kunming Municipal Museum, where he also gave a speech about how the U.S. and China should learn ...
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Consul General Welcomes Chongqing to the U.S.A.

On January 23, Consul General Raymond Greene gave a speech to members of the public at the Chongqing Library entitled “The United States Welcomes You.” Consul General Greene spoke about travel, study, and investment opportunities in America, and took questions from the audience ranging from educational opportunities at American schools to whether foreigners can buy ...
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CG Smith in Wuhu

January 22, 2015: CG Smith, Outreach Unit Chief Molly Koscina and Vice Consul Audrey Keranen traveled to Wuhu. Their visit included the Wuhu Urban Planning Museum and a discussion on Wuhu’s urbanization with Vice Mayor Hu Xiping. CG Smith promoted American wine at Yugengshan Alcohol Industrial Park, NGO leaders at the Wuhu Ecology Center and ...
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Deputy Principal Officer Mark Tesone Explaining U.S. Policy through the State of the Union

Jan. 21, Shanghai – Deputy Principal Officer Mark Tesone spoke to an audience of 50 viewers of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. Before the viewing, DPO Tesone spoke to the audience about U.S. federalism, the two-party system, and the history of the address. During the discussion, audience members asked about U.S.-China trade ...
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Consulate Launches “Visit USA” Campaign

The Consulate announced its “Zou Qi Meiguo (Visit USA)” campaign at Raffles City on January 17 with a public event featuring a beach theme with hula dancers, ukulele player, and prizes such as city tours and free hotel stays in America. The event also provided information about transportation to and within the U.S., visas, and ...
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Urban Dance Choreographer Shaun Evaristo Visits Chengdu

Working with local dance studio Sinostage, the Consulate hosted a lecture and dance demonstration by American dancer and choreographer Shaun Evaristo on January 12 at the Ascott.  In what was Chengdu’s first introduction to Los Angeles urban dance style, Evaristo also spoke to excited fans about how to have a career as a dancer, focusing ...
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Shanghai PAO Emphasizes Educational Exchange at US-China MBA Graduation Ceremony

Jan 10, Shanghai. Shanghai PAO Brian Gibel delivered a keynote speech at the graduation ceremony of the Webster University–Shanghai University of Finance and Economics joint MBA program. At 18 years old, it is one of the oldest U.S.-China university joint programs. To the 50 new graduates, school faculty, and family members, Gibel highlighted the importance ...
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EducationUSA Message Delivered to Kunshan

Jan. 8, Kunshan – Shanghai Senior Program Assistant Li Dan and Beijing Embassy EducationUSA advisor Jenny Yu traveled to Kunshan to introduce EducationUSA resources and opportunities for 100 Chinese juniors and seniors at the Kunshan International School. Li Dan and Jenny shared best practices and dispelled rumors. Representatives from California State University San Bernardino complimented ...
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Miss California Is Nuts About China!

Jan. 7, Shanghai – In a joint effort, PAS and the Agricultural Trade Office produced a video to promote American Week from Jan 8-12 on Tmall, China’s version of Amazon.com. The event was designed to entice local consumers to purchase American products for preparation during the Chinese New Year. 500-600 lucky customers who purchased American ...
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Bringing a True American Christmas to Chengdu

Members of the public got in the Christmas spirit at a free event at the Consulate on December 15. They enjoyed creating their own Christmas cards, making traditional Christmas ornaments and then putting them on a Christmas tree, watching a short film about the history of Christmas, meeting and taking photos with Santa Claus, and ...
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Commercial Consul Spoke about Investing in the U.S.

The United States & Foreign Commercial Service in Chengdu (CS Chengdu) organized a SelectUSA Workshop in Luxe Lake, Chengdu, on December 10. The SelectUSA program was launched by U.S. President Barack Obama to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment. At the workshop, Consulate Chengdu’s Commercial Consul ...
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Hudson Institute Senior Fellow on U.S. Politics

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Richard Weitz spoke at the Consulate on November 28 about the American political system, impact of the U.S. midterm elections on foreign policy, and the role of think tanks on foreign policy making. Discussions with the audience included topics such as how American presidents appoint senior government officials, how Congress interacts ...
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Linden Center Owner on Tourism that Protects Culture and the Environment

On November 19 at the Consulate, American owner and operator of the Linden Center Hotel near Dali, Brian Linden, discussed his own experiences attempting to promote a sustainable model of tourism in Southwest China. Linden talked about the importance of balancing economic development with important community goals of protecting the local culture and environment and ...
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American Professor Discusses Historic Preservation

The Consulate hosted a lecture on November 5 by Arizona State University professor Jannelle Warren-Findley on America’s awakening to the importance of historic preservation, and the role of government and civic organizations in saving historic structures and culturally important landscapes. Professor Warren-Findley also discussed with audience members the challenges of balancing urbanization, growth and development ...
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Former CNN Correspondent Teaches the Art of Journalism

Journalism Professor and former CNN Asia Correspondent Mike Chinoy led a journalism workshop at the Consulate on October 28 for students and working journalists. Chinoy delivered practical lessons in identifying newsworthy stories, conducting a good interview and writing a compelling lead. The interactive class gave participants an opportunity to interview each other and develop a ...
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U.S. – China Aviation Construction Road Show, Chengdu Stop

The U.S. – China Aviation Construction Road Show, Chengdu stop, co-organized by CS Chengdu, CS Beijing and U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program was successfully held at Chengdu Airport Hotel on Sept. 17. 14 U.S. companies presented at the workshop. Vice GM at Sichuan Provincial Airport Group and U.S. Commercial Officers attended the event and delivered remarks. ...
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