Agricultural Trade Office
Political, Economic, and Environment Science Technology and Health (ESTH) Section
On political issues, the section supports the Consulate Mission by reporting on a variety of subjects, from human rights to political changes in the leadership. The section also supports visiting U.S. government delegations and maintains contacts with a variety of Chinese government organizations.
The section is responsible for monitoring economic, trade and investment trends in Northeast China, managing U.S.-China economic relations and maintaining contacts with economic officials, businesses, academia and media to inform and improve bilateral economic policies. Additional responsibilities cover a range of diverse issues including wildlife protection, energy and infectious disease in Northeast China, as well as the operation of the Consulate’s air monitoring program.
As Northeast China’s economy grows, the section works closely with the Foreign Commercial Section to support U.S. companies in the region and to link investors from the region with potential investments in the United States. Business investment in the United States, whether in the form of new equipment or facilities or the expansion of existing facilities, is a major engine of economic growth and job creation. As a place to do business, the United States offers a hardworking, diverse, and educated workforce, strong protection of intellectual property rights, a predictable and transparent legal system, relatively low taxes, highly developed infrastructure, and access to the world’s most lucrative consumer market. Many sections in the consulate, including the Agriculture Trade Office, the Foreign Commercial Section, and the Political, Economic, and ESTH section coordinate to arrange investment conferences and support targeted matchmaking opportunities for investors from Northeast China.
The Public Affairs Section
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang is responsible for promoting a greater understanding of American life, society, economy, politics, education and culture. The Public Affairs Section carries out the U.S. Government’s information, cultural and educational exchange programs in the Shenyang consular district. The section also serves as the official voice of the United States in northeast China.
Public Affairs staff work with students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in many fields to run a range of cultural exchange programs in visual arts, performing arts, film, and arts education as well as English language teaching programs and sports initiatives. The section also coordinates and supports official exchange programs including the Fulbright Exchange Program, the International Visitors and Voluntary Visitors Program and the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
Regional Security Office (RSO)
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is a unique organization that plays an essential role within the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau’s personnel – who include special agents, engineers, diplomatic couriers, Civil Service specialists, and contractors-work together as a team to ensure that the State Department can carry out its foreign policy missions safely and securely.
Diplomatic Security has a broad scope of global responsibilities, with protection of people, information, and property as its top priority. Overseas, DS develops and implements effective security programs to safeguard all personnel who work in every U.S. diplomatic mission around the world. In the United States, the Bureau protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries below the head-of-state level who visit the United States. DS develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 90 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State.
DS investigates passport and visa fraud, conducts personnel security investigations, and issues security clearances. The Bureau also assists foreign embassies and consulates in the United States with the security for their missions and personnel. DS also conducts trafficking in persons investigations pertaining to foreign nationals who were trafficked to the United States.
With the addition of the Office of Foreign Missions in 1996, DS assumed the responsibilities of servicing and regulating the activities of all foreign missions in the United States.
The Shenyang RSO can be contacted at DS_RSO_Shenyang@state.gov.
Security and Safety Advice for Shenyang, China
- Crime is rated LOW in Shenyang, China. However, typical of any large metropolitan area, crimes of opportunity involving foreigners are regularly reported. Exercising common sense and a heightened sense of personal protective awareness will prevent you from becoming a criminal target.
- Pick pocketing and thievery of personal items left unattended are common, especially in areas where large crowds gather. Avoid crowded areas when possible, including subways and buses.
- Counterfeit currency is common in Northeast China. Only use reliable methods of currency exchange such as hotels and banks.
- Be aware of unlicensed or privately owned taxis/cabs. Insisted on metered rides or negotiate a price to your destination prior to entering the vehicle.
- Do not carry or display large amounts of currency in public areas. Distribute currency and identification in different pockets or accessible locations on your person. Always carry a form of identification with you, including a photocopy of your passport, to include your bio page and valid visa page.
- Always have a charged cell phone with you. Dial 110 for Police; Dial 119 for Fire; Dial 120 for Ambulance; Dial 122 to report a Traffic Accident
- Due to the large volume of vehicles, casual observance of traffic rules and lack of traffic enforcement, extra vigilance is necessary when driving, riding or walking as a pedestrian in traffic.
Click here to visit the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) website.