Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus on China’s Foreign NGO Management Law

On January 1, China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law will take effect.  Non-government organizations working around the world, including in China, do critical work.  They help people exchange knowledge, skills, and ideas.  They help societies drive innovation, they contribute to social stability, and they support the neediest among us.  They promote business development and trade, ...
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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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Human Rights Day 2016 Statement

Today we celebrate International Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sixty-eight years ago.  The declaration states that each and every one of us has the right to freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of peaceful assembly and association.  We ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Travel Advisory (December 5, 2016)

In the lead up to the holiday season, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Consulates General throughout China remind U.S. citizens in China to remain vigilant to the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests around the world. The Department of State recently issued an updated Travel Alert for Europe advising ...
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Ambassador Baucus Remarks at the U.S.-China Tourism Year Closing Event

Good evening everyone! Thank you to the China National Tourism Administration for hosting tonight’s event. It’s great to be here with my friends Secretary Pritzker, Vice Premier Wang, Chairman Li, Ambassador Cui, and Executive Director Craighead. I also want to thank everyone for joining us tonight to celebrate the thing that perhaps brings our two ...
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CBP Announces Additional Details about the Electronic Visa Update System

WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today all People’s Republic of China passport holders carrying a 10-year visa will be required to have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States beginning on November 29. EVUS is the online system used by nationals of the People’s Republic of ...
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CBP Launches the Electronic Visa Update System for Early Enrollmentspress

Starting November 29, CBP Will Require EVUS Enrollments for Chinese National 10-Year Visa Holders before Traveling to the US Nationals of the People’s Republic of China with a 10-year visa must possess a valid EVUS enrollment to travel to the United States   WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP will implement tomorrow, November 29, a ...
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New EVUS Requirements Explained to Local Travel Industry and Media Outlets

The U.S. Consulate Chengdu invited local travel industry representatives and media outlets to a briefing and detailed Q&A session on upcoming changes to U.S. travel regulations including the requirement for EVUS registration. BrandUSA representatives also promoted the U.S. as a tourist destination as part of the U.S.-China Tourism Year campaign.    
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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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EducationUSA Chengdu Releases Open Doors Report on International Education

EducationUSA Chengdu announced the recently-released Open Doors statistics on student mobility between China and the United States at a press conference on November 15, 2016 at the U.S. Consulate General Chengdu. Consul General Raymond Greene delivered opening remarks, Public Affairs Officer Keith Lommel and EducationUSA Adviser Zhao Minting announced the 2016 statistics, and Consular Chief ...
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China remains top sending nation and top Asian destination for American students

Beijing, November 15, 2016—The number of Chinese students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in academic year 2015/16 increased from 304,040 to 328,547 according to the 2016 Open Doors Report[1].  This strong growth is an 8.1 percent increase over the previous year.  China remains first among all countries sending students to the United States ...
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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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People in Chengdu Participate in the U.S. Election at the Consulate

200 members of the public watched the results of the U.S. presidential election live at the U.S. Consulate Chengdu on November 9, 2016. In the morning, as participants watched live election results come in, they also learned more about U.S. democratic processes at interactive stations that covered the Electoral College, political parties and campaigning, and ...
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Statement by the President

Rose Garden 12:20 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would ...
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Statement by the President

Statement by the President Rose Garden 12:20 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or ...
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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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Readout of the President’s Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 19, 2016 Readout of the President’s Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China The President met today with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Lima, Peru.  The two leaders reflected on the significant progress they have achieved in strengthening the bilateral relationship through sustained engagement and focused ...
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Go to www.travel.state.gov for the latest travel warnings and alerts

As of November 1, 2016, all U.S. citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos. We can no longer accept photographs of U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances such as recent surgery that is documented with a signed statement ...
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Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Fact Sheet

Updated November 1, 2016 Background: In November 2014, the Governments of the United States and the People’s Republic of China entered into a reciprocal agreement to issue visitor and business travel visas (B1/B2, B1 and B2) with 10-year validity. That same agreement recognized that travelers would be required to periodically complete an online form updating ...
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CBP Launches the Electronic Visa Update System for Early Enrollments

Nationals of the People’s Republic of China with a 10-year visa will update their information every two years using EVUS WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the launch of the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) website for early enrollments. All individuals with a People’s Republic of China issued passport bearing a 10-year B1/B2, B1 ...
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Deputy Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Beijing

Deputy Secretary Blinken traveled to Beijing on October 29 for meetings with Chinese officials, including for the third round of the Interim Strategic Security Dialogue (ISSD). The dialogue, co-chaired by Deputy Secretary Blinken and Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, is the highest level civilian-military dialogue between the United States and China. This session ...
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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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U.S. and Chinese Drug Enforcement Agencies Meet on Synthetic Opioid Efforts

September 29, 2016 Contact: DEA Public Affairs (202) 307-7977 U.S. and Chinese Drug Enforcement Agencies Meet on Synthetic Opioid Efforts Meeting held to discuss ways to improve and enhance U.S.-China joint drug investigations SEP 29 (WASHINGTON) – This week the heads of the national drug-control agencies for the United States and the People’s Republic of ...
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Typhoon Megi (9/27/2016)

9/27/2016 The U.S. Consulate General advises all U.S. citizens that local authorities are forecasting that Typhoon Megi will impact South China, particularly eastern Fujian and Guangdong provinces the evening of Tuesday (September 27) through late Friday evening (September 30). Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly and may include maximum sustained winds of at least ...
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CONSULAR SECTION IMPORTANT NOTICE (09/27/2016)

As of November 1, 2016, all foreign passport holders who apply for U.S. visas and all American citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos.  We can no longer accept photographs of visa and U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, ...
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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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Passport Execution Fee Change

PASSPORT EXECUTION FEE CHANGE – REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS The Department of State (hereinafter referred to as the Department) will soon publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to raise the passport execution fee from $25 to $35.  The Department will receive comments on the proposed fee change for 60 days after the NPRM ...
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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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Super Typhoon Meranti

9/14/2016 The U.S. Consulate General advises all U.S. citizens that local authorities are forecasting that Super Typhoon Meranti will impact South China, particularly eastern Fujian province, the morning of Thursday (September 15) through late Friday evening (September 16). Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly and may include maximum sustained winds of at least 150 ...
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North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launches

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 5, 2016 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. These launches, which have become far too common in the past several months, violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North ...
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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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U.S. and China Joining the Paris Agreement

John Kerry Secretary of State Hangzhou, China September 3, 2016 Today the United States and China demonstrated their continued, shared commitment to climate leadership when, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China, President Obama and President Xi deposited each country’s official instrument to formally join the Paris Agreement reached last December. ...
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U.S.-China Climate Change Cooperation Outcomes

President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping have forged a historic partnership between the United States and China to lead in combatting climate change. From the Sunnylands meeting in 2013, to the landmark November 2014 Joint Announcement on Climate Change and the September 2015 and March 2016 Joint Presidential Statements on Climate Change, leadership by ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Cooperation on Climate Change

Today, the United States and China formally joined the Paris Agreement in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China.  President Obama and President Xi deposited each country’s official instrument to join the agreement with United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.  Today’s announcement marks another milestone in President Obama and President Xi’s legacy of climate leadership and represents ...
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Readout of the President’s Meeting with President Xi Jinping of China

The President met today with President Xi Jinping of China.  The two leaders commended the progress achieved in strengthening the foundation of the bilateral relationship and committed to continuing to manage differences constructively and expand practical cooperation on regional and global challenges.  Both leaders expressed satisfaction with jointly joining the Paris climate agreement and pledged to work together ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

The United States and China recognize that our two economies are closely interconnected, and each country has a strong stake in the economic prosperity of the other.  Policies that lay the foundation for strong and sustainable growth in both economies are essential to improving the livelihoods of American and Chinese citizens, as well as countless ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to China and Laos

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 18, 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Trip to China and Laos President Obama will travel to China and Laos September 2-9, 2016.  This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the G-20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation as ...
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Sentencing of Lawyers and Rights Activists in China

Press Statement Elizabeth Trudeau Director, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC August 8, 2016 Last week, a Chinese court convicted prominent human rights attorney Zhou Shifeng, director of the Fengrui law firm, and activists Hu Shigen, Zhai Yanmin, and Gou Hongguo of the apparently politically motivated charge of “subversion of state power.” More than a ...
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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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Alert concerning Typhoon Nida (8/2/2016)

MASCOT   The U.S. Consulate General advises all U.S. citizens that local authorities are forecasting that Typhoon Nida will impact South China the evening of Monday (August 1) through Wednesday (August 3). Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly and may include strong winds, heavy rains, and flooding in low-lying areas. All U.S. citizens are ...
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Joint Statement of the Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 25, 2016 The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, met in Vientiane, Laos, on 25 July 2016, for the sixth ministerial meeting of the ...
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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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Background Briefing with a Senior Administration Official on National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s Visit to China

OPENING STATEMENT:  National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at her meeting with PRC President Xi Jinping July 25, 2016, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RICE: Thank you very much, Mr. President, I am very grateful for your warm welcome, receiving me again, and I bring you warmest greetings from President ...
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Opening Statement: National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at her meeting with PRC State Councilor Yang Jiechi

July 25, 2016, Diaoyutai, Beijing, China   NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RICE: Good morning and it’s been really good to be back in Beijing.  This is my fourth visit as National Security Advisor; that’s three independently and one of course in addition with the President, and look forward to coming back in September.  I’m grateful to ...
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Opening Statement: National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at her meeting with PRC Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong

July 25, 2016, Ministry of National Defense, Beijing, China NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RICE: Thank you very much General Fan again for such a warm welcome. I’ve appreciated our various meetings as you say over the last three years we have met repeatedly in Beijing and in Washington and it’s always a valuable portion of my ...
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Opening Statement: National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at her meeting with PRC President Xi Jinping

July 25, 2016, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RICE: Thank you very much, Mr. President, I am very grateful for your warm welcome, receiving me again, and I bring you warmest greetings from President Obama and Mrs. Obama to you and Madam Peng.  The President is very much looking forward ...
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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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CONSULAR SECTION IMPORTANT NOTICE (07/25/2016)

Consulate General of the United States of America Consular Section 1038 West Nanjing Road Westgate Mall, 8th floor July 25, 2016 Beginning Monday, July 25, Westgate Mall management will be making repairs to its property along Fengxian Road.  We anticipate the repair process will take approximately three weeks to complete, and will involve construction adjacent ...
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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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FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Throughout the Obama Administration, the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons has been a specific focus of our engagement around the world.  U.S. diplomacy, foreign assistance and other activities abroad have all sought to advance this goal, ensuring that efforts to promote and protect LGBT human ...
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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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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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Ambassador’s Opening Remarks at the Second U.S.-China Bilateral Cyber Ministerial

Good morning. I’d like to thank State Councilor Guo for hosting us here today for our second High-Level Dialogue on Cybercrimes and Related Issues. Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Lynch regret that they cannot be here with us.  They are managing the U.S. response to the tragic events in Orlando. The Attorney General and I, ...
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The United States and China: Protecting and Conserving the Ocean

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC  The United States and China met to reaffirm their national, bilateral, and international commitments to ocean conservation at the eighth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing June 6-7, 2016. The two countries pledged to continue diplomatic, law enforcement, and scientific cooperation to protect the ocean from the ...
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SED Wildlife Media Note

Discuss Wildlife Trafficking and Ivory Ban at the Eighth U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue United States and China Discuss Wildlife Trafficking and Ivory Ban at the Eighth U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States and China discussed efforts to combat wildlife trafficking during the eighth round of the ...
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United States and China Discuss Challenges of Civil Aviation at the 8th U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   At the U.S.–China Strategic & Economic Dialogue the United States and China met to affirm the importance of a well-functioning civil aviation system in promoting economic development and prosperity. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli and Vice Minister of ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi At the

Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi At the U.S.-China Press Statements Great Hall of the People Beijing, China Secretary Lew:  Thank you.  I’d like to thank Vice Premier Wang Yang, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and the Chinese delegation for hosting us at ...
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U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue VIII Strategic Track Select Outcomes

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC On the occasion of the Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) June 6-7, 2016, the United States and China decided to, among other things: Support denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula: The United States and China condemned North Korea’s January 6, 2016 nuclear test and subsequent launches using ballistic missile ...
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2016 U.S.-China People-to-People Exchange

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State   National Museum Beijing, China Secretary Kerry: Thank you very much, Madam Vice Premier. Look, at the outset, I want to make it clear to everybody that I was totally prepared to trade my speech for more singing. (Laughter.) I want to thank the Yale’s Spizzwinks, as they are known, ...
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2016 Strategic and Economic Dialogue Opening Session Remarks

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew Diyatoau State Guesthouse Beijing, China Secretary Kerry: Well, good morning, everybody, Ni hao. I’m happy to be here. We’re very grateful to President Xi for coming this morning and for opening up this Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and to all of his designated representatives ...
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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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Secretary Kerry’s Travel to France, Mongolia, and China

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Paris, France; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Beijing, China, June 2–8. Secretary Kerry will travel to Paris, France, June 2–4. The Secretary will participate in the French-hosted ministerial on Middle East peace, and ...
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Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2016 by the President of the United States of America a Proclamation

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2016 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION With courage and a love of country that knows no limits, America’s men and women in uniform exemplify patriotism at its core — stepping into harm’s way to protect our people ...
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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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Joint Statement on the Affirmation of the Importance of and Adherence to International Humanitarian Law Issued at the World Humanitarian Summit

Joint Statement on the Affirmation of the Importance of and Adherence to International Humanitarian Law Issued at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Turkey Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 24, 2016 The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence ...
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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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Ambassador Baucus’s Remarks on IACC Conference

Keynote Remarks IACC Spring Conference May 19, 2016 Good morning, everyone! Thank you Danny for that wonderful introduction.  It is great to be here! Tim Cook once said, “You can focus on things that are barriers, or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.” Developing better solutions.  That’s the only constructive ...
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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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CONSULAR SECTION IMPORTANT NOTICE (05/19/2016)

Consulate General of the United States of America Consular Section 1038 West Nanjing Road, Westgate Mall, 8th floor May 19, 2016 In August, Non-Immigrant visa appointments at the Consulate General in Shanghai may be limited. We encourage all travelers, especially students, to apply for their U.S. visas today. Students may apply for their F1 visa ...
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Ambassador Baucus commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) (05/17/2016)

As U.S. Ambassador to China, I am proud to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – a day to pause and reflect on the need to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The last 12 months have marked tremendous progress in the United States for LGBT individuals. Just last ...
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Ambassador Max Baucus: Fighting online counterfeiting together

Ten million US dollars per minute.  That’s how many goods were sold online during China’s most recent “Singles Day” on November 11. In 2015, online retail sales to Chinese consumers reached an estimated $675 billion.  By 2020, China’s e-commerce market is expected to hit $1.1 trillion, cementing its status as the largest e-commerce market in ...
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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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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, we thank the journalists around the world without whom democracy could not flourish and whose courageous work helps hold authorities to account.  These are the men and women who work to ensure that debate on public issues can be, in the words of Justice William Brennan, “uninhibited, robust, and wide ...
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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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Briefing on the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Special Briefing Tom Malinowski Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Washington, DC April 13, 2016 ASSISTANT SECRETARY MALINOWSKI: Thank you, everybody. My thanks to the Secretary. Also want to begin by thanking all of the hundreds and hundreds of people who work so hard over a period of months to compile these reports ...
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Release of the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 13, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thanks for being here. I’m going to make a statement and I have to run from here to an NSC meeting on a number of issues, so forgive me if I dash out of here. I’m ...
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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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U.S. and Chinese Delegations Conclude the 26th Session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Agreement reached in several areas of importance to U.S. farmers, innovators, manufacturers and workers U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today led a U.S. delegation in discussions with Vice Premier Wang Yang and other Chinese government officials as part of the 26th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on ...
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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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U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change Washington D.C.

1.  Over the past three years, climate change has become a pillar of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. Both countries have taken strong measures at home to build green, low-carbon and climate-resilient economies, helping galvanize global action to combat climate change and culminating in the Paris Agreement reached last December. With their joint announcement of ambitious ...
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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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Important Reminder on the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the United States (03/28/2016)

The U.S. Consulate in Shanghai wishes to remind all applicants who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program that as of 01 April 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport. This rule applies even to those who possess a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The U.S. ...
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Secretary Kerry Honors 14 Women of Courage

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 28, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will present the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world tomorrow at the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated ...
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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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Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Fact Sheet

    In November 2014, The Governments of the United States and China entered into an agreement on a reciprocal basis, to issue visitor and business travel visas (B1/B2, B1 and B2) with 10-year validity. That same agreement recognized that travelers would be required to periodically complete an online form updating their biographical information. This ...
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CBP Announces the Electronic Visa Update System

Contact: CBP Public Affairs News Release CBP Announces the Electronic Visa Update System  Nationals of the People’s Republic of China with a 10-year visa will update their information every two years using EVUS WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the anticipated establishment of the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS), a new platform under ...
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Joint Statement on China’s Human Rights Situation

Mr. President, I have the honor to read this statement on behalf of a group including: the United States, Ireland, the UK, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. We share the concerns expressed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the OHCHR’s February 16 press release highlighting China’s ongoing ...
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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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U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern Travels to China

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 29, 2016   U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will travel February 29 – March 2 to Beijing for the first time since the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Special Envoy Stern will meet with counterparts to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement, ...
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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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Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to The Republic of Korea and China

For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE February 25, 2016 Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to The Republic of Korea and China Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to Seoul, February 26 for consultations with ROK officials on a wide range of regional and bilateral issues. He will then visit Beijing ...
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U.S. and China to Launch 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year

Thursday, February 25, 2016 Office of Public Affairs 202-482-4883 publicaffairs@doc.gov On Monday, February 29, the United States and China will launch the 2016 U.S.-China Tourism Year in Beijing at an opening ceremony hosted by Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premiere travel destination to help maximize the economic and social benefits of increased ...
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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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Remarks: Secretary of State John Kerry And Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Ben Franklin Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m delighted to welcome Minister Wang Yi back to the State Department to the Ben Franklin Room and back to Washington.  And we had a – this is about the third time that we have now met in the last weeks, and we’ve had occasion ...
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Deputy Principal Officer Attends provincial Lianghui and Conducts Outreach in Hefei

February 16-17, 2016; Deputy Principal Officer Gwen Cardno, accompanied by Consular Officer Spencer Maguire, attended the Anhui Provincial Annual Plenary Session (LiangHui). During her stay in Hefei, DPO Cardno also met with Anhui People’s Congress Deputy Director Wang Cuifeng, Hefei Executive Vice Mayor Han Bing, Anhui FAO Deputy Director-General Li Changlin. DPO Cardno also toured ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

Sunnylands, California February 15-16, 2016 We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit.  This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Statement on 2016 Lunar New Year

Press Statement John KerrySecretary of StateWashington, DC February 6, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to convey my warmest wishes of health and prosperity to all celebrating the Lunar New Year on February 8. In welcoming this New Year, let us look back on the ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on DPRK Missile Launch

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY February 6, 2016 DPRK Missile Launch The United States strongly condemns today’s missile launch by the DPRK – a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolutions related to the DPRK use of ballistic missile technology. This is the second time in just over a month that the DPRK has chosen to conduct ...
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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the North Korean Missile Launch

North Korea’s launch using ballistic missile technology, following so closely after its January 6 nuclear test, represents yet another destabilizing and provocative action and is a flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.  North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests–including the security of some of our closest ...
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Statement by the President on the Signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

For more than five years, a group of 12 countries have negotiated a forward-looking trade deal that sets new, high standards for trade and investment in one of the world’s fastest growing and most important regions. Today, these countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a new type of trade deal that puts American workers first. ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks at The Washington Post Grand Opening Event

Washington, DC January 28, 2016 ….The dedication of this [Washington Post] building is a neon sign of faith in the future of journalism, the future of newspapers themselves. And we’ve all heard the modern-day Cassandras’ prophecy that – because of new technology – traditional journalism is a dying enterprise. But they don’t honor the fact ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on the North Korean Nuclear Test

The United States and nations around the world have unequivocally condemned North Korea’s latest nuclear test.  This highly provocative act poses a grave threat to international peace and security and blatantly violates multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. As I am reiterating today in conversations with my counterparts overseas, the U.S. is committed to defending the ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry And Chinese President Xi Before Their Meeting

Great Hall of the People – Beijing, China President XI: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary, a warm welcome to China. We really have a very crowded schedule here and you are just here for one day. And I know before coming here, you visited a couple of Southeast Asian countries. We welcome you to China. Generally ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before Their Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Beijing, China January 27, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, Mr. Minister, my friend, thank you very, very much. You and I have indeed met a great deal in the last three years. China and the United States have been able to find a level of new ...
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Shanghai Consular Chief Attends Lianghui and Conducts Outreach in Nanjing

Jan. 24-25, 2016; Shanghai Consular Chief Jewell Evans, accompanied by Consular Officer Alex Wald attended the Jiangsu Provincial Annual Plenary Session (LiangHui). Following the event, Consular Chief Evans was hosted by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of Jiangsu Provincial People’s Congress for a lunch, during which she gained valuable insight ...
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The United States: Southeast Asia’s Economic and Security Partner

Remarks – Daniel R. Russel – Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs – Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore Thank you, Ambassador Wagar, for the kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be here at the National University of Singapore, and the Lee Kuan Yew School. I had ...
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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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Deputy Secretary Blinken’s Trip to China

Deputy Secretary Blinken traveled to Beijing on January 21 for meetings with Chinese officials, including for the second round of the Interim Strategic Security Dialogue (ISSD). January 21, 2016 The dialogue, co-chaired by Deputy Secretary Blinken and Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, ‎was characterized by frank, constructive discussions on topics  of mutual interest, ...
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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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Secretary Kerry Travel to Zurich, Davos, Riyadh, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Beijing

Press Statement John Kirby Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 15, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Zurich, Switzerland, on January 20 where he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Syria and Ukraine. Secretary Kerry will then travel to the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual ...
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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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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Travel to Japan, Burma, the Republic of Korea, and China January 14-21

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel later this week to Tokyo, Naypyitaw, Seoul, and Beijing to consult with U.S. allies in the region; see first-hand progress in Burma’s post-election democratic transition; conduct the interim Strategic Security Dialogue with the Chinese government; and discuss a range of other regional and global issues.  This is ...
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Joint Press Release of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 11, 2016   The following statement was released by the Governments of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and the United States of America on the occasion of the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Begin Text: The first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination ...
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