“Made in China” is almost everywhere in our life, no matter which country you are living. Today we will talk about the apparel industry and the trade with China, with Mr. Benjamin Lee. For four generations, Mr. Lee’s family has been in the textile industry and later the apparel industry. They started from Shanghai then Hong Kong and expanded to many Asian countries. From 1970s, Benjamin came to the US and continued the family business with import and export in textile and clothing. What has changed in the apparel industry over these many decades? What is the competitive advantages of China today? Is China still going to play a big role as the cost is constantly increasing in China recent years? What should you know when you are considering getting in the apparel industry with China? Please listen to Michelle Zou’s interview with Benjamin Lee about trade with China in the apparel industry. www.voiceamerica.com/episode/107889/trade-with-china-in-the-apparel-industry
About the Guest
Benjamin Lee is Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Washington (HKAW) and Chairman of the National US Hong Kong Business Association (NUSHKBA) in 2009. A well-known figure within the Seattle community, he is willing to step up to help and donate to the community at any opportunity he gets. Benjamin has been an influential figure of HKAW’s recent growth by working closely with the National USHKBA and Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. He brings in numerous business connections, and leading the way on building relationships with organizations such as Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO). On the business side, Benjamin is also an international business leader. He is an owner of an import/export company Foreign Sources Ltd. He is well connected in the business world, especially in Asia, from Hong Kong, Shanghai, to Taiwan.
Washington State SMBs to Exhibit at China International Import Expo (CIIE) under “Choose Washington” Brand
June 13, 2018
Washington State Commerce Department and the Washington State China Relations Council jointly held a press conference to announce Washington small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to exhibit at the first-ever China International Import Expo (CIIE).
SEATTLE – June 13, 2018 - Washington State Commerce Department (“Commerce”) and the Washington State China Relations Council (“WSCRC”) announced on Wednesday that about 20 small and medium businesses from Washington State will exhibit at the first China International Import Expo (“CIIE”) in Shanghai, November 5-10. With the support of WSCRC and its member company Pacific Technologies Consulting Group (“PTCG”), Commerce has marketed CIIE, organized a delegation to attend, and offered the Export Voucher which assists small business owners by offsetting the cost of attending CIIE. This is the first time that Washington State has organized SMBs to attend an Expo event in China.
CIIE is slated to be the largest import trade show in China. CIIE announced that as of June 1, 2018, over 1,300 companies from more than 120 countries and regions had already registered to attend CIIE. It is estimated that up to 150,000 professional buyers from both China and abroad will participate in the Expo.
The CIIE was announced by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2017 and is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and Shanghai Municipal People's Government. CIIE is additionally receiving support from the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. The Expo affirms China’s resolve to display its commitment to inclusive globalization as well as its eagerness to further open its market to foreign traders.
The Washington State Commerce Department has chosen to leverage the opportunity for global exposure afforded by attendance to the CIIE. Washington businesses will exhibit together under the Commerce Department’s “Choose Washington” in order to attract increased attention, traffic and awareness of the many exports the region has to offer. Together with WSCRC, and with the support of PTCG and multiple local Chinese American organizations, Commerce has led the effort to communicate the strategic potential that attendance to CIIE offers to businesses. In order to simplify registration for attendance to CIIE, Commerce has facilitated a sign-up process exclusively for WA businesses who plan to attend as part of the delegation.
The June 13 press conference was held at the Nan Hai USA office in Kirkland. Seattle local media, CIIE event service representatives from Shanghai and WA exhibitors attended the event. Victor Chan, WSCRC Board Director, welcomed attendees and shared a brief history of Washington’s connection to China and how WSCRC has served as a bridge between Washington state and China since 1979. Commerce Assistant Director Chris Green emphasized that Washington ranks as one of the nation’s most trade-dependent states, with China is as a major market for Washington exports. Green believes that CIIE will be a great opportunity for Washington companies to make business deals and sign contracts. Green further explained Commerce’s CIIE exhibition plans and the process of offsetting attendance costs through the Export Voucher program.
Andy Cheung, CEO of Donghao International (“DHI”), co-organizer for CIIE’s High-end Intelligent Equipment Show, represented CIIE at the press conference. Cheung explained the significance of CIIE, the process of attending CIIE, and tips for a successful exhibit. Michelle Zou, WSCRC Board Director and CEO of PTCG, facilitated the press conference with over 50 attendees.
About WA Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more.
About Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC)
Founded in 1979, Washington State China Relations Council is the nation’s leading statewide organization dedicated to promoting stronger commercial, educational and cultural engagement with China. http://wscrc.org/
About Pacific Technologies Consulting Group (PTCG)
PTCG is a strategic consulting firm that helps companies seize US-China opportunities and grow business in today's rapidly evolving business environment. It specializes in helping American companies enter into the China market and vice versa. http://www.ptcgconsulting.com/
Located at the Northwest corner of the United States and by the Pacific Ocean, Washington State is the No. 1 state in USA in terms of trade volume with China. It is interesting to investigate Washington State’s value proposition, understand what major industries that are trading with China, what types of investment it is attracting from China and what kinds of projects are being invested from China. In addition, what has created such kind of characteristics that Washington state possess today which helped to shape its position with China? Please listen to Allison Clark, the Managing Director of the Business Development unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce, share her insights about these questions.
About the Guest
Allison Clark is the Managing Director of the Business Development unit at the Washington State Department of Commerce, overseeing the business recruitment, retention, and expansion activities for the state. Before joining Commerce, Allison managed regional economic and workforce development programs at Highline Community College where she was also a part-time business faculty. She formerly managed export promotion and international trade programs in the King County Executive’s Office. She has also worked for a trade association focusing on rural electrification and renewable energy projects located throughout the developing world as well as inbound training programs for international energy officials and business counterparts. Allison is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served three years in Thailand. She holds a BA in political science and business administration and an MA in international relations, with concentrations in international economics and Southeast Asian studies.
Just like an individual person, every company or brand also has certain image in public’s eyes, no matter if it is the kind of image you prefer or not. Your company or brand may have already established an image locally, and when you are penetrating the business to the China market, what messages do you want to deliver to the audience there? And what kind of perceptions do you want to establish there? You need to understand the difference between your home market and the China market, clearly craft your key messages, and utilize marketing, public relations, government relations and many other means to help build a positive image for your company or brand in the China market. In this episode, Sheila Shang, PR and marketing expert with a special focus on the US-China cross-border business communications, will share her thoughts and tips to you.
About the Guest
Sheila Shang is currently in charge of PR & Marketing for Sinovation Ventures in North America. Prior to this, Sheila worked for Microsoft for over 17 years and held various senior public relations and marketing roles in China, Asia Pacific region and the United States. She is instrumental in building the brand of Microsoft Research in China and APEC. She has rich experience in public relations, executive communications, image and brand visibility campaigns, government engagement initiatives and programs, and her unique bilingual bi-cultural background has established her as an expert in the US-China cross border businesses and initiatives.
China launched a toilet revolution across the country in 2015 with an aim to make such facilities cleaner and more regulated. In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “China should continue to upgrade the country's toilets as part of its "toilet revolution" aimed at developing domestic tourism and improving people's life quality”. What does this mean beyond having cleaner and better equipped hardware? In this episode, Dr. Austin Huang, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, and Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of GeoProfessionals, will explain his interpretation of China’s toilet revolution, and the impact to environmental water resources sustainability. He will also illustrate the problem of China's toilets in rural areas today and potential solutions to the problem. You will learn the vast opportunities that may be brought by the needs of this campaign and the associated impact in a broader social context in China.
About the Guest
Grew up in China and then moved to the US in the 1980s, Dr. Austin Huang is the founder of Merit Engineering Inc, a Geologist, a well-respected expert in the field of Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering, and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of GeoProfessionals. He has earned numerous awards in his professional life and has invented a gravity compensated Erosion Control Module System to protect shore from erosion, which was rated #1 in technical aspect among many competitors nationwide. He has served as technical paper peer reviewer for International Journal of Rock Mechanics and ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, and as Adjunct Faculty Member at Western Washington University. Besides his profession life in engineering, Dr. Huang is a musician and a music composer. He holds a PH. D from University of Wisconsin Madison in Geological Engineering.
In 2017, Chinese citizens made about 130 million overseas trips and 4.53 billion domestic trips. Among them, about 3 million Chinese visited United States, which is about 4% of the total international visitors visited US in 2017, and the number is forecasted to be increasing. The average spending by Chinese tourists on the location (exclude international flight tickets) in the US is $4,462. In addition, in the academic year 2016/17, there were 350,755 international students from China studying in the US. What does this mean to business in the United States? Why would the Chinese tourists and students come to the US? What has changed in them compared to 10 years ago? Why we believe Chinese international students are a win-win to the tourism industry in the US? Please join me to discuss these questions with Felicity Wang, President of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and owner of a tour and travel company in the US.
About the Guest
Felicity Wang is the president of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce (https://www.seattlechinesechamber.org/) , and the founder of a tour and travel company, Asia Pacific Associates. She grew up in Taiwan, immigrated to the United States in 1991, and started Asia Pacific Associates in 1993. With 25 years’ experience in the travel industry, Felicity has built deep expertise in leisure and business outbound and inbound tours between US and Asia, especially China mainland and Taiwan. She has also developed programs focusing on education, to help Chinese students come to the US for summer camps and gain higher education.
he General Aviation industry in China is still a relatively green field, with vast market opportunity but a few competitors. This industry started to boom since China announced the 13th Five-Year-Plan, which is a strategic planning by the Chinese government for 2016 - 2020. To seize this huge opportunity, a Chinese company purchased Top Cub’s type certificate and all its relevant intellectual properties, after a lengthy process and lots of patience over 5 years, and finally approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. in May, 2015 along with the signature of the Secretary of State of the United States of America. Then it set up the Washington based company Topcub Aircraft LLC (topcubaircraft.com) to serve the international markets, and China based sites to serve the China market. Please join me to hear Mr. Changjia Ge, General Manager of Topcub Aircraft LLC, talks about the general aviation industry in China and their plan in anticipating the surging demand.
About the Guest
Changjia Ge graduated from Brown University with a MS Degree and his bachelor degree was in Mechanical Engineering from China. Since 2014, Changjia has dedicated in general aviation industry and started his own business Chancellor Global LLC in Los Angeles in 2015, focusing on light sport aircraft import & export, maintenance, electric aircraft research & manufacturing, and aviation related technology transfer. He met the founder of Topcub Aircraft LLC, Mr. Zhijun Qian, in 2015 and was fascinated by Mr. Qian’s passion and the huge opportunity in China. So Changjia joined Topcub Aircraft in 2016 and is responsible for the North America business. The company purchased the Type Certificate of CC18-180 issued by FAA from Cubcrafters Inc, and mainly manufactures Topcub Aircraft which is a certified aircraft regulated by FAR Part 23. The parent company is Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corp, and consists of 4 brunches located in Dalian and Yingkou in China, Arlington in WA, and Portland in OR.
How does China look like today? What do Americans like about China? What kind of opportunities for Americans come to China? Working in the US Embassy and have lived in two big China cities, Guangzhou and Beijing, Janice Englehart has observed China with her unique way. Through her professional work, and through her personal life, Janice has deeply engaged in the energetic working style and life style in China. She will help you demystify what China really is. If you are interested in exploring China, or working with Chinese people, or looking for opportunities to bring your own product or services to China, you will find this discussion highly informative and exciting.
Guest: Janice Englehart
Janice Englehart joined U.S. Embassy Beijing’s Cultural Affairs Section in August 2016 after managing art and cultural programs for 5 years at U.S. Consulate Guangzhou. She programs events for music, film, and the performing arts, as well as coordinates the Embassy’s speakers program. In addition to her work in arts management, Janice has over 25 years of experience in the fields of environment, health, and social services. She has worked extensively with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations in policy analysis, public involvement programming, and project management. Janice holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A in Philosophy and German from the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Los Angeles and now considers Seattle home
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