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11th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

featuring
Ambassador Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor (2013 – 2017) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2009 – 2013)

5:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2017 program includes a catered reception, a local address & discussion, and a nationwide webcast featuring Ambassador Rice. Check-in & refreshments begin at 5:30pm. The national webcast will be from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

To register, visit the event registration page which leads to a link for credit card payments. Checks in advance are to be made out to “Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.” Registration fees are $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid by October 17th, 2017. For payments & registrations after that date, a $10 surcharge will be assessed. All guests must register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds are not be available. Seating is limited.

For more information regarding our national speaker, please follow the hyperlink above. For a printer-friendly summary of the information above, please view the event flyer (coming soon).

The BXSCC Features in the Artscape 2017​ Baltimore Sister Cities Booth

July 21st – 23rd, 2017

In July 2017, the BXSCC returned to Artscape as part of the Baltimore Sister Cities booth. Artscape 2017’s theme was “CAMP”, so the BXSCC held an exhibit showcasing nature in traditional Chinese paintings, with examples from last year’s resident artist from Xiamen, Ms. Lifen Weng.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC Celebrates Chinese-Language Education Initiatives in Baltimore

May 15th & 17th, 2017

On May 15th, the BXSCC honored four Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students for their outstanding work in studying the Chinese language. Each student received a certificate and a monetary gift (enclosed in a ‘red envelope’) from the BXSCC. BXSCC Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang presided during the morning ceremony. Founding BXSCC member Mrs. Katherine Chin spoke to the students about the history of Baltimore City’s Chinese community and early trade with China. BXSCC Vice Chair Danny Evans presented awards to students during the afternoon ceremony and discussed the benefits of studying Chinese.

Two days later, fifty-two Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students traveled to Washington, DC, to the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United States of America. The visit included a tour of the Chancery Building where the students were able to view magnificent Chinese art treasures as well as listen to brief lectures concerning Chinese history and the current state of China-U.S. relations.

Baltimore City’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

5:00 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Gas & Electric Building, 110 W. Fayette Street (2 Center Plaza), Baltimore, MD 21202

Together with Exelon Corporation’s Asian American Resource Group, the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA), the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee co-hosted Baltimore City’s 2017 APAHM event in downtown Baltimore. Around 200 people attended the event, including Baltimore’s Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, BGE CEO Calvin G. Butler, Jr., Meals on Wheels Maryland Executive Director Stephanie Archer-Smith, state and city officials, representatives of the Chinese Embassy & the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs, and other honored guests. Guests enjoyed performances & foods representative of an array of Asian cultures as well as networking opportunities.

Event sign-ups were via Eventbrite; this event sold out.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Delegation from Xiamen: China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The BXSCC was pleased to welcome representatives from Xiamen’s Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs who visited Baltimore to promote the CIFIT – and were featured as special guests at the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reception that took place in Baltimore that same day.

The 2017 CIFIT will be held September 18th through 21st. For more information, please contact the BXSCC or visit the event website.

Maryland Organizations Co-Host U.S.-China Trade Conference with the Chinese Embassy

February 16th, 2017

The BXSCC was honored to co-host a high-level conference on U.S.-China trade under the new Trump administration with the Chinese Embassy, the Maryland-China Business Council, & the Maryland-Anhui Province Sister State Committee at the Chinese Embassy’s Business Offices in Washington, DC. In addition to remarks by the Embassy’s Minister for Commercial Affairs, Mr. Zhu Hong, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States Robert Daly, and Senior Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council Erin Ennis also spoke at length regarding the challenges and opportunities in trade and investment in China and the U.S. today. Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade’s General Representative in the U.S. Mr. Zhenge Zhao, representatives from leading Baltimore and Maryland businesses, and the leadership of the organizing committees joined in a lively discussion regarding these complex but very relevant concerns.

During the event, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford presented a Governor’s Citation to 2006-2017 BXSCC Chair W. Fontaine Bell to recognize his many years of service to Maryland and his dedication to promoting U.S.-China exchanges. Guests also enjoyed a subsequent reception graciously provided by the Embassy.

View photos from the event via Facebook.