News and Media – 2017

Baltimore Sister Cities Displays at the World Trade Center Institute Global Gala

December 6th, 2017

BXSCC representatives supported the WTCI as part of the Baltimore Sister Cities delegation and exhibited at this celebration of Baltimore businesses with global trade interests.

Xiamen Arts & Culture Delegation Visit to Baltimore

December 3rd & 4th, 2017

The BXSCC hosted a four-person delegation from Xiamen’s Publicity Department, Institute of Calligraphy and Painting, Federation of Literary & Art Circles, and Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. During visits with the Mayor, the Office of the City Council President, the Baltimore of Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and Towson University, the delegation discussed potential future arts and culture collaborations and exchanges.

View photos from the visit via Facebook.

Towson University Asian Faculty & Staff Association Event Featuring Robert Daly

December 1st, 2017

The BXSCC helped arrange for Robert Daly, the Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center, to be the keynote speaker for this event and sponsored a table at the event.

Baltimore Sister Cities Vice President & BXSCC Vice Chair Speak With Coppin State University’s Business Leaders of the Future Students

November 13th, 2017

The Business Leaders of the Future Program is a professional development program comprised of some of the top scholars in the College of Business at Coppin State University. Under the direction of Dr. Victoria Miller, Assistant Professor of Marketing, these scholars engage in a series of experiential learning activities designed to enhance their level of professionalism, making them more marketable for placement at top companies upon graduation. BSC Vice President Fontaine Bell and BXSCC Vice Chair Danny Evans spoke with Coppin State’s Business Leaders about the importance of China in a presentation titled “The Old and New Perspectives of China: How Can China Help Shape Your Professional Career?” and a subsequent discussion session. The students were also extended an invite to become involved with BSC and the BXSCC – and to help make a difference in Baltimore from an international perspective.

11th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
featuring
the Honorable Susan E. Rice, National Security Advisor (2013 – 2017) and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2009 – 2013)
and
Mr. John C. Wobensmith, Secretary of State of Maryland (2015 – present)
with the national dialogue moderated by
Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

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

The 2017 program included a catered reception, a local address by Secretary Wobensmith in person, a nationwide webcast featuring Ambassador Rice, and a panel discussion with the local audience featuring Secretary Wobensmith, Minister Counselor Deyou Tian of the Chinese Embassy, and Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs President Dr. Frank Burd. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm and the local program began at 6:00pm. The national webcast was from 7:00 to 7:45pm EDT.

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 were $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid by October 17th, 2017. For payments & registrations after that date, a $10 surcharge is being assessed. All guests must register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds are not be available. Seating is limited.

This event sold out.

For more information regarding our national and local speakers, please follow the hyperlinks above. For a printer-friendly summary of the information above, please view the event flyer​.

The 2017 edition of this event was sponsored by BRIC, LLC, Ekpac, the Exelon Asian American Resource Group, and the University of Maryland’s Office of China Affairs.

View photos from the program via Facebook.

The BXSCC Partners with the Xiamen University of Technology for Light City 2018 Proposal

July 31st, 2017

Thanks to wide-ranging support from local partners in both Xiamen and Baltimore, over the course of six weeks, a team of BXSCC volunteers and XMUT staff pulled together a proposal for a light installation melding both traditional Chinese lantern elements and modern technological innovations to be exhibited as part of the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in April 2018.

Results of the juried contest were announced in October 2017; the BXSCC congratulates the finalists for the Light Art Walk!

The BXSCC Hosts University of Maryland – Office of China Affairs Global Leadership Program Delegation

July 25th, 2017

The University of Maryland – Office of China Affairs brought 31 students and representatives from the Shanghai area to Baltimore’s City Hall to learn about how local governments function in the U.S.

The program began with a tour of City Hall by Jeanne Davis, City Hall Curator, and continued with a panel moderated by BXSCC Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang. Guest panelists represented an array of aspects of Baltimore City Government and civil society:

  • Mayor (Ethan Cohen, Senior Project Coordinator, Strategic Alliances, Office of Mayor Catherine Pugh)
  • City Council (Hosea Chew, Director of Administration, Office of the City Council President)
  • Economic Development (Larry Collins, Director Foreign Trade Zone # 74, Baltimore Development Corporation)
  • International Outreach (Fontaine Bell, Vice President, Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.)

View photos from the program via Facebook.

BXSCC Website Overhauled

July 24th, 2017

The second generation of the BXSCC’s website was retired as of 12:01am on July 24th, 2017 and replaced with a much more modern and smart phone-friendly version, courtesy of our long-time website provider USABAL Solutions.

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.

See the Orioles, Support Sister Cities!

Through July 15th, 2017

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh kindly made two packages of field box # 42 seats at Orioles Park at Camden Yards available for a raffle to benefit Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. These packages were for the Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers game on Saturday, August 5th and the Orioles vs. Los Angeles Angels game on Saturday, August 19th. Two winners were selected; each winner received a package of 4 game tickets and 1 parking pass for one of the games. The total value of each prize package was $350. The raffle ticket prices were $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets.

The drawing was held at 4pm on Sunday, July 23 at the Baltimore Sister Cities Artscape booth. The winning tickets were sold by the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister City Committee and the Baltimore – Kawasaki Sister City Committee, respectively.

View the raffle flyer.

The BXSCC Hosts ‘People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries’ Delegation

June 14th, 2017

The University of Maryland – Office of China Affairs brought 24 high-ranking officials from a number of Chinese provincial and city governments to Baltimore’s City Hall to learn about Baltimore’s experience with sister cities and to discuss cross-cultural communications. Fontaine Bell, Vice President of Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc., and Danny Evans, Vice Chair of the BXSCC, led the presentations and discussion. Also assisting were BXSCC officers Arella Liu and Matt Moores and member Denée Barr. Hosea Chew, Director of Administration for the Baltimore City Council, represented the city government.

Following the formal presentations, Jeanne Davis, City Hall Curator, led a tour of the historic building.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC Joins the Charles Village Festival

June 3rd & 4th, 2017

Wyman Park Dell, Charles Village, Baltimore, MD

For the first time ever, the BXSCC displayed at a local Baltimore neighborhood festival. Visitor shared in Xiamen & Chinese stories & crafts as well as supporting the BXSCC’s fundraiser to better help “promote business, cultural, educational, health/environmental and other cooperation and exchanges between the cities of Baltimore … and Xiamen … and to support Baltimore City’s other activities and programs related to China and the local Chinese community.”

The BXSCC Participates in Asian Pacific Celebration at Port Discovery!

May 27th, 2017

On Saturday, May 27th, the BXSCC celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Port Discovery, meeting with community members and engaging in Chinese culture with children and parents! Children were invited to participate in a number of cultural activities, such as learning how to use chopsticks and receiving a transliteration of their names written by a calligrapher.

To learn more about Port Discovery and the wide variety of activities they offer, please visit the Port Discovery events page here.

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 and videos 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.

The BXSCC Supports Cecil County’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event

6:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Rising Sun High School Auditorium, 100 Tiger Dr., North East, MD 21901

The BXSCC joined in Cecil County’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event in its celebration of cultures across Asia – and met friends both old and new!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Amoy Art Deco Weekend

March 24th – 26th, 2017

BXSCC Public Relations & Promotion Chair Gabriel Meredith, his Asian Art Deco Alliance group, and Historic Shanghai, hosted a three days of walking tours of the Art Deco architectural gems of Xiamen.

The BXSCC Supports the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore Chinese New Year Banquet

March 5th, 2017

The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore hosted its 2017 Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster Banquet at Chopstix Gourmet Restaurant. About 130 people attended the event, including the Chinese Embassy, State and City officials, honored guests, association members, friends, and their families.

BXSCC Business Sub-Committee Co-Chair Carol (Min) Du was the emcee for the event. For more details, please read the article from Washington Chinese Daily News (in Chinese).

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.

The BXSCC Announces Leadership Team Changes

February 9th, 2017

After 11 years as Chair, W. Fontaine Bell is taking on the role of the BXSCC’s Member-at-Large. The BXSCC is pleased to welcome former Vice Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang as our new Chair. Former Culture, Sports, Promotion & Tourism Chair Danny Evans was elected Vice Chair. Kirsten Foster was previously elected Secretary, and Arella Liu continues as Treasurer. All executive committee terms will be through early 2018.

For the latest listing of the BXSCC’s officers, please visit our Leadership page.

Port Discovery’s Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Celebration Event

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee members celebrated the Year of the Rooster by volunteering their time at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Saturday, February 4th. BXSCC members assisted Port Discovery guests with CNY art activities from 10:30am until 4:00pm. Among other activities, Mr. Jinrong Chen, a gifted calligrapher, again wrote our visitors’ names in Chinese characters on bookmarks.

View media from the event via Facebook.

News and Media – 2016

Exelon Highlights Maryland Sister State & Baltimore Sister Cities Programs

November 16th, 2016

Exelon Corporation‘s Asian American Resource Group hosted representatives from the Maryland Sister State and Baltimore Sister Cities programs at a two-hour event to explain the sister state/city programs to Exelon’s employees. Atsuko Biars, Chair of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Committee, and Fontaine Bell, Chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Committee, presented to a group of about 50 Exelon employees. Both committees also served Asian food and drink to the attendees. Other presenters included representatives from the state’s China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam sister state committees. This program was an important part of Exelon’s annual Diversity & Inclusion Week.

10th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections

featuring

Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State (1973 – 1977) and National Security Advisor (1969 – 1975)

and

Dr. David M. Lampton, Hyman Professor and Director, China Studies Program, the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (1997 – present) and former President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (1988 – 1997)

and moderated by

Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

5:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2016 program included a catered reception, a local address & discussion, “Where Is the U.S.-China Relationship Headed — Why?” by Dr. Lampton in person, and a nationwide webcast featuring Dr. Kissinger. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm. The national webcast was from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

To register, visit the event registration page which contains 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 11th, 2016. 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.

This event sold out.

For more information regarding our national and local speakers, please follow the hyperlinks above. For a printer-friendly summary of the information above, please view the event flyer.

This event was sponsored at the Silver level by Active Minerals International, LLC, BRIC LLC, Ekpac China Inc., and TradeRiver USA and at the Bronze level by Exelon Asian American Resource Group (AARG).

View media from the event via Facebook. View China Daily’s report on the event on their website.

An Evening Romancing the River with MCBC and the Chinese Embassy

6:30 to 9:00pm, August 10th, 2016

The BXSCC joined the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC) and our friends from the Chinese Embassy for a sunset cruise and dinner on the scenic Potomac River, passing along the picturesque Washington, D.C. waterfront, glowing monuments, the stately Lee-Curtis Mansion, and the charm of Georgetown.

Registration was available at mcbc.net.

Xiamen Students Visit Baltimore City Hall

July 26th, 2016

Eleven middle school and high school students from Xiamen visited Baltimore City Hall on the morning of July 26th. The students were from a number of different schools in Xiamen and were attending an English language immersion program at McDonogh School in Baltimore County. They were greeted at City Hall by Claudia Freeland Jolin, Special Assistant in the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development, and Fontaine Bell, Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. They were given a briefing on Baltimore City and a special tour of City Hall by the building’s Curator, Jeanne Davis.

Baltimore Sister Cities Exhibit at Artscape 2016!

July 15th through 17th, 2016

A big thank you to all our supporters who volunteered at or visited the Baltimore Sister Cities booth during Artscape!

The BXSCC’s fellow sister city committees were your hosts Friday & Saturday, during which all 500 of our BSC, Inc.-branded fans found new homes with festival-goers. The BXSCC – including Xiamen watercolor artist Ms. Lifen Weng – showed off our artistic chops on Sunday the 17th.

See the Baltimore Sister Cities announcement and the festival website for more information.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Sister Cities Wins Innovation Award

June 29th, 2016

Baltimore Sister Cities has been awarded Sister Cities International’s 2016 Innovation Award for Economic Development! The BXSCC received special mention for our 30th anniversary delegation and its promotion of business development and education exchanges.

See the Baltimore Sister Cities announcement and the Sister Cities International press release for more information.

2016 Baltimore-Xiamen Chinese Language Awards

May 2016

At the end of each school year, the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee recognizes students in Baltimore City Public Schools who have excelled in learning Chinese as a foreign language. This year, Dr. Jiya Zhong of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Ms. Lifen Weng of Baltimore Design School each selected four of their students to be honored by our committee. Each student received a certificate and a gift card. Students honored were Kayla Brown, Ronald Jackson, Abigail McKenna, and Ezra Szanton of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Jonay Cunningham, Arjaai Fair, Donshay Johnson, and Tadeo Majarro of the Baltimore Design School. We congratulate and extend best wishes to each honoree!

View photos from the events via Facebook.

Baltimore Design School Students Travel to the Chinese Embassy and Chalin’s Restaurant

May 25th, 2016

Fourteen of Ms. Lifen Weng’s Chinese language learning students and four BXSCC members traveled to Washington, DC for a wonderful trip to the Chinese Embassy. The students, all 8th graders, learned about Chinese history through the magnificent artwork viewed in several key rooms and a lecture from a staff member. Upon leaving the embassy, the group left for a highly anticipated visit to Chalin’s Restaurant for lunch. Chalin’s is a highly-regarded Chinese restaurant in the Washington, DC area, and the students enjoyed their meal, which served as the coda to a new and exciting experience for the students.

View photos from the trip via Facebook.

Baltimore Orioles Mayor’s Sky Box Raffle

April 11th through May 15th, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kindly made the Mayor’s Skybox at Orioles Park at Camden Yards available for a raffle to benefit the Baltimore Sister Cities Program. This was for the Orioles/Tampa Bay Rays game on June 26th. The winner received 20 game tickets, 4 parking passes, and $400 in food and beverage credits; the corresponding flyer had more details.

The drawing was held as scheduled on May 22. A winner was picked and awarded prizes. Raffle proceeds totaled $5,380 (269 tickets at $20 each). These funds will be used to support our sister cities educational exchanges, cultural programs, and other activities. Contact Fontaine Bell ( fontainebell@gmail.com or 410-440-6117) with any questions.

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

Friday, May 13th, 2016

It was 11am when more than the usual excitement began to stir at Baltimore City Hall. Curiosity abounded as the Xiamen delegation walked into the heart of Baltimore’s governmental system. Guests from Xiamen had come to Baltimore in person to invite our governing body as well as interested individuals and corporations to the 20th CIFIT event. This was the beginning of what became a very fruitful day.

Upon their arrival, the delegation was given a tour of City Hall. Many pictures were taken, smiles ensued, and overall enjoyment was had. Afterwards, Xiamen delegation representative Eric Chen met with Baltimore Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert. Introductions were made, exchanges of ideas took place, and finally, the official written invitation was handed from Xiamen to Baltimore.

Following was a productive lunch where not only business was discussed but also exchanges of different experiences between Chinese and American life. It was a very lively table where the conversation ranged from business ideas to cultural differences in everyday life.

Finally, the delegation made their way to the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), where Xiamen informed American corporations about CIFIT. BDC President & CEO William H. Cole IV made opening remarks while both the delegation and BXSCC led the presentation. The meeting was very successful and, while BXSCC will not be able to attend the 2016 CIFIT, we will be more than happy to assist Baltimore and Maryland businesses in doing so should they decide to attend.

For more information about the 2016 CIFIT, please visit their website.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

6:30pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake invited the public to attend the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. This free reception featured Asian cultural performances, cuisine samples from local Asian restaurants, and other activities. Pre-registration was required. The contact for additional information or questions was Danny Evans ( dbevans6891@yahoo.com or 404-483-6848).

View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Announces 2016-2018 Leadership Team

March 10th, 2016

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2016-2018 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang and Arella Liu as Vice Chair and Treasurer, respectively. W. Fontaine Bell is now our Member-at-Large while serving as Acting Chair, and Kirsten Foster has been newly elected Secretary. Lisa (Weimin) Liu and Bob Zhang are now honorary Members-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

Port Discovery’s “Year of the Monkey” Chinese New Year Celebration Event

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Excitement filled the air on February 6th at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. The occasion was the annual Chinese New Year Celebration. Curious children visited the BXSCC Chinese New Year station and enjoyed creating various “Year of the Monkey” and other Chinese New Year-related art activities. Additionally, master calligrapher Mr. Jinrong Chen provided our guests with their own personalized bookmarks that were written in Chinese characters. The day was busy and very successful. The BXSCC looks forward to participating in the 2017 “Year of the Rooster” Chinese New Year celebration!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

News and Media – 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces Enhancements to Baltimore Sister Cities Program

Monday, December 7th, 2015

See the Baltimore Sister Cities website for the press release and working group report.

Xiamen, China 30th Anniversary Trade & Investment Delegation to Baltimore

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
(Recommended parking at “Baltimore Street Garage” next to City Hall at 15 Guilford Ave.)

Friends old and new joined the BXSCC in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Baltimore’s sister city relationship with Xiamen, China by welcoming 35 businesses and government officials from Xiamen. The BXSCC hosted two opportunities to meet one-on-one with the delegation, led by Xiamen Vice Mayor Li Dongliang, consisting of 5 government officials, 6 economic development and education leaders, and 18 companies*:

  • Business Matchmaking (included reception; prior registration required for City Hall access)
  • Reception (only; prior registration required for City Hall access)

*Members from the delegation represented industries such as construction/building, energy, industrial manufacturing, logistics, health/medical, and food processing. View the Full Delegation List (please note this information was subject to change and was not a guarantee).Platinum Delegation Sponsors:
Caracal Strategies
Maryland/DC District Export Council

Silver Delegation Sponsors:
UNC Kenan-Flagler OneMBA Program
United States – China Association of CommerceFor further information on how to be involved, interested parties were asked to contact Kathy Spanogle, 30th Anniversary Project Manager, at kspanogle@yahoo.com or 410-300-3322 OR Fontaine Bell, BXSCC Chairman, at fontainebell@gmail.com or 410-440-6117. For Sponsorship Opportunities and benefits, companies/organizations contacted Fontaine Bell. This website had the most up-to-date information including any changes in the delegation’s schedule or composition. The delegation’s program was subject to change without notice.

View photos & a video from the event via Facebook.

9th Annual CHINA Town Hall:

“Chinese Investment in the United States”

Featuring Former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, Huntsville, AL Mayor Sheldon A. Day, & Rhodium Group Founding Partner Daniel H. Rosen

and

“A Greater Game: The United States, China, & Russia Redux?”

Featuring Kissinger Institute on China and the United States Director Robert Daly

5:30 to 9:00pm, October 5th, 2015

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The program featured, via webcast, a panel discussion on Chinese investment in the United States by Secretary Rubin, Mr. Rosen, and Mayor Day as moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Following this discussion, the panel responded to questions e-mailed in from audience members in Baltimore and throughout the country. After the national webcast program, Mr. Daly, in person, spoke on the subject of “A Greater Game: The United States, China, & Russia Redux?”

Audience members were requested to register via the event registration page. The registration form had a link for credit card payments. Check in advance were made out to “Director of Finance”. Registration fees were $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid in advance by September 30th, 2015. For payments at the door, $10 was added to each price. Only cash or checks were accepted at the door. Everyone, even guests paying at the door, had to register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds were not be available. Seating was limited. Check-in and refreshments were from 5:30pm to 6:45pm; the national webcast began at 7:00pm.

For more information regarding our national panelists and local speaker, please follow the hyperlinks above. For a printer-friendly version of the information above, please view the event flyer.

View photos & videos from the event via Facebook.

The Baltimore-Xiamen & Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committees Celebrate Our 30th Anniversaries

September 26th, 2015

Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224

For the past 30 years, the BXSCC has been and continues to be an active sister city creating opportunities in Baltimore City and Xiamen, China for business, education, and cultural exchanges. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, the BXSCC joined efforts with the Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee, which also reached this milestone: Artists from Rotterdam and Xiamen, along with cultural activities curated by Stephen Bradley of the BXSCC and Annet Couwenberg of the BRSCC, were selected to represent these unique exchanges.

For more information about the anniversary celebrations, including a schedule of events, please view the event page. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Sister Cities at Artscape 2015

July 17th-19th, 2015

Baltimore’s Artscape arts festival is the largest event of its kind in the entire United States. The 2015 festival was a great opportunity to introduce Baltimore’s six active sister city relationships to all those who came to the Baltimore Sister Cities‘ amazing booth, young and old alike. Whether it was participating in a unique shipping container game (complete with a replica of a cargo ship), distributing brochures, sharing our knowledge of our international friends, or selling items native to the five nations we represented, our presence in Baltimore City and in Maryland was clearly made known. We look forward to Artscape 2016!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Honors Three Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Students for Excellence in the Study of the Chinese Language

June 3rd, 2015

At the end of each school year, the BXSCC takes pride in recognizing several Baltimore City high school students who demonstrate excellence in studying Mandarin Chinese. This year, three Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students of BXSCC member Dr. Jiya Zhong were selected for this honor. This year’s honorees were William Moorer, Aishwarya Shettigar, and BXSCC member Sydney Worsham. Each student received a certificate and a gift card. Mrs. Jacqueline Williams, the school’s principal, attended this special ceremony.

Congratulations, students!

View photos of the honorees via Facebook.

BXSCC Hosts Sponsor Appreciation Reception and Announces 4th Quarter Trade & Investment Delegation from Xiamen

May 14th, 2015

More than 50 business, education, and government representatives attended a Sponsor Appreciation Reception at City Hall on May 14th. Also attending were Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert, City Council President Jack Young, Baltimore Development Corp. President Bill Cole, and senior representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. The evening featured a presentation on financing exports to China by David Cooke, President of Ekpac China, Inc. Additionally, BXSCC Chair Fontaine Bell announced details of a major trade and investment delegation coming from Xiamen in the 4th quarter 2015 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Baltimore-Xiamen relationship.

View photos and a video from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Poly Students Visit the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC

March 31st, 2015

Approximately 75 Chinese language students and teachers from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute visited the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC. The trip also included lunch in Washington’s Chinatown and a short visit to the U.S. Capitol. At the embassy, the students viewed art and calligraphy displayed throughout the magnificent building which was designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 2009 by Chinese contractors. The students were also shown a film on modern China’s society and economy. The embassy visit was arranged by the BXSCC.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Xiamen Medical Officials Visit Johns Hopkins Hospital; Baltimore Health Comissioner Dr. Leana Wen Hosts Lunch

March 29th, 2015

Six senior medical officials from Baltimore’s Sister City in Xiamen, China visited Baltimore for discussions with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore-based Chinese Amercan Doctors Association and the BXSCC. During their stay, Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, hosted a lunch in their honor in downtown Baltimore.

Health and medical cooperation is an important part of Baltimore’s Sister City relationship with Xiamen. Since 2009, there have been four important medical exchanges between the two cities.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Year of the Sheep Port Discovery Chinese New Year Celebration

February 14th, 2015

A visit to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum guarantees a very enjoyable experience for all who visit. On Saturday, February 14th, excitement filled the museum as the annual Chinese New Year holiday was celebrated. Children of all ages learned about the holiday through a variety of “hands-on” activities that were provided by various organizations, including the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. Highlights included performances by The New Century School’s Chinese language immersion students, the Gina Liang Dancers, dazzling lion dances, and the personalized Chinese character bookmarks that each child received upon request from the BXSCC CNY station. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all!

For more information, please visit the Port Discovery event website. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Supporting the Maryland-China Business Council at Their “Who Is Doing Business In Africa? (And Why Is China So Interested?)” Panel Discussion & Reception

January 21st, 2015

Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.

Guests expanded their horizons at this exciting event from our partner organization! View the event flyer and the MCBC website for more information.

Name List of Xiamen Delegation*

Name List of Xiamen Delegation*

I. Government Delegation (Family names are capitalized)
1. Mr. LI Dongliang Vice Mayor, Xiamen Municipal People’s Government
2. Mr. REN Yong Vice Director General, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Education
3. Ms. SU Miaoling Director of Healthcare Office, CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee
4. Ms. CHEN Hongying Deputy Division Director & Interpreter, Xiamen Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
II. Economic and Education Delegation
1. Mr. ZHU Fuzhi Secretary General, Xiamen General Chamber of Commerce
2. Mr. GUO Qingxian Deputy Director, Administrative Committee of Xiamen Torch High-Tech Industrial Development Zone
3. Mr. ZHUANG Mingxing President, Xiamen Information School
4. Ms. LOU Xiaolan Principal Staff Member of Economic Liaison Department, Xiamen General Chamber of Commerce
5. Mr. LIAO Huaidong Director of Office, Xiamen Information School (responsible for international exchanges)
6. Ms. ZHU Ruijin Interpreter, Xiamen Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
III. Healthcare Delegation
1. Mr. TONG Suijun Party Secretary and Vice Director, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University
2. Mr. WANG Wenqiang Director, Xiamen Xianyue Hospital
3. Mr. NIU Jianjun Vice Director, Zhongshan Hospital of Xiamen University
4. Mr. WANG Yan Director, Xiamen Cardiovascular Hospital
5. Mr. ZHUANG Jianmin Vice Director, Xiamen Haicang Hospital
6. Mr. YANG Hua Director of Obstetrics VIP Department, Xiamen Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital
IV. Business Delegation
Company Business
1. Xiamen Chuangxin Commerce, Trade and Investment Co., Ltd. Real estate investment
2. Xiamen Gangfeng Group Co., Ltd. Energy trading, petroleum and chemical warehousing and logistics, health, & education
3. Xiamen Xintianda Corporation Development Co., Ltd. Import & export of steel raw materials, steel products, & coal
4. Le’ster (Xiamen) Curtain-wall Technology Co., Ltd. Curtain wall design, development, construction, maintenance, & processing
5. Xiamen Goodtime Entertainment Co., Ltd. Karaoke
6. Xiamen Wingtas Group Co., Ltd Manufacturing, service, catering, & cosmetology
7. Fujian Jiyang Group Co., Ltd. Asset investment & management, wholesale & retail, automobile sales, & artwork
8. Xiamen Yingxuan Wood Products Co., Ltd. Wood door & wood furniture manufacturing
9. Xiamen Daven Overseas Chinese Pig Breeding Co., Ltd. Pig farming & fresh meat
10. Xiamen Jicaishen Internet Science and Technology Co., Ltd. Online financial services
11. Xiamen Minchanglu Science and Technology Development Co. Engineering machinery R&D and manufacturing as well as patent technology commercialization
12. Xiamen Hanbang Packaging Products Co., Ltd. Plastic film R&D, manufacturing, & sales
13. Xiamen Ropeok Group Co., Ltd. Security products R&D, manufacturing & sales
14. Zhangzhou Chamber of Commerce in Xiamen
15. Fujian Xinsanli Complete Set of Electronic Equipment Co., Ltd. Design, installment, & maintenance of low-voltage power distribution boxes and systems
16. Xiamen Hongdaxing Hardware and Mechatronics Co., Ltd. Sales of welding rods and gas pressure regulators
17. Xiamen Jian’an Group Co., Ltd. Construction
18. Xiamen Wingtas Clothing Co., Ltd Clothing manufacturing
*Members and composition of the delegation is subject to change at any time without notice. Given the nature of international business and government delegations, we have provided the information available and cannot guarantee participation.

News and Media – 2014

8th Annual China Town Hall: “Issues in U.S.-China Relations” featuring President Jimmy Carter & Mr. Frank Jannuzi

6:00 to 9:00pm, Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2014 China Town Hall was truly a night to remember! The event opened with a networking reception filled with political dignitaries and business professionals. A nationwide webcast from the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations followed, with former president Jimmy Carter headlining. President Carter captivated audience members with his eloquent speech and intimate knowledge of American – Chinese diplomatic relations. His expertise was shown also during the tactful and informative answers he gave to viewers’ questions. After the webcast, local speaker Frank Jannuzi, President & CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and former (1997-2012) Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, engaged the local audience with his speech “Six Dragons Imperiling the Rise of China and Implications for U.S. – China Relations.” The China Town Hall is always a smashing success and this year was no different!

Pricing was $15 for students, $25 for BXSCC members, and $35 for non-members, payable in advance by credit card or check. Payment at the door required a $10 surcharge and could only be made by cash or check. Advance registration was required for everyone, even if paying at the door, in order to allow City Hall access.

This event sold out. Thank you for your interest!

For more information, view the event flyer. View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC’s Partner Organization, the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC), Hosted Friends From the Chinese Embassy for a Dinner Cruise on the Potomac

6:00pm boarding with a 7:00pm departure time, August 12th, 2014

Included: Dinner, wine, beer and music!

An evening of scenery, socializing and sailing on the good ship Odyssey was enjoyed by all. The cruise departed the waterfront promptly at 7pm and ran north to Georgetown, cruising by monuments into the warm Washington summer sunset.

MCBC Members and Guests: $110

Non-members: $150

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister members: Use the MCBC member rate when registering.

REGISTER HERE.

For more information, please contact MCBC.

The BXSCC and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Honor Some of BCPSS’ Great Students

June 1st, 2014

Four outstanding Baltimore City high school students were recognized by their teachers for excellence in the study of the Mandarin Chinese language. BXSCC members Dr. Jiya Zhong of Carver Vocational-Technical High School and Mr. Jim Zhang of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute selected their two top language scholars: Brinyia Trezevant and Tia Patterson were Carver Vocational-Technical High School’s recipients, while Macey Williams and Shelby Bouthner were Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s honorees. Each student received a special certificate and a gift card.

Additionally, four Carver Vocational-Technical High School students who participated in the Xiamen Electronic Vocational High School Summer Camp last summer were awarded Mayoral Citations at their graduation on June 1st. Six members of Carver’s Class of 2014 represented Baltimore City in Xiamen between 2011 and 2013.

The BXSCC’s Sixth (and Final) Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

11:00am to 2:00pm, June 1st, 2014

ZhongShan Restaurant, 323 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Once again we honored our late friend, honoree and original member, Calvin Chin. But this year’s event had two other special honorees, Rudolph S. Chow, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, and Katherine M. Chin, Calvin’s wife and also an original member of BXSCC. Mr. Chow spoke about his department’s important role and vision for maintaining and improving Baltimore’s physical infrastructure. Mrs. Chin was honored with Certificates of Appreciation from our Governor, Mayor, City Council President and the Xiamen Mayor’s Office, for her 30 years of service to BXSCC and her even longer advocacy for Baltimore’s Chinese-American community.

Dignitaries in attendance included City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Council 14th District Representative Mary Pat Clarke, Director of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Yi Shen, and Maryland Office of the Secretary of State’s Director of International Affairs Anna Yankova.

The brunch featured a kung fu demonstration by the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, a choral and dance performance by students from The New Century School, and a silent auction of Asian arts and crafts. About 100 persons attended.

For more information, please view our 2014 event flyer. A video of the event is posted at Google Drive. View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Announces 2014-2016 Leadership Team

April 10th, 2014

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2014-2016 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include W. Fontaine Bell as Chair and Andrew Brizzolara as Secretary. Xin (Cindy) Wang and Arella Liu are our new Vice Chair and Treasurer, respectively. Former Vice Chairs Lisa (Weimin) Liu and Bob Zhang were voted Members-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

Baltimore & Xiamen’s Sister City Relationship Wins “Most Innovative” Award at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards

March 27th, 2014

See Sister Cities International 2014 awards announcement page for details.

BXSCC Members Join Port Discovery’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

10am to 5pm, February 8th, 2014

BXSCC volunteers enthusiastically helped welcome the Year of the Horse at the annual Port Discovery Chinese New Year Celebration. Committee members assisted visiting guests with art activities and shared information about Chinese culture and new year traditions, and our master calligrapher added a special touch to bookmarks given to our young guests. We will return in 2015 for the Year of the Sheep celebration!

For more information, please visit the Port Discovery event website. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Free Concert Featuring the Xiamen Foreign Language School Youth Orchestra and the Baltimore School for the Arts

5:00 to 7:00pm, February 4th, 2014

Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Youth Orchestra of the Xiamen Foreign Language School made their very first visit to Baltimore during February 2014. These talented musicians performed in a free concert at the Baltimore’s very own School for the Arts on February 4. The concert repertoire included selections from classical music masters from China (Li Huanzhi, Lü Qiming, and Bao Yuankai, etc.), the United States (Copland), and Europe (Beethoven, Bizet, and Handel, etc.). An additional treat for the audience was a brief performance by the Baltimore School for the Arts Chamber Orchestra.

For more information, please view our event flyer.

News and Media – 2013

7th Annual China Town Hall: Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright & Counselor Zha Liyou

6:00 to 8:15pm, October 28th, 2013

The City of Baltimore – Office of the Mayor and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee hosted the “7th Annual China Town Hall” on behalf of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR) at Baltimore’s City Hall. Following a reception from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, the 2013 program began with a nationwide webcast speech by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. After the national program, Counselor Zha Liyou from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC, commented in person on the webcast speech and also addressed the important role of sister cities and friendship organizations in U.S.-China bilateral relations.

For more information, including registration instructions, please view our flyer. View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore-China Business Mission 2013

September 3rd through 12th, 2013

Shanghai & Xiamen

To learn more about this exciting event, please visit the Mission website.

Baltimore High School Students Study in Xiamen: Supporting Public High School Students’ Studies at Their Sister School

Mid-July 2013

A select group of Carver Vocational-Technical High School students represented Baltimore City when they traveled to Xiamen in July. Their visit was the result of a sister school relationship that was established between Carver and the Xiamen Electronic Vocational School (XMEVS) in April 2010. This was the second trip to China for Carver students. The first trip was in July 2011. Carver has also hosted administrators and teachers from XMEVS on several occasions.

View a video of the briefing that Carver students gave Mayor Rawlings-Blake on August 12 after their return from Xiamen here.

Parties interested in making a contribution to support this project should download the Funds for Sister School Exchange Form. Contributions may be made either by check as indicated in the form or by credit card using the below PayPal Donate link. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Any questions about contributing to this project should be emailed to Ms. Dawn Simon-Matthews, Business Manager, Carver Vocational-Technical High School or call (443) 984-3171.

2nd Briefing for Baltimore-China Business Mission 2013

July 9th, 2013 (updated date)

From September 3rd through 12th, Baltimore City Deputy Chief for Economic Development Kaliope Parthemos will be leading local Baltimore & Maryland companies to Shanghai and Xiamen, China on a business (trade & investment) development mission. For more information, please view our mission page.

Top Baltimore City Public School System Chinese Language Scholars Honored

May-June, 2013

Four Baltimore City Chinese language high school students were recognized and honored for outstanding work in their study of the Mandarin Chinese language. The teachers, Mr. Jim Zhang of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Dr. Jiya Zhong of Carver Vocational-Technical High School, selected their top Chinese language students, who each received a certificate and a gift card. The 2012-2013 school year’s recipients were Benjamin Ferrone and Morgan Greene of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Marcus Carter and Dareese Dunaway of Carver Vocational Technical High School. Three of the students were graduating seniors while Marcus Carter, then a junior, will graduate in 2014.

Baltimore City Deputy Chief Hosts Kick-off Briefing & Reception for Baltimore-China Business Mission 2013

4:30pm to 6:30pm, May 22nd, 2013

In September 2013, Baltimore City Deputy Chief for Economic Development Kaliope Parthemos will be leading local Baltimore & Maryland companies to Shanghai and Xiamen, China on a business (trade & investment) development mission. The kick-off briefing and reception was well-attended by several dozen guests, including supporters from Cecil, Howard, and Prince George’s Counties as well as the Maryland state government and the Chinese Embassy.

Companies interested in doing business with China are invited to join this trip, which will emphasize one-on-one matchmaking meetings with Chinese counterparts for companies in a wide range of industry sectors and with diverse interests (including exporting, importing, and attracting Chinese investment capital). There will also be good opportunities for meetings with relevant government officials and industry associations and representatives. For more information, please view our mission page.

BXSCC’s Fifth Annual Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

11am to 2pm, May 19th, 2013

Our 2013 Dim Sum Brunch featured a tribute to our late friend and honoree, Calvin Chin, and an address from distinguished guest Mr. Edward Chow Jr., Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs and a Bronze Star Vietnam veteran. Secretary Chow’s comments recognized and honored local Asian-Pacific American military veterans as well as National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

The brunch was also honored to have the U.S. Senator from Maryland, Ben Cardin, join us to share some heart-felt words about Calvin and his wife, Kitty, who remains a vital member of the Committee. We were also pleased to have a representative from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office present a message from the Senator.

The BXSCC also wants to give special recognition to all of the veterans that attended the program and to sincerely thank them for their service to this country.

Our event also featured a screening of “Touching the Tigers”, a documentary about the U.S. Flying Tigers fighter pilots in China during WWII, a silent auction, and raffle prizes as well as entertaining cultural performances.

For more information, please view our 2013 flyer. View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Members Join Port Discovery’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

10am to 5pm, February 16th, 2013

BXSCC volunteers enthusiastically helped welcome the Year of the Snake at the annual Port Discovery Chinese New Year Celebration. Committee members assisted visiting guests with art activities and shared information about Chinese culture and new year traditions, and our master calligrapher added a special touch to bookmarks given to our young guests. We will return in 2014 for the Year of the Horse celebration!

For more information, please visit the Port Discovery event website. View photos from the event via Facebook.

News and Media – 2012

China (Xiamen) International Boat Show 2012

November 2nd-5th, 2012

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee supported the 5th annual China (Xiamen) International Boat Show which took place this November. Xiamen’s temperate climate and coastal location make it one of China’s most important centers for the marina and yachting industries. For more information, please contact BXSCC Chairman W. Fontaine Bell and/or Business Sub-Committee Chair Richard Minton.

6th Annual China Town Hall: Ambassador Gary Locke & Counsellor Zha Liyou

This event was canceled due to the severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy. All persons who paid by credit card should have received a refund on their credit card statement through our credit card processor (Acteva). Please do not attempt to reverse, cancel or refuse your original payment as this will cause us costly administrative fees. If there are any questions or problems, please contact BXSCC Chair Fontaine Bell at fbell12345@aol.com.

We appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s China Town Hall and other Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee events. You can follow our activities at www.bxscc.org.

We hope you and your families and colleagues all stayed safe during this dangerous storm.

Original Event Information:

7 to 9:15pm, October 29th, 2012

The City of Baltimore – Office of the Mayor and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee are hosting the ‘6th Annual China Town Hall’ on behalf of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR) at Baltimore’s City Hall. Following a catered reception from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, this year’s program will begin with a nationwide webcast speech from Beijing by U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke. After the national program, Counsellor Zha Liyou from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC, will comment, in person, on the webcast speech and will also address the important role of sister cities and friendship organizations in U.S.-China bilateral relations.

The Baltimore hosts of the 2012 China Town Hall would like to thank the following area organizations and businesses for their generosity in sponsoring the reception and other local event costs: Christopher B. Miller Company, Long River Realty, Marina Ventures, Ltd., the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland, and Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP.

For more information, including registration instructions, please view our flyer.

China International Fair for Investment & Trade

September 8th-11th, 2012

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee supported the annual China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen. This was the largest national event of its kind in China and attracted investors, importers and exporters from all over China and most foreign countries. For more information, please contact BXSCC Chairman W. Fontaine Bell and/or Business Sub-Committee Chair Richard Minton.

Xiamen University Student Counselors Complete University of Maryland Executive Development Program

August 17th, 2012

BXSCC Chair Fontaine Bell and Vice Chair Lisa Liu attended the graduation ceremony for 32 Xiamen University student counselors from the University of Maryland’s Executive Development Program. For three weeks these counselors participated in a special course designed to improve their ability to handle the needs of foreign students at Xiamen University. Xiamen University is one of China’s leading universities with a total student population of more than 25,000, including more than 1,000 foreign students. The University of Maryland’s Maryland China Initiative provides non-degree training for Chinese leaders in a variety of professions including Educational Administration. The BXSCC was instrumental in bringing this group to Maryland and during the ceremony presented a citation from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake congratulating the group on its success.

View a photo from the event at our Facebook page.

Johns Hopkins Hospital / Chinese American Doctors Association Delegation Visit Xiamen

August 11th to 15th, 2012

Six Baltimore doctors representing the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Chinese American Doctors Association, and Kaiser Permanente were the guests of the Xiamen Maternity and Child Care Hospital from August 11th through 15th, 2012. The trip’s main purpose was to lecture at a Chinese national symposium of gynecology and obstetrics in Xiamen. While there, the doctors also discussed closer ties between the medical and health establishments in both cities and shared medical, academic, administrative, demographic, and collaborative insights. This was the third such exchange since 2009 and a reflection of the importance of a long-standing sister city relationship started in 1985 by the late Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer.

View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

China Business & Trade Matchmaking Seminar

June 8th, 2012

The City of Baltimore – Office of the Mayor and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee hosted a China Business & Trade Matchmaking Seminar from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon at City Hall on Friday, June 8th, 2012. The seminar included general information on doing business with Baltimore’s sister city in Xiamen, China as well as an opportunity for direct matchmaking meetings with 7 Xiamen companies who were part of a business delegation to Baltimore organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. For more information, please view our flyer.

View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

Poly Students Receive BPI/Baltimore-Xiamen Chinese Language Award

June 3rd, 2012

Mr. Jim Zhang, BXSCC member and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Chinese language teacher, selected two Class of 2012 students to receive the second annual BPI/Baltimore Xiamen Chinese Language Award. Johnson Wah Lung Lei and Jordan Lea Walker each received a gift card from the BXSCC and a certificate from their school for demonstrating excellence in the study of Mandarin Chinese. Congratulations to both students: We wish Johnson and Lea all the best in their future endeavors!

Carver Students Presented with Mayoral Citation and Chinese Language Award

May 22nd, 2012

May 22nd was a very exciting day for the Carver Vocational-Technical High School senior class of 2012. The Senior Farewell Day Assembly is one of the most important activities on the seniors’ calendar. During this assembly, five members of the Class of 2012 who participated in the summer 2011 Carver-Xiamen Sister School exchange trip were presented with a Mayoral Citation commemorating their historic trip. Additionally, one of their classmates captured the 2012 Baltimore Xiamen Chinese Language Award. This was the first – but certainly not the last – presentation of this award. This year’s top Chinese language student was LaBrea Pack. LaBrea received a one hundred dollar gift card as her prize. This annual award will be given to Carver’s top Chinese language student as selected by their teacher Dr. Jiya Zhong.

Carver Vocational-Technical High School Welcomes Xiamen Educators

May 11th, 2012

On May 11th, six distinguished educators from the Xiamen Electronic Vocational High School and the Confucius Institute of the University of Delaware met with Principal Kirk Sykes and several members of the Carver-Xiamen School Exchange Project Committee at Carver Vocational-Technical High School to discuss plans for their teacher’s exchange visit this coming October. After concluding the meeting, the group lunched at the Inn at the Black Olive in Fells Point and toured City Hall.

View photos from the visit at our Facebook page.

BXSCC Supports Xiamen University Executive Development Program Delegation

May 6th, 2012

BXSCC Chair W. Fontaine Bell, Vice Chair Lisa Weimin Liu, and Business Committee Chair Richard Minton attended a dinner party in Washington, D.C. to welcome 63 business leaders from southeast China who are participants in Xiamen University’s Executive Development Program. Led by Mr. Yongmiao Hong, Dean of the Xiamen University School of Economics, the delegation visited leading research universities, financial experts, companies, and institutions, and explored business opportunities throughout the U.S. during May 2012 as part of their curriculum. The dinner was co-hosted by the U.S.-China Association of Commerce and the Xiamen Alumni Association of North America. The keynote speaker was Mr. Zhang Shaogang, Minister-Counselor of The Economic & Commercial Office at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States. Mr. Bell was also a speaker. He reviewed the history of Baltimore City and State of Maryland relations with China since 1980 and the ongoing vibrant commercial, cultural, medical and educational connections. For more information about this delegation please visit http://www.chineseindc.com/ (in Chinese).

BXSCC Announces 2012-2014 Leadership Team

March 8th, 2012

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2012-2014 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include W. Fontaine Bell as Chair, Leslie Simpson as Treasurer, Andrew Brizzolara as Secretary, and Vincent Liu as Member-at-Large. Lisa (Weimin) Liu will be our new Vice Chair. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

BXSCC Members Lend a Helping Hand to Port Discovery’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

10am to 5pm, January 21st, 2012

Excitement filled Port Discovery Children’s Museum on January 21st as BXSCC volunteers arrived to ring in the Year of the Dragon. Mr. Jinrong Chen, our master calligrapher, meticulously completed personalized bookmarks for our many guests. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the art/cultural activities, learning basic terms in Mandarin, conversing with our committee members, and practicing Chinese calligraphy. Happy Chinese New Year to all!

For more information, please visit the Port Discovery event website or view the event flyer. View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

News and Media – 2011

5th Annual China Town Hall – Baltimore

6 to 9pm, November 16th, 2011

On the evening of Wednesday, November 16, the City of Baltimore – Office of the Mayor and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee hosted the 5th Annual China Town Hall on behalf of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). Baltimore’s event was one of more than 50 similar functions held simultaneously throughout the United States. More than 60 persons attended this event at City Hall. The program began with a national webcast by Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to former President Jimmy Carter, and concluded with a local talk by Robert Goldberg, a Baltimore native who was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China from 2009 through January 2011. Messrs. Brzezinski and Goldberg addressed a wide range of current issues involving China and the United States including economics, trade, and security. There was also an opportunity for extensive Q&A and discussion with both speakers about these topics.

Baltimore’s China Town Hall was sponsored by three Maryland companies: CTRL Systems, Inc., John S. Connor, Inc., and Long River Realty.

The NCUSCR was established in 1966 to promote understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino-American relations serve vital American and world interests.

For more information about this event, please view our flyer. View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

4th Annual China (Xiamen) International Boat Show

November 4th to 7th, 2011

The 4th Annual China (Xiamen) International Boat Show was held at Xiamen’s Wuyuan Bay Marina from November 4th through 7th, 2011. Complete information, including registration instructions, can be found at http://www.xmboatshow.com/Eng/NewInfo.aspx?ID=2.

BXSCC’s Fourth Annual Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

11am to 2pm, October 23rd, 2011

Our 2011 Dim Sum Brunch featured a briefing & slide show on Carver Vo-Tech High School students’ summer exchange trip to Xiamen, the first Baltimore viewing of “Touching the Tigers”, a documentary about the U.S. Flying Tigers fighter pilots in China during WWII, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and traditional dim sum at ZhongShan Restaurant in Baltimore’s old Chinatown.

For more information, please view our flyer and read about Calvin and our 2008 brunch here.

View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

Xiamen Confers Honorary Citizenship on BXSCC Chairman W. Fontaine Bell

September 29, 2011

Baltimore’s sister city Xiamen, China recognized BXSCC Chairman W. Fontaine Bell as an honorary citizen for his contributions to the promotion of and achievement in international exchanges and cooperation with Xiamen. Mr. Bell is one of ten individuals to be so honored this year. For more information, please view http://www.fjfao.gov.cn/cms/html/2011-09-29/25839.html (in Chinese).

15th China International Fair for Investment & Trade

September 8th to 11th, 2011

The 15th China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT) was held from September 8th to 11th in Xiamen. Complete information, including registration instructions, can be found at http://www.chinafair.org.cn/English/index/index.aspx.

BXSCC Summer BBQ

July 24th, 2011

The BXSCC welcomed members, family, and friends to its first summer barbeque on the water this July. The Edgemere event featured food, drinks, badminton, water activities, and more!

View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

Baltimore High School Students Study in Xiamen: Support Public High School Students’ Studies at Their New Sister School!

July 7th to 18th, 2011

A select group of Carver Vocational-Technical High School students represented Baltimore City as they traveled to Xiamen, China in July. Their visit was a result of a sister school relationship that was established between Carver and the Xiamen Electronic Vocational School in April 2010 (see our April 22nd, 2010 news event entry).

Parties interested in making a contribution to support this project were asked to contact Mrs. Dawn A. Simon-Matthews (Business Manager) of Carver Vocational-Technical High School at DASMatthews@bcps.k12.md.us and/or 410.396.0553 or Ms. Vida Willis (BXSCC) at newlif1982@aol.com to request a Fund for Sister School Exchange Program Form. Contributions were accepted up to July 15th, 2011.

Asian Fortune Diversity Job Fair

June 13th, 2011

Fairfax Elks Lodge, 8421 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA

Over two dozen employers recruited at the free Asian Fortune Diversity Job Fair in Fairfax, Virginia on Monday, June 13th, 2011 from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit http://www.asianfortunenews.com/site/article_0611.php?article_id=15.

Xiamen Business Delegation Holds Baltimore Matchmaking Session

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Baltimore Development Corporation, 36 South Charles Street, Suite 1600, Baltimore, MD 21201-3015

The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), Xiamen Branch led a 30-person delegation representing more than 20 companies and organizations from Xiamen, China to Baltimore on May 19th and 20th, 2011. The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) hosted a business matchmaking meeting from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Friday, May 20th at their offices in downtown Baltimore.

For more information, please view the event flyer and the Asian Fortune news article (courtesy of Jay Chen).

Sister City International Annual Conference in Arlington, VA

March 3rd to 5th, 2011

For complete information, please visit www.sistercitiesconference.org.

Chinese Traditional Orchestra of Anhui Debut at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

February 25th, 2011

Artists from the State of Maryland’s sister province of Anhui performed in Baltimore. Contact World Artists Experiences for details.

BXSCC Supports Baltimore Chinese School Chinese New Year Celebration

February 5th, 2011

A great time was had by all at our partner organization‘s celebration of the Chinese New Year!

Over 1,800 Visit Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s Chinese New Year Celebration

January 29th, 2011

A big thank you to the hundreds who joined BXSCC at Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration! Committee volunteers gave chopsticks and Chinese lessons, introduced the Chinese zodiac, and made personalized bookmarks with the help of master calligrapher Jinrong Chen, among other activities.

View photos from the event at our Facebook page.

News and Media – 2010

Xiamen Business Delegation Visits Baltimore

December 19th & 20th, 2010

BXSCC hosted a seven-member business delegation facilitated by our partners in CCPIT Xiamen. Delegation activities included business meetings at the Baltimore Development Corporation and a highlight tour of Baltimore.

Holiday Party Celebrates BXSCC’s 25th Anniversary

December 3rd, 2010

The BXSCC celebrated its 25th year with an elegant dinner in the Calvert Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore. Distinguished guests included Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, CADA Chairman Dr. Alvin Zhang, and the five-member medical delegation from Xiamen Maternity & Child Healthcare Hospital (see below), among others.

BXSCC Co-Hosts Medical Delegation from Xiamen

December 1st to 3rd, 2010

BXSCC and partner organization CADA hosted a five-member medical delegation from Xiamen Maternity & Child Care Hospital led by President Li Jian in December. President Li and her fellow doctors, including Vice President Zhong Hongxiu, Surgical Director Guo Naiqiang, Gynecology Director Wang Yanlong, and Central Laboratory Director Zhou Yulin explored Baltimore public health services and partnership opportunities with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI) in various aspects of medicine through extensive meetings with JHMI personnel and also with Baltimore City officials. The delegation’s visit culminated with BXSCC’s 25th Anniversary Holiday Party on December 3rd (see above).

BXSCC Holds Third Annual Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

October 17th, 2010

Our 2010 Dim Sum Brunch (see flyer) at the ZhongShan Restaurant garnered a full house of 110 BXSCC members, friends, and distinguished guests. The event featured, among other highlights:

Chinese music performances
A silent auction featuring items from China, 20 tickets to an Orioles game at the Mayor’s box in 2011, and more!
Raffle prizes including: Gift baskets from Port Discovery Children’s Museum and gift certificates to ZhongShan Restaurant

For photos from the event, visit us on Facebook.
BXSCC Booth at Catholic Charities’ Dragon Boat Races in Baltimore

September 11th, 2010

Visit the Catholic Charities page for more information regarding the event.
2010 China Business & Trade Mission

August 29th to September 10th, 2010

Shanghai, Beijing, Hefei, Xiamen

The Maryland-China Business Council, the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, and the BXSCC joined forces to form a business and trade mission to China in September 2010. Led by Maryland Secretary of State John P. McDonough, the trip facilitated business with China through matchmaking sessions with Chinese companies and high-level meetings with industry and government leaders in Shanghai, Beijing, Hefei, and Xiamen.

2010 is the 15th anniversary of the MCBC, 25th anniversary of the BXSCC, and the 30th anniversary of the MAPSSC. Thank you for joining us in celebrating these long-term relationships between the US and our Chinese partners!

The 2010 China Business & Trade Mission website previously at http://md2china.com/ contained additional information.

Xiamen University Welcomes Study Abroad Students

August 2nd, 2010

Xiamen’s premier institution of higher education is now welcoming international students for Chinese-immersion and various academic programs at its Overseas Education College. Condensed and semester-long programs are available.
For more information, please visit the Overseas Education College or contact BXSCC member Lisa Liu.

2010 China Business & Trade Mission Briefing and Luncheon

June 17th, 2010

The BXSCC, Maryland-China Business Council, and Maryland-Anhui Province Sister State Committee welcomed Mission pre-registrants and other interested parties to our briefing and luncheon at Hunan Manor in Columbia, Maryland. We were joined by distinguished guests Maryland Secretary of State John P. McDonough, Maryland Office of the Secretary of State Director of International Affairs Mendy Nitsch and Chinese Embassy representatives Minister Counsellor Zhang Ping and 1st Secretary Duan Jun. In addition to our briefing, guests were treated to special remarks from Secretary McDonough and Minister Counsellor Zhang as well as testimonials from Maryland businessmen who have found great success in doing business with China following their participation in past trade missions.

The Mission website previously at http://www.md2china.com/ contained additional information.

For photos from the event, please visit our Facebook photo album.

Chamber Music Concert Raises Funds for Asian American Health Care

May 23rd, 2010

The Chinese American Doctors Association (CADA) presented “Music for Compassion“, a chamber music benefit concert featuring performances by area medical professionals and accomplished amateur musicians as well as Peabody Institute faculty, in Columbia, Maryland on May 23rd. Event attendees were treated to pieces by Bizet, Schubert, and Dvořák as well as traditional Chinese pieces such as the Butterfly Lovers Concerto. All proceeds from the event went to support the non-profit Asian American Healthcare Center (AAHC), a volunteer clinic dedicated to helping uninsured, underinsured, and low-income Asian American families in the state of Maryland.

CADA President and BXSCC member Dr. Alvin Zhang chaired the event’s organizing committee. In addition to BXSCC and Dr. Zhang’s Bronze Sponsorships, BXSCC members Kitty Chin and Daniel Green were also Bronze Sponsors for the event and many BXSCC members were present for this delightful evening of entertainment.

Baltimore City Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May 20th, 2010

The BXSCC joined other area Asian/Pacific American organizations and the City of Baltimore in celebrating Asian/Pacific American heritage at a tea tasting event at Baltimore City Hall the evening of May 20th. Along with Heritage Month Board members and BXSCC members Vincent Liu, Bob Zhang, and Kitty Chin, a large delegation from BXSCC enjoyed pan-Asian teas and snacks, traditional music and dance, and tea leaf readings at the event keynoted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

2010 China Business & Trade Mission Announcement and Reception

April 27th, 2010

Kick-off and reception for companies interested in joining the September 2010 China Business & Trade Mission co-organized by the BXSCC, the Maryland-China Business Council, and the Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee. This high-profile mission will be led by Maryland’s Secretary of State, John P. McDonough, with assistance from federal and state trade agencies. The purpose of the mission will be to assist Mid-Atlantic companies find business opportunities and partners (i.e. matchmaking) in one of the world’s most dynamic markets. The mission announcement and reception was held at the end of an all-day ChinaWise Business Seminar organized by BXSCC committee member Janee Pierre-Louis.

Baltimore and Xiamen Technical Schools Sign Historic Agreement

April 22nd, 2010

In the spirit of international cooperation and educational exchange, Baltimore City Public School System’s Carver Vocational Technical High School and Xiamen Electronic Vocational School (XMEVS) entered into a formal sister school agreement at a contract signing ceremony at the Carver campus on Thursday, April 22. Carver, along with the BXSCC, hosted XMEVS President Mr. ZHANG Yongqiang, Vice Headmaster Mr. LAI Huiyu, and English teacher Mr. “Frank” ZHOU Xiangfang during their two-day visit to Baltimore. The sister school relationship was proposed during the BXSCC delegation’s visit to Xiamen in September 2008, and has aims of 1) enhancing language studies on both sides through an email-based pen pal program, 2) using the internet to cooperate on other study projects (vocational, social studies, etc.), and 3) developing a summer exchange program for top Chinese and English language students from Carver Vo-Tech and XMEVS, respectively.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook photo album.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Port Discovery

February 20th, 2010

Kids of all ages celebrated the Year of the Tiger at Port Discovery Children’s Museum during an annual event supported by the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee.
The event highlight continued to be our personalized Chinese calligraphy bookmarks, with artistry by a master calligrapher and on-site translations for names by committee members. In addition, committee members passed out fortune cookies and provided basic Chinese language, chopsticks, and zodiac lessons.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook photo album.

News and Media – 2009

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee’s Second Annual Calvin Chin Memorial Dim Sum Brunch

Sunday October 25th, 2009

Calvin Chin was a founding member of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee and a patriarch of Baltimore’s Chinese community. He passed away on February 12th, 2008. The ZhongShan Restaurant in Baltimore’s Chinatown is at the same location where he and his wife, Katherine “Kitty” Chin, owned and operated a Chinese restaurant for many years.

All funds raised at this event supported the activities of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, including student, cultural, medical, environmental, and business exchanges between the two cities.

For photos from the event, please visit our Facebook photo album.

Xiamen International Boat Show

October 31st to November 3rd, 2009 (Briefing session on July 29th, 2009)

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, Maryland-Washington DC District Export Council, U.S. Export Assistance Center and Cooper/Wallace, LLC led the Maryland Marine & Boat Mission to the Xiamen International Boat Show, October 31st to November 3rd, 2009. Held at the state-of-the-art Wuyuan Bay Marina Complex. The products and services of mission participants were showcased, with additional opportunities for site visits, networking events, and meetings with industry contacts.

Xiamen is home to China’s eighth largest deep water port and boasts a large yacht manufacturing base which accounts for nearly one third of the country’s yacht exports. It is also one of the top three marina development locations in China.

This was a chance for Maryland and regional boating equipment manufacturers, service providers and marina related companies to get in on the ground floor of China’s dynamic market. A preliminary briefing session was held at the Baltimore U.S. Export Assistance Center on Wednesday, July 29th.

China International Fair for Investment & Trade

September 8th, 2009

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee organized a business delegation to Xiamen, China to attend the four-day China International Fair for Investment & Trade. This is the largest national event of its kind in China and attracts investors, importers and exporters from all over China and most foreign countries. In addition to having a booth at the fair, the committee arranged matchmaking meetings with potential partners and organizations both at the fair and in Xiamen.

China Marine Resource Management Group Delegation Visits NOAA

Singapore International Water Week

June 22nd to 26th, 2009

Peter Gourlay, Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Environmental Sub-committee and President of Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership, attended Singapore International Water Week from June 22nd through June 26th, 2009 where he spoke as part of the North America Business Forum.
Singapore International Water Week is the global platform that brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world. The theme of this year’s event is “Sustainable Cities – Infrastructure and Technologies for Water”. See www.siww.com.sg for more information

Chinese Embassy Official Visits Baltimore

June 11th, 2009

Duan Jun, 1st Secretary at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the USA, visited Baltimore as the guest of the Mayor’s Office of International & Immigrant Affairs and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. Ms. Duan, a native of Beijing, recently arrived in Washington, DC to work in the embassy department responsible for relations with U.S. state and local governments.

In Beijing Ms. Duan managed PRC relations with U.S. Sister Cities and other friendship associations. As part of her visit she attended the June monthly meeting of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee.

Baltimore Medical Delegation Visits Xiamen

April 24th to 27th, 2009

A delegation of four Johns Hopkins doctors and the Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee attended the 50th anniversary celebration of the Xiamen Maternity and Child Health Hospital (also known as the Lin Qiaozhi Hospital in honor of this Xiamen native and pioneer of modern Chinese obstetrics and gynecology.) While in Xiamen, the doctors presented medical lectures to the hospital staff and also met with the Dean of the Medical School of Xiamen University to plan long-term cooperation and exchanges.

Xiamen Business Delegation Visits Baltimore

March 20th, 2009

The Xiamen Foreign Economic & Trade Enterprises Association (XFETEA) led a 22-person delegation representing 15 companies from Xiamen to Baltimore on Friday, March 20th, 2009 to meet with potential business partners. This event was held at Baltimore’s City Hall from 9am to 12 noon and concluded with a buffet lunch from 12 noon to 1pm.

XFETEA is a private trade organization that assists its more than 1,500 member companies with foreign trade and investment.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Port Discovery

January 24th, 2009

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee was a sponsor and participant in Port Discovery’s Chinese New Year Celebration for local children.

The highlight of the event was a master Chinese calligrapher who made bookmarks of individual’s names translated into Chinese. Committee members provided the “on-site” translation. Other activities included Chinese children’s games and a workshop on using chopsticks.

Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership Reception for Beijing Municipal Water Delegation

January 14th, 2009

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee was a cooperating partner and participant in a reception for a visiting delegation from Beijing’s Municipal Water Authority. The reception was organized by Peter Gourlay, President of Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (MD-AEP) and Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Committee’s Environmental Sub-committee.