News and Events

Regularly Scheduled Monthly Meeting

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee usually meets at 5:30 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings are held at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

A limited amount of free parking is available in front of City Hall after 5:00 pm.

Interested persons who are not committee members should contact the Committee Chair or Vice Chair in advance to arrange access to City Hall.

Upcoming Events

20th China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen, China
September 8th – 11th, 2018

Interested in expanding your business to the largest middle class population in the world? Then to you, we would like to promote The 20th China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)! The event focuses on nationality and internationality, investment negotiation and investment policy promotion, and coordinated development of national and regional economies. CIFIT will take place September 8-11, 2018 in Xiamen, China. This is a great opportunity for you and your business to get your foot in the door of the international market as well as make crucial business contacts. For more information and questions, please contact Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee Business Sub-committee Chair, Robin Su, at robinsu16@gmail.com.

Selected Recent Programs & Events

Port Discovery Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
Saturday, May 19th, 2018

BXSCC members brought calligraphy and paper crafts to Port Discovery Children’s Museum to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Baltimore City’s 2018 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Baltimore City Hall was filled with lively music and performances on Thursday, May 3rd, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Event attendees observed performances representing a variety of Asian cultures, while enjoying food from local restaurants. Mayor Pugh graciously stopped by as well, to share some words on the rich history and importance of the Asian-American community in Baltimore.

The event was hosted by the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister Cities, the Baltimore Changwon Sister City Committee – BCSCC, and the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee, and sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, MECU, the Baltimore Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

I Am the Change Youth Empowerment Conference
Saturday, April 28th, 2018

BXSCC members attended the 2018 I Am The Change Youth Empowerment conference at Western High School to host a panel introducing local grade school students to the benefits of studying abroad.

BXSCC Announces 2018-2019 Leadership Team
Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2018-2019 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang as Chair, Danny Evans as Vice Chair, Arella Liu as Treasurer, and W. Fontaine Bell as Member-at-Large. Regan Lerner has been newly elected Secretary. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

Port Discovery’s Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Celebration Event
Saturday, February 24th, 2018

BXSCC members volunteered at Port Discovery Children’s museum on Saturday, February 24th, to celebrate Lunar New Year with personalized bookmarks, coloring pages, and lessons on how to use chopsticks.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Govans Elementary School
Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Members from the BXSCC visited Govans Elementary School on Friday, February 23rd to spend some time introducing students in several 3rd grade classes to Chinese culture and the Lunar New Year.

Baltimore Sister Cities General Meeting and Holiday Potluck
January 12th, 2018

BXSCC members joined members of Baltimore Sister Cities at our annual general meeting to vote on Bylaws amendments and other agenda items. Holiday festivities followed.

Xiamen Arts & Culture Delegation Visit to Baltimore
December 4th & 5th, 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.

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.

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.

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