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 OR Fontaine Bell, BXSCC Chairman, at 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


“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.