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Aug. 19: Expression of Diplomacy Performance

 Posted by on August 14, 2019  Events, Upcoming Events  Comments Off on Aug. 19: Expression of Diplomacy Performance
Aug 142019

The Indianapolis-Hangzhou Sister City Committee (IHSCC) and International and Latino Affairs of the Mayor’s Office of Indianapolis cordially invite you to attend Expression of Diplomacy, a special performance night celebrating the Indianapolis and Hangzhou partnerships. This event is to be held at the Shortridge High School Theater (3401 N. Meridian St., IN 46208) on Monday August 19th @7:00-8:30 pm


Ticket purchases and donations can be made through . All proceeds from this event will go to fund of the IHSCC International Education Exchange Program supporting Indianapolis public school students China trip. The ticket costs and contributions are tax deductible.. .


The mission of IHSCC International Education Exchange Program is to increase the global learning opportunities for public school students of Indianapolis through education exchanges with Indianapolis sister city Hangzhou China.


This is a continuing effort of the Indianapolis Sister City Committees to expose the Indianapolis communities to other cultures and to prepare young generations for a global economy.Your participation and contributions will make differences!

Sep. 17: CGCC-Chicago Annual Gala

 Posted by on August 8, 2019  Events, Upcoming Events  Comments Off on Sep. 17: CGCC-Chicago Annual Gala
Aug 082019

On September 17, 2019, the China General Chamber of Commerce – Chicago (CGCC-Chicago) will host its fourth Annual Gala in downtown Chicago. With a theme of “Synergy”, the Annual Gala will celebrate the achievements of the forty-year relationship between the United States and China.

12:30pm  Opening
1:00pm    Speeches and Forum
4:00pm    B2B Matchmaking Meeting
5:30pm    Cocktail Reception
6:30pm    Dinner Banquet & Awards Ceremony

Oct. 22: ACSI’s China Business Conference & Annual Gala

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Apr 022019


On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the America China Society of Indiana (ACSI) will host its ninth Annual Gala & China Business Conference at the Hilton in downtown Indianapolis. Beginning at 1:00pm, the China Business Conference will focus on the future of US-China business relations including trade, tariffs and bilateral investment.  Followed by a networking reception, the Gala will kickoff with traditional Chinese performances, dinner service, awards, silent auction and a keynote speech.


US-China Economic Briefing
Indiana-China Business Update
US-China Political Overview and Future Outlook
Intellectual Property Strategies & Solutions
Trade & Tariffs Briefing



Hilton Indianapolis
120 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

11:30am   VIP Lunch 贵宾午餐
1:00pm     Business Conference 商务会议
4:30pm     Networking 商业网络
6:30pm     Annual Gala Dinner 年度晚宴

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Nov. 5: China International Import Expo

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Aug 082019

On November 5-10, 2019, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government will host the first ever China International Import Expo at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Supported by The World Trade Organization and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the event follows Chinese President Xi Jinping Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in order to give firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world. Government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers are welcome to participate.

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June 7, 2019: Chinese Steel Wheels Manufacturer Picks Indiana for US Production Facility

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Jun 102019


Indiana Wheel Corporation (IWC), a startup manufacturing company specializing in the production and distribution of steel wheels, announced plans today to establish operations in Marshall County, creating up to 117 new jobs over the next few years. 

“Indiana’s fiscally-predictable, pro-growth business climate and talented workforce continue to attract companies from around the world, with foreign direct investment committed to Indiana up more than 300 percent since 2016,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “We’re pleased to welcome IWC to Indiana and look forward to the company’s growth and future contributions to the Marshall County economy and community as a whole.”

The company, which is a joint venture led by China-based Jingu Company Limited (Jingu), will invest nearly $23 million to purchase, renovate and equip a 300,000-square-foot production facility at 2935 Vanvactor Drive in Plymouth. The new facility, which will undergo immediate on-site infrastructure improvements, will feature more than $14.5 million of state-of-the-art, specially-designed equipment to support IWC’s manufacturing operations for the trailer and recreational vehicle (RV) industries. Upgrades will begin this summer with production expected to start later this year.

To support its growth in north central Indiana, IWC plans to add 60 full-time employees toward its goal of 117 by the end of 2019. The company will begin by hiring for executive-level positions, skilled machinists, and operations and administrative associates. 

”With a low-cost, business-friendly environment and highly-skilled workforce, Indiana is the perfect place to launch and grow our manufacturing of steel wheels for the trailer and RV industries,” said David Saylor, president of IWC. “As we scale IWC’s operations in north central Indiana, we plan to build our customer base and exceed expectations in both quality and service. We appreciate the strong relationship established with the city, the state, and with our partners, and we look forward to growing together right here in Plymouth.”

With its investment in IWC, Jingu, which was established in 1986, will add a major U.S. location to complement its global steel wheel manufacturing operations. Jingu, a publicly-traded, tier-one supplier for leading automotive companies such as General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford Motor Company, is the largest steel wheel manufacturer in China. The company is headquartered in Fuyang City, Zhejiang Province, which has shared a sister-state relationship with Indiana for more than 30 years, promoting and encouraging economic, cultural and educational ties between the two states. 

“Marshall County and the city of Plymouth have made great strides to prepare ourselves for new business expansions, and we believe IWC will benefit from our preparation,” said Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. “We are grateful to our economic development partners who have significantly weighed in to make the project feasible. We’re thankful for the high-quality jobs and automation that this expansion will bring.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered IWC up to $1.2 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Plymouth will consider additional incentives at the June 10 meeting of the Plymouth Common Council at the request of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation. 

IWC joins a network of more than 950 foreign-owned business establishments operating in Indiana, including more than 21 China-based businesses, including SF Motors, BWI North America, Westfield Outdoors and Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum Tech.


May 15, 2019: (JP MORGAN) What Chinese Tariffs Mean for the US Economy

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May 172019
The US and China appeared to be getting close to a trade agreement until a new round of tariffs on Chinese exports was announced last week—leading to renewed worries over trade tensions that could impact US consumers and the economy.

Trade negotiations with China stalled on Friday, leading the Trump administration to impose a 25 percent tariff on approximately $200 billion of imported Chinese merchandise. The broad tariff appeared to rattle financial markets earlier this week; investors may be anxious about global supply chains, and many fear retaliatory measures that could curtail US access to the Chinese market.

The bigger picture, however, tells a more reassuring story. America’s trade deficit is hardly the crisis it’s made out to be, and its real issues with China are resolvable. Ultimately, global commerce offers too many benefits for trade relationships to be rolled back—Asia’s developing economies run massive trade imbalances today, but their growth is creating expansive new markets for US exports.

Who Really Pays Tariffs?

By definition, tariffs are taxes paid by the consumers of imported goods. The latest round of tariffs was intended to raise the price of Chinese goods on the American market, which could dampen consumer demand and hurt China’s export-focused manufacturing sector.

In the real world, however, tariffs don’t always translate directly into higher retail prices. For example, when the Trump administration placed some $35 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods last summer, the People’s Bank of China responded by devaluing the yuan by 10 percent against the US dollar. The falling exchange rate more than offset the tariffs’ effect on retail prices, and Chinese imports remained affordable for American consumers.

China’s reaction to the current round of tariffs may not follow the exact same script. But the Chinese government has displayed considerable flexibility in addressing trade barriers and preventing economic disruptions. China is committed to maintaining a steady growth trajectory, and the central government has the power to enact fiscal and monetary stimulus measures to offset the impact of new tariffs.

The Deficit Red Herring

America’s trade deficit dominates discussions of the US-China relationship, but focusing on the nations’ balance of trade is misguided. China may be the world’s second-largest economy, but its consumers are still relatively poor; Chinese GDP per capita is only 13.7 percent of the US average. It’s unrealistic to expect nations with such uneven standards of living to sustain an even flow of trade.

Despite alarming rhetoric to the contrary, the US trade deficit has actually been declining for several years. A boom in exported services has pushed the trade deficit to one-third of last decade’s heights, largely due to an influx of foreign students studying in the US. This is a natural consequence of globalization: America imports low-cost consumer merchandise from developing nations abroad and exports high-value services like tuition at world-class universities.

Although large in absolute terms, the US trade deficit with China has been stable for almost a decade, holding slightly below 2 percent of GDP. This moderate imbalance should gradually fade as the Chinese economy matures and its massive consumer market emerges.

The Long View

Ultimately, the rewards of globalization vastly outweigh its disruptions. China’s rise dislocated some sectors of the US economy as low-cost imports began to compete with domestic products on store shelves. But China is on track to become the world’s largest consumer market, and it’s already an important destination for high-end US exports. The US-China economic relationship is too important—and has the potential to generate too much wealth—to be sacrificed for short-term protectionism.

That doesn’t mean a resolution to the real issues separating the nations will come easily, or that either side will be likely to soften its stance when negotiations resume. The US has real grievances regarding intellectual property theft and forced technology transfers. But neither side would benefit from disrupting the flow of trade or reversing the integration of the global economy.

May 3, 2019: World Trade Day

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Apr 022019

May 3, 2019 | 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Alexander Hotel
333 Delaware St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

At this year’s World Trade Day, we are exploring all the ways that you can get involved in the global economy. Whether you are a small to medium sized business owner that is curious about the exporting process, or a professional interested in building a workforce for our global economy, we have a track designed for you.

For the small to medium sized business, our export sessions will cover how to:

  • Select your target international markets
  • Find customers abroad
  • Execute the export

For those interested in the global workforce, we will cover topics including:

  • Developing a workforce for a global economy
  • Hiring international talent

After the sessions are over, our keynote luncheon will provide updates on how the latest international trade developments impact Indiana.

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Apr. 26, 2019: Engaging Across Cultures

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Apr 022019


The International Center’s workshop will prepare you to succeed in engaging across cultures – whether you’re a seasoned global professional or new to intercultural interactions.
Gain valuable insight and perspective from guest speakers, experts, and staff in an interactive and educational session alongside your fellow professionals and internationalists.
Attendance is limited, so reserve your space today! 

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Apr. 14, 2019: ACSI Hosts, Signs MOU with Sichuan CCPIT

 Posted by on April 29, 2019  News  Comments Off on Apr. 14, 2019: ACSI Hosts, Signs MOU with Sichuan CCPIT
Apr 292019

On April 12-13, the America China Society of Indiana (ACSI) welcomed the Sichuan China Council on the Promotion of International Trade (Sichuan CCPIT) to a host of meetings throughout Indiana. The purpose of the visit was to: (1) serve as an advance delegation to learn more about Indiana and explore investment opportunities for its member companies in Sichuan;    (2) Identify opportunities for bilateral investment between Sichuan and Indiana; and (3) explore opportunities in the medical device, life science, hospital, information technology and agricultural industries.

The Sichuan CCPIT began their visit to Indiana by attending a business reception hosted by the ACSI focused on the business opportunities between Indiana and Sichuan Province. Attendees were then treated to a video summarizing the key industries and economic data on Sichuan Province before opening a dialogue on each company’s business interests in China. The event ended with a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between ACSI and Sichuan CCPIT to promote and cultivate business opportunities between the State and Province.

To learn more about Indiana’s competitive business climate, Sichuan CCPIT met with representatives from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, the group met with representatives from BioCrossroads and Hathaway Strategies to learn more about Indiana’s life sciences and medical device industries.

To learn more about the opportunities for Sichuan companies in central Indiana, Sichuan CCPIT met with representatives from the Indy Partnership over lunch. The group discussed the international trade opportunities between Chengdu and Indianapolis, the Indy Chamber’s Global Business Center as a platform for investment, and other central Indiana assets that can help drive growth for Sichuan companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.

To learn more about the history and impact of the Fortune 500 company, the delegation received a personal tour of Lilly’s Indianapolis Headquarters. Led by Tom Xiao, the delegation learned about Lilly’s humble beginnings, it’s deep relationship with China, and the future growth opportunities for the company both domestically and internationally.

Led by Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler, Sichuan CCPIT met with representatives of the ISDA and the Indiana Soybean Alliance to learn more about Indiana’s agriculture industry. Sichuan Province has a strong demand to import 750,000 metric tons of soybeans for use in a newly created soybean processing plant. The delegation also learned about the diversity in crops produced by Indiana and the excess capacity that is readily available for export.

Sichuan CCPIT met with executives from Boden LLC, an agricultural technology company specializing in reducing heavy metal pollutants from soil; increasing yields. The group discussed the company’s new technology, The BOLT, and the opportunities to license the technology for use in the China market.

To learn more about the opportunities for Sichuan companies in Columbus, Sichuan CCPIT met with Mayor Lienhoop and representatives from the city’s economic development board. With Cummins operating a facility in the Province, the group discussed opportunities for trade and investment in the
manufacturing industry and the new opportunities in innovation, life sciences and technology.

As part of their trip to Columbus, Sichuan CCPIT toured LHP Engineering Solutions’ downtown
automotive technology training facility and their northside technology center. Led by Michael King, President of Data Analytics Solutions, the group discussed the opportunities in IoT, data analytics, and technology industries along with LHP’s growth plans into the China market.

No trip to Indiana can be complete without a little fun! As the delegation’s last “official meeting”, the representatives from Sichuan CCPIT got to attend their first ever baseball game courtesy of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Greeted by representatives of IEDC, Boden LLC and Nanshan America, the group got to sit back and relax with America’s pastime during firefighter appreciation night.