Colin Renk

July 6, 2020: ACSI Announces New Officers; Board Member

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Jul 062020

ACSI’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce its new Officers and Executive Committee for 2020-2022. Naomi Kwang (Barnes & Thornburg) has been nominated and confirmed as Board Chair with Andrea Richter-Garry (Indiana Economic Development Corporation) as Board Vice Chair. Brian Gildea (Centerpoint Energy) and Shen Liu Macheel (LHP) will both serve a second term as Board Treasurer and Secretary, respectively, with Harrison Ding (MLS/HiElites) rounding out the Committee as Past Chair.

The ACSI Board also confirmed the addition of Dr. Wendy Leutert (Indiana University) to it’s Board of Directors. Dr. Leutert currently serves as the GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese Economics and Trade at IU’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and was recently named a China Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

June 1, 2020: ACSI Board Member Publishes Book on Operations Management in China

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Jul 062020

Successful operations and supply chain managers understand manufacturing in China. Dr. Craig Seidelson‘s book takes readers inside Chinese organizations and shows how factories are built, labor is managed, goods are sourced, quality is controlled, and logistics are handled. Through this immersion experience, readers are able to see the opportunities and pitfalls manufacturing in China.

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May 5, 2020: Local Outdoor Wholesaler & Chinese Exporter Donate 100,000+ PPEs to Indiana

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May 052020

Westfield Outdoors, a wholesaler of outdoor furniture and equipment, and China-based exporter Zhejiang Hengfeng Top Leisure have recently donated 100,000 surgical masks and 5,000 isolation suits to the state of Indiana for coronavirus relief efforts.

“The many healthcare workers in Indiana who risk their own lives to combat COVID-19 and save Hoosier lives are the true heroes,” said Charlie Cai, CEO of Westfield Outdoors. “As a Hoosier and Indiana-based company, we want to do our part in protecting our doctors, nurses, and medical professionals.”

Indiana-based Westfield Outdoors provides top-quality outdoor gear in the North American market with private labels as well as Timber Ridge, Portal, Glacier Ridge, Elevate and Old Bahama Bay which are sold at retailers including Costco, Walmart, Target, Bass Pro Shops, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Zhejiang-based Hengfeng is one of the largest exporters of outdoor leisure products and partnered with Westfield Outdoors to source the PPE donation.

“Indiana is a sister-state to Zhejiang and it’s important to care for your sisters and brothers from afar,” said Ben Yang, CEO of Zhejiang Hengfeng Top Leisure. “We’re happy to contribute this care package and pray for the health and safety of all Hoosiers.”
Last September, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb visited Hangzhou & Zhejiang as part of his first state visit to China. During his visit, Governor Holcomb renewed Indiana’s sister-state agreement with Zhejiang Province, toured Hengfeng’s production facility and met with executives from Zimmer Biomet China and Alibaba Group.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have wonderful partners like Ben and Charlie whose kindness and generosity know no boundaries,” said Colin Renk, executive director of the America China Society of Indiana.

Apr. 21, 2020: Non-Profit Coalition Launches Fund, donates 18,000 Masks for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

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The COVID-19 Emergency Fund, managed and planned by a coalition of seven local Chinese-American non-profits, has raised $12,985 to supply frontline medical workers with PPEs throughout central Indiana.

The coalition, which also solicited donated supplies, has already purchased and provided more than 18,000 face masks, 3,500 disposable gloves, 1,000 face shields, and additional medical supplies to 38 organizations including: Ascension St. Vincent, Columbus Regional Health, Community Health Network, Eskenazi Health, Hendricks Regional Hospital, IU Health, Methodist Hospital, Rosewalk Assisted Living, Whitestown Fire Department, and Zionsville Police Department.

“It is our social responsibility to give back to our community and to help out any way we can,” said Yuhua Hui, president of Children’s Eyes on the Globe. “We, the Chinese-American community, think of Indiana as our home.”

The Fund’s coalition partners include: America China Society of Indiana, Asian American Today, Children’s Eyes on the Globe, Chinese American Bridge, Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc. (ICCCI), Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts, Inc. and the Indianapolis-Hangzhou Sister City Committee.

“Through our connections back in China, we were able to procure much needed medical supplies and get them into the hands of frontline medical workers in Indiana,” said Quanbo Xiong, president of ICCCI.

2020 Chinese Trade Shows & Exhibitions

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Nov 052019

Mar. 23: 102nd China Food & Drinks Fair (Chengdu)
May 18: International Business Conference (Hebei)
May 21: 7th Chengdu International Automotive Trade Fair (Chengdu)
May 21: 5th China Smart Industry International Expo (Chengdu)
June: Zhejiang Investment & Trade Symposium (Hangzhou)
June: International Intelligent Manufacturing Symposium (Hangzhou)
Sept: Western China International Fair (Chengdu)

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Feb. 20, 2020: New Year Networking at Tastings

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Jan 082020

Join the America China Society of Indiana (ACSI), The International Center and the Indiana India Business Council (IIBC) for a New Year Networking reception at
Tastings – A Wine Experience. As a thank you to our members, attendees will be treated with a pre-loaded card for wine & cocktails along with light appetizers.

Tastings – A Wine Experience
50 West Washington Street
4:00pm – 7:00pm

ACSI Members: Free
Non-Members: $40


Note: Limit two attendees per organization.


Jan. 15, 2020: Phase One of U.S.-China Trade Agreement Signed

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Jan 152020

At a ceremony in Washington D.C., President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He signed the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. In front of an audience of more than 200 government and business leaders, President Trump lauded the deal as a “sea change for international trade” which will bring a “more stable peace throughout the world”.

Details of Phase One Agreement

China will import more than $200 billion of American goods over two years including:

$50 billion on agricultural goods
$75 billion on manufacturing goods
$50 billion on energy purchases
$40+ billion on services mostly in the financial sector

Additionally, the deal includes provisions that address intellectual property enforcement, forced technology transfer, and currency devaluation standards and restrictions.

Tariffs Remain… for now

According to President Trump, U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods will continue throughout the Phase One agreement citing the need for negotiating leverage. The President expects all tariffs to be removed under a Phase Two deal, which will be negotiated soon.

Stay connected with us as more details are announced!

Dec. 3, 2019: Creating a Winning China Strategy

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Nov 062019

On Dec. 3rd, a panel of experts will discuss balancing risk and reward in current and future China business including US-China trade tensions, strategic implications, alternatives to sourcing, and practical approaches to mitigate risk.

Purdue Technology Center
Crown Point, Indiana
8:00am – 10:30am

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Nov. 18, 2019: CHINA Town Hall

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Aug 012019

On November 18, 2019, the University of Indianapolis will host a local conversation of the National Committee on US-China Relations’ China Town Hall. With support of IU’s East Asian Studies Center, Taft, and the America China Society of Indiana, the Town Hall centers on today’s political climate and how it warrants community discussions on the Sino-American relationship and the issues that are having an affect on us, our businesses, our educational institutions, and more. Nationally moderated by George Stephanopoulos with the three speakers below, the local discussion will be led by Russell Menyhart (Taft Stettinius & Hollister) and Professor Millind Thakar (University of Indianapolis).

November 18, 2019
5:30pm – 7:30pm
University of Indianapolis
Schwitzer Student Center, Hall B