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As US-China Ties Fray, Indiana Firms Seek to Keep Trade Flowing

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May 032021
 

Fifty states, fifty stories of trade relations with China. What distinguishes these stories from the national narrative, which is increasingly marked by wariness and even hostility toward China, is a pragmatic desire to keep trade flowing, preferably growing, while the federal government figures out the meaning of terms like “strategic competitors.”

States are the terrain where rubber meets the road when it comes to trade policy. Get the trade policy right, and state economies benefit. Getting it wrong means job and tax revenue losses. For example, according to a recent study commissioned by US-China Business Council, trade with China supports 1.9 million US jobs. In 2018, the most recent year data are available, there were at least 200,000 fewer US jobs because of the trade conflict with China. Government officials and businesspeople are left to wonder: Will trade continue to shrink into a shadow of its former self, or will it somehow expand to new heights in the years to come?

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Asian American Hoosiers, Allies Rally Against Anti-Asian violence

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May 032021
 

On March 27th, a coalition of Asian-American organizations including the Indianapolis Chinese Community Center Inc., the Asian American Alliance Inc., the America China Society of Indiana, the Korean American Association of Indiana, the Burmese American Community Institute, and the Asian American Association at Indiana University rallied against Anti-Asian violence on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

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ACSI Receives Awards from Local Community Center

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Apr 052021
 

 

On February 13th, the Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc. (ICCCI) celebrated their 25th anniversary and awarded the America China Society of Indiana the Collaboration Partner Award! Additionally, ACSI Board Member Weilin Long and retired ACSI Board Member Joe Xu were recognized for their Outstanding Community Service with ACSI Executive Director Colin Renk awarded the Friend of ICCCI Award.


ACSI Signs MOU Agreement with US-China Business Council

 Posted by on February 1, 2021  News  Comments Off on ACSI Signs MOU Agreement with US-China Business Council
Feb 012021
 

ACSI is delighted to announce a comprehensive MOU partnership with the US-China Business Council (USCBC). As part of the agreement, both organizations will collaborate on case studies, engagement, research, and other projects to support business and trade exchanges between Indiana and China. Additionally, the USCBC will provide quarterly updates to ACSI Members on the latest business and policy activity from Washington D.C.

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Nov. 19, 2020: ACSI Hosts China Business Conference Online

 Posted by on January 21, 2021  News  Comments Off on Nov. 19, 2020: ACSI Hosts China Business Conference Online
Jan 212021
 


On November 19th, ACSI hosted its fifth annual China Business Conference on an online platform which included virtual exhibition booths, B2B program, and interactive livestream. The half-day event, which hosted more than 190 business and government leaders, focused on the changing business  dynamic between the U.S. and China and how Indiana businesses can cope with trade uncertainties. Presentations included Chinese Business Perspective on the Trade War, Exporting in the COVID-era Panel Discussion, Indiana-to-China Case Study: LHP Engineering Solutions, Trade & Tariff Considerations for U.S. Companies, Policy Roundtable—Recommendations for the Next Administration, Immigration, Visas & Global Mobility, and the Future of International Students in U.S.
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July 14, 2020: Chinese Sister State Donates 100,000 Masks for Coronavirus Relief

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Jul 142020
 

 

The Provincial Government of Zhejiang, China has recently donated 100,000 medical masks to support coronavirus response and recovery efforts throughout the state of Indiana.

“It has been incredible to see Indiana companies and partners from across the world shifting gears to help support our health care providers on the frontline,” said Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “We are grateful for the friendship Indiana has cultivated with Zhejiang Province over the last 30-plus years and for their continued partnership during these unprecedented times.”

The face masks were delivered to the State of Indiana for distribution to Indiana’s hospitals, first responders, long-term care facilities and health care providers treating COVID-19 patients. This donation was facilitated by the America China Society of Indiana, which served as the importer on record and intermediary for the shipment. Additional regulatory and customs support were provided by Livingston International.

Since 1987, the state of Indiana has maintained a sister-state relationship with Zhejiang Province. Last September, Governor Eric J. Holcomb made his first official state visit to Zhejiang, traveling with Indiana Secretary of Commerce Schellinger and representatives of the American China Society of Indiana. While there, the delegation visited Hoosier and Chinese businesses and joined provincial officials from Zhejiang Province to renew the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state relationship, celebrating the economic, cultural and educational connections shared between the two states.

“As our state continues to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus, this generous donation by the people of Zhejiang is welcome and truly appreciated,” said Colin Renk, executive director of the America China Society of Indiana. “It is during times of adversity that true friends are formed.”

This donation represents the sixth major PPE donation to the state of Indiana and its local communities by Chinese partners. Earlier this year, Westfield Outdoors, Faegre Drinker Shanghai Office and Shenzhen Diecasting Mold donated more than 105,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks, gloves and gowns, to the state of Indiana. Additionally, the city of Hangzhou donated 10,000 medical masks to the city of Indianapolis; and the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, a capital campaign administered by coalition of seven Chinese-American non-profits throughout central Indiana, donated 22,500 PPEs to central Indiana hospital systems and medical centers.

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.