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Feb. 1, 2021: ACSI Signs MOU Agreement with US-China Business Council

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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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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!