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3rd Annual Conference on U.S.-China Subnational Relations

July 10, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Expand Your Knowledge of the US-China Subnational Relationship

Join us this July in Washington D.C and discover your collaboration potential

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Location: George Washington University Marvin Center, Room 309

July 10th Take part in our workshops led by some of the speakers listed below, including former governors, industry leaders, experts in the field, and others in the subnational level of the US-China relationship.       Download the agenda of our speakers and workshops here

Need more information?  POC: Carson Tavenner  301-367-8969  carson@taiinitiative.org

boholdenOur Speakers and Workshops

8:50am Keynote Address: “Getting Our Cities to Work- Together”

 Governor Bob Holden – President, Mid-West China Association and Former Missouri  Governor. Bio




EcoPartnershipspanelEcoPartnerships Panel (2 halves, 9:15am & 1:00pm)

1st half: Program Overview and Introduction to Participating Organizations
2nd half: Transitioning from Pilot Projects to Large Scale Deployment

  • Moderator: Brian Holuj – International Science & Technology Specialist
  • Panelists:
    Thomas Peterson – Founder, President, and CEO of the Center for Climate Strategies  Bio
    Dr. Timothy Filley – Professor at Purdue University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences  Bio.
    Dr. Terry Cooke – Chairman & Founding Director at the China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia; Senior Fellow Foreign Policy Research Institute; Former Foreign Service Officer Bio. 

Prelude to the workshop: Watch our 25-min. broadcast with Dr. Terry Cooke on subnational actors

EcoPartnerships is the premier initiative for sub-national organizations from the U.S. and China to demonstrate breakthrough energy, environmental, and climate change solutions.  Businesses, universities, localities and non-profits are often the best laboratories for testing new approaches, yet transitioning promising concepts to market-viable solutions is often insurmountable.  Recognizing this opportunity, the U.S. Department of State and China National Development and Reform Commission established the EcoPartnerships program in 2008, and it has grown significantly over the years. 

Session 2 will respond to audience-generated topics from the intervening networking period and address practical issues affecting the implementation of long-term American-Chinese cooperation on the environment



“Introduction to SelectUSA Committee Shanghai”

   Paul Swenson – Director of the InvestUSA Committee Shanghai, Founder of The China Hand Consulting Co, Ltd.  Bio.

At the recent SelectUSA Summit, Paul Swenson was chosen to lead the InvestUSA Committee work in China;
here he will introduce for the first time in public his vision of what is possible to achieve with
China’s new experimentation with public-private partnerships in the coming years


“Trust Building Measures of Success: A Conversation with David Firestein & Dr. Kevin Stringer”

David J. Firestein – EastWest Institute, Vice President for the Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy  Bio.
Dr. Kevin D. Stringer – Professor; Fellow, Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations  Bio.

 As cities become ever-more important and influential to U.S.-China citizen diplomatic efforts, what best practices from this field should be clearly identified, encouraged and supported?



Sasha Koo-oshima“Opportunities in Environment Water Technologies as China Strives for Clean Water with EPA”

Sasha Koo-oshima – Senior International Water Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency; Co-Lead on the U.S.-China Clean Water Action Plan

This speech will deliver information describing how synergistic programs between the EPA and U.S. Dept. of Commerce are promoting exports in clean water technologies



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“China Investment Opportunities and Challenges in the Greater Washington Region”

Bill Black – President, Greater Washington China Investment Center
John McKiel – Senior International Investment Specialist, SelectUSA (China)

This interactive dialogue will complement the Session 1 presentation on SelectUSA by focusing on the practical issues of how the Greater Washington regional business community is affected by local and national opportunities and challenges for Chinese investment to the U.S.



“State-Level Export Best Practices”

Peter Thornton – Peter Thornton, North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Director of International Trade
Speaker – Representative of the Pennsylvania Department for Community and Economic Development

This interactive event will provide the knowledge and experience of the two speakers as a platform from which to also share experiences of attendees


DSC_017601“Understanding Shenzhen: City Villages Key to Strength”

Li Jinkui – Senior Research Fellow, China Development Institute

Li Jinkui will address the characteristics of Shenzhen’s urbanization and how China is preparing for an innovative future by experimenting with new concepts at the city level


Ralph Winnie headshot crop“Improving Your Business Engagement in China”

Ralph Winnie – The Eurasian Center

Mr. Winnie will speak from his experience as the General Counsel and Director of Business Development on his recent experiences setting up American-Chinese business deals.




“Global Pro Bono: Helping Businesses Catalyze Growth in Emerging Markets”

Matt Clark – Center for Citizen Diplomacy, PYXERA Global Bio.

 In this workshop, PYXERA Global – home of the Center for Citizen Diplomacy – will demonstrate how American corporations benefit from adding a pro bono element to their corporate activities in China


Reta Jo LewisWith Recognition and Thanks also to our Special Delegation July 9 Dinner Speaker

“Why Global Engagement at the State and Local Level is Important for the Future of U.S. – China Diplomatic Relations”

Reta Jo Lewis – Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives

Lodging is at the One Washington Circle hotel; only a few minutes’ walk from the conference site and rooms are still available reserved for the conference.  If you stay at this hotel, we will provide free shuttle service from (and to) your airport on Thursday night and Saturday morning!  Click here to go directly to room reservations.  You may call 800-424-9671 and reference block #1284710.  For questions, write krichardson@modushotelsdc.com


Need more information?  POC: Carson Tavenner  301-367-8969  carson@taiinitiative.org


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July 10, 2015
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW
Washington, 20052
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