Dept of Commerce Briefs MWCA on 2013 S&ED

Dept of Commerce Briefs MWCA on 2013 S&ED

Last week, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the U.S. Department of Commerce briefed MWCA members on strategic outcomes from the 5th annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C.   Asst. Secretary Craig Allen sorted through the fifteen page economic dialogue fact sheet and highlighted new areas of economic cooperation and opportunity.  He addressed specific member questions pertaining to the effectiveness of EB-5 economic zones, increased leverage for Midwest based virtual education in China, and best-practice opportunities in the Chinese construction industry.

Each year, the United States and China hold in-depth discussions on major bilateral, regional, and global issues and recommitted to the S&ED’s role in deepening strategic trust and expanding practical cooperation to build a new model of relations between the two nations.  The 2013 S&ED was led by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Vice Premier Wang Yang.  These discussions, attended by leaders from seventeen U.S. government agencies and all key Chinese economic ministries, yielded real progress in addressing investment barriers, leveling the playing field, and strengthening intellectual property protection for U.S. companies.

Read the entire fifteen page fact sheet here: 07112013 SED V JOINT FACT SHEET

Chinese, Midwest youth exchange a success

Chinese, Midwest youth exchange a success

MWCA Chairman, Governor Bob Holden reflects on the broader impact of this summer’s ground-breaking youth exchange in a recent Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

This June, the US-China Youth Leadership Exchange under the direction of the Midwest US-China Association, afforded 36 young Chinese men and women from 11 different provinces and municipalities across China the opportunity to immerse themselves in a decidedly American experience, alongside some of Missouri’s highest achieving students.

MWCA Chairman, Gov. Bob Holden shared with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “At the core of these youth leadership programs is the fundamental belief that the individual has the power to change the world, no matter their background or station in life. Amazing things happen then, when one has the opportunity to gather such forward thinkers together, with hearts and minds that possess a collective desire to rise to their own level of leadership. I am tremendously proud to have been involved in such a convening.”

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