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Weekly US-China News Issues: April 26th, 2016


Apple revenue falls for first time since 2003 – BBC

Alibaba Financial Affiliate Raises $4.5 Billion – The New York Times

Facebook’s ad chief: Let’s rethink STEM – CNN

ICBC rolls out first US credit card – China Daily


Internet Of Things Is The Future For The Web – Alizila

China ‘Taobao Village’ warmed by winter coat business – China Daily to Report First Quarter 2016 Financial Results on May 9, 2016 – Yahoo

Simon Says: ‘Malls Far From Extinct, Safe From E-Commerce For Now’ – Forbes

Food & Ag

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. sued over synthetic baby food ingredients – Fox News

Junk food is fattening rural Chinese children: study – Yahoo


Goldman Sachs Now Offering Online Banking for the 99 Percent – NBC

Exclusive: SWIFT warns customers of multiple cyber fraud cases – Reuters

Real Estate

Chinese Expand Global Property Buying – Voice of America

Wanda Says Investors Could Triple Investment After Domestic China Relisting – The Wall Street Journal

China Business Insight

Internet Of Things Is The Future For The Web – Alizila


California Center reachs strategic partnership with OUJIAN, a Chinese leading cross-border business company


April 25th, 2016 ( Sacramento, CA) –  California Center today reached strategic partnership and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)  with Shanghai OuJian Network Development Co., Ltd. (OUJIAN)  mainly on cross-border trading and eCommerce, international logistics, and Customs Clearance. The partnership will provide California Center members and suppliers with more resources and channels to enter into China market.

Headquartered at Yangpu District of Shanghai, OUJIAN is a leading cross-border business company in China, whose services include: customs declaration, freight forwarding, trading, finance, storage and transportation, and others, as well as its e-commerce platform YunMaoTong (


Xinhai Customs Brokerage Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of OUJIAN, has been the top Customs broker in China for the past 8 years, and is the current vice chair company of China Customs Brokers Association.

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Margaret Wong ( Left) – the Founder and CEO of California Center ; Jizhong Ge ( Right) – the President of OUJIAN and Managing Director of International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA)


The California Center is proud to be a supporting partner of the U.S. Smart Cities Alliance 2016 “Follow-On” Trade Mission to China

The California Center is proud to be a supporting partner of the U.S. Smart Cities Alliance 2016 “Follow-On” Trade Mission to China!


A Special Message from the U.S. State Department about the 2016 U.S./China Climate-Smart / Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing:


We are delighted to announce that the 2016 U.S.-China Climate-Smart / Low-Carbon Cities Summit will take place in Beijing on June 7-8.  The Summit is an extraordinary opportunity for U.S. and Chinese state and local government, civil society, and private sector leaders to share experiences in building low-carbon, climate-resilient communities.  This major event demonstrates the ongoing strength of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship on climate change, as well as our two countries’ shared commitment to climate action following the successful Paris Agreement.

Highlights of last year’s summit, held in Los Angeles, included keynote addresses by U.S. Vice President Biden and China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi; the signing by 24 state and local leaders of a first-of-its-kind “U.S.-China Climate Leaders Declaration”; attendance by over 500 people at six “breakout sessions” on low carbon city planning and implementation; and the launch of the “Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities” – Chinese cities committing to peak CO2 emissions earlier than China’s national goal of 2030.  A White House Fact Sheet summarizing last year’s summit is available here.

As in 2015, this year’s Summit will feature several high-level plenaries as well as a series of thematic breakout sessions, interspersed with key opportunities for networking with federal and sub-national government attendees and other civil society and private sector leaders.  It will also serve as a public platform for the announcement of new climate-related commitments and partnerships, which we strongly urge you to consider putting forward.  Finally, there will be a parallel low-carbon exhibition ongoing throughout the Summit.  More details about the program, and specific opportunities for participation, are forthcoming.

We hope that you will mark your calendars to join us, and leverage this opportunity to highlight your organization’s commitment to climate action on an international stage.  If you have any comments or questions, please contact me or my colleague, Emily Seen, at


Vance Wagner

David Vance Wagner
China Counsellor
Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change
U.S. Department of State

202-647-9678 (office)
202-341-4983 (mobile)

See below for more details on this unique trade mission and summit tailored specifically for U.S. leaders in clean, green and smart technologies.


Follow-On to “China Clean Technology – Business Development Mission” from April 2015 

Expand Your Business Opportunity in China!

About the Mission

This trade mission from June 6- June 12th will be a follow-on Trade Mission by the private sector to the April, 2015 Trade Mission led by the U.S. Department of  Energy and U.S. Department of Commerce (designated as official Presidential Trade Mission), which focused on assisting in identifying potential partners and strategies for U.S. companies in target clean energy sectors.  The companies involved have identified specific smart city/clean energy projects that have great potential for U.S. involvement and will be leading visits to those project sites located in Chengdu (Sichuan Province) and  participating in the 2nd Annual U.S./China Climate Leaders Summit in Beijing featuring top leaders from the U.S. and China (Last year’s event featured keynotes from Vice President Joe Biden).  Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Mission Goals

This trade mission will continue to build on U.S. commitment to sustaining economic partnerships in China and supporting the business development goals of U.S. firms by exploring potential collaboration and demonstration projects, and to create a foundation for future business in China for U.S. companies.

Industry Focus

– Clean/Green Energy

– Smart City Technologies

To Join the Delegation,  Please click the following link and fill out the forms:


Tentative Itinerary

*Subject to Changes

Monday, June 6  2016                                               

– Participants arrive in Beijing

Tuesday, June 7 2016

– Participate in 2nd Annual U.S./China Climate Leaders Summit

– Team display booth options available

Wednesday, June 8 2016

– Participate in 2nd Annual U.S./China Climate Leaders Summit

– Private team meetings with high-level U.S./China officials on smart city planning

Thursday, June 9 2016  

– Depart for Chengdu

– Tour local sights/Panda Experience

– Evening reception/tour Chengdu city nightscape

Friday, June 10 2016

– Embassy briefing on programs to support smart city/infrastructure in China

– Government meetings – Party Secretary of Sichuan Province

– Tour of Chengdu development area/high-tech zone

– Special presentation by USSCA team to Sichuan officials showcasing U.S. technologies

Saturday, June 11 2016

– Tour Tianfu New Area, U.S. Smart City Project site

– Explore existing foreign development sites

– Tour Meishan new development area

– Dinner with government leaders of Sichuan Province

Sunday, June 12 2016

– Return to United States on own itinerary

All size Companies (Small, Medium, Large)                           $4,900/person

*Includes flight from Beijing to Chengdu, hotel accommodations, meals, all ground transportation

For more information on how your company may qualify as a participant for this special trade mission, please contact:

Gordon Hinkle

Tel: 916-371-6886 ext. 30


* This trip is being organized by the U.S. Smart Cities Alliance and California Center in partnership with several U.S. private sector companies and supported by several U.S. Government Departments

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Weekly US-China News Issues: April 19th, 2016


LeEco rolls out tech breakthroughs – China Daily

Shanghai Disney Resort unveils special local menu – China Daily

Starbucks cafe sales growth falls short, shares fall – Reuters

Alphabet earnings: $7.50 per share, vs expected EPS of $7.97 – CNBC


China’s Consumers Will Keep Spending – Alizila

Local food manufacturers get help to break into China e-commerce market – Channel NewsAsia

3 Ways the Ecommerce Model is Driving Profitability – Entrepreneur

Food & Ag

China’s top legislator highlights food safety – XinHua News

More Than 13,000 People Are on the Waitlist for This Tiny Pop-up London Restaurant Where You Can Eat Naked – Entrepreneur


What a Brexit could mean for US banks – CNBC

Real Estate

Real estate markets for the richest 1% are “leveling off” – Yahoo

China’s real estate profits up 17% in 2015 – CCTV

China Business Insight

Why Hollywood And Italy Are Doing Movie Deals With Alibaba – Alizila


Weekly US-China News Issues: April 12th, 2016


China helps drive global movie earnings to record – China Daily

Why is Kobe Bryant a valuable brand for business? – China Daily

Google wants to beam wireless internet to your home – CNBC

Fitbit Counts on Design to Set It Apart From Other Trackers – Bloomberg 


Alibaba Invests $1 Billion In Leading SE Asia E-Commerce Site Lazada – Alizila

Tmall Plugs Appliances As China’s Homes Get Smart – Alizila

Alibaba Joins Anti-Counterfeit Group as First E-Commerce Member – Bloomberg 

Some Online Bargains May only look like one – The New York Times

Food & Ag

Weekly US-China News Issues: April 5th, 2016


China’s Anbang abandons its $14 billion bid to acquire Starwood  – The Washington Post

Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming in basketball Hall of Fame – China Daily

Where Apple turns for growth with iPhone stalling – CNBC

‘Batman v Superman’ still dominates China’s box office – China Daily


How Foreign Brands Can Find Fortune In China Right Now – Alizila

Clothing Led E-Commerce Spending for the First Time in 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Alibaba Pictures Part 4: Cross-Media Merchandising – Alizila

Amazon Doubles Down on Dash – Ecommerce Times

Food & Ag

McDonalds To Unleash Their Enormous Giga Big Mac Burger In Japan – FOODBEAST

Starbucks Brings Back One of Your Fave Frappuccinos for This Week Only – Delish


Wells Fargo to Pay $81.6 Million to Bankrupt Homeowners – Daily Finance

Real Estate

Chinese Developers Aim to Expand in Canada – The Wall Street Journal

Why you should have bought a home last year – CNBC

Chinese Business Insight

China Will Completely Dominate Global E-Commerce – Alizila