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BEIJING  — On [Mar. 21] specialists convened at the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) for the China launch of a joint World Bank-United Nations report showing how preventive measures can lower vulnerability to natural hazards such as earthquakes, storms, floods and droughts. Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: the Economics of Effective Prevention, first released last November, estimates that the number of people exposed to storms and earthquakes in large cities could double to 1.5 billion by 2050.

Op-Ed Commentary by Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Feb. 10 – The issue over obtaining China visas is a perennial question, and China itself is not always consistent in regard to the application guidelines for foreigners wishing to travel to the country on business. In particular, for businessmen, there is often confusion over which of the two pertinent visa types should be applied for.

Chinese Consul General makes
his inaugural visit to Minnesota

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

Newly appointed Consul General Yang Guoqiang for the Consulate General of the People’s Republic China in Chicago recently visited with representatives of the Chinese community in Minnesota at a meeting organized by community leader, Vincent Mar.  Making his first visit to Minnesota, Consul General Yang traveled with his wife along with several other staff Consul members based at the Consulate in Chicago.

In his opening remarks to the gathering, Consul General Yang stated that he was pleased to be visiting Minnesota since it is one of the nine states that his consulate covers which also includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.  He noted that during recent times there have been many meaningful contacts between China and the midwest region of the United States.  Thus he states, “My consulate is committed to further promoting cooperation and exchanges between the two sides in various fields, protecting the legal rights of Chinese citizens in the consular districts and providing consular services related to passport, visa, notary public and authentification to both local Chinese and non-Chinese people.”

The meeting continued as an open forum with the group interacting in round robin fashion discussing a variety of topics with Consul General Yang that ranged from education, business and culture.  Several members of the group asked how the Consulate could help to establish relationships between local professionals that could provide their services to businesses in China.  He responded by stating that anyone can send requests regarding any specific ideas or project directly to the Consulate thru the appropriate channels.

One topic that was of mutual interest to the group was the desire to have visa officers come to the Twin Cities to handle Chinese passport renewals as was arranged by CAAM several years ago.  Consul General Yang said he would look into accommodating the wish for such a service and after the meeting, indicated to Vincent Mar that this could take place as soon as October, 2010.

At a separate meeting during this trip, Consul General Yang also met with the Board
of Directors of U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association-Minnesota Chapter.  During this meeting Board Member Linda Mealey-Lohmann introduced Consul General Yang to two proposed Chinese garden projects involving resources from the Minneapolis-Harbin and Changsha-St. Paul sister relationships


Consul General Yang was born in Shanghai in 1954 where he received most of his education and spent most of his career in various business and government positions except from 1992-1996 when he lived in Los Angeles while he represented several state-owned businesses. He attended EMBA China-Euro International Business School from 2002-2004 and earned an MBA degree and from 2005-2008 attended EMBA, Shanghai National Accounting Institute and W. P. Carey Business School of ASU, with an MBA degree.

Addition information about The Consulate General of the P.R. China in Chicago can be found at http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/.

China’s top political advisory body, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), held its annual session last month in Beijing.  This was the third annual session of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the 11th CPPCC.

The CPPCC's main functions are to hold political consultations, exercise democratic supervision and participate in the discussions and the handling of State affairs. Political consultation covers major principles and policies proposed by the central and local governments and matters of political, economic, cultural and social importance.
Both CPPCC and NPC plenary sessions are often called the Liangui (The Two Meetings), making important national-level political decisions.

November 17, 2009 
Beijing, China 
 
At the invitation of President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, President Barack Obama of the United States of America [paid] a state visit to China from November 15–18, 2009.  The Presidents held in-depth, productive and candid discussions on U.S.-China relations and other issues of mutual interest.  They highlighted the substantial progress in U.S.-China relations over the past 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, and they reached agreement to advance U.S.-China relations in the new era.  President Obama [had] separate meetings with Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and Premier Wen Jiabao. President Obama also spoke with and answered questions from Chinese youth. 

By Stephanie Ho

Beijing
28 September 2009

As China marks the 60th anniversary of the communist state on October 1, it celebrates the realization of some significant goals, such as improved living standards for many of the country's more than one billion people. But challenges remain, such as the Chinese Communists' early vision of democracy.

By Wu Na

When the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, the U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson commented that Chinese dynasties had all come to grief over their failure to solve the food problem, and the Communist regime would be no different. According to John Leighton Stuart, before 1949, 3-7 million Chinese people died of hunger each year. Providing enough food for 550 million people was the key question faced by new China.

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