SPRING Singapore Delegation visits ChinaSF

The morning of August 18th, ChinaSF hosted the SPRING Singapore delegation at our headquarters in downtown San Francisco.  The delegation consisted of CEOs and elected council members from various well-established trade associations that work with SPRING Singapore.  These associations included Singapore Logistics Association, Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation, Singapore Manufacturing Association, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, and International Enterprise Singapore.  Together, we had a productive talk about establishing volunteer networks and grooming volunteers to be valuable ambassadors that engage new members.  Another interesting topic we discussed was how to create initiatives that help champion small businesses.

About SPRING Singapore: SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore.

Tēo Restaurant & Bar San Francisco Grand Opening

Tēo Restaurant & Bar San Francisco Grand Opening

July 22, 2016 (San Francisco, CA) – Tēo Restaurant & Bar, the new SOMA dining spot showcasing Chinese-style Chiu Chow cuisine, has announced that they are now fully open for business. During its grand opening week, July 22 through July 29, Tēo is offering of a complimentary platter of signature dishes, plus $5.00 cocktails to guests who engage with the restaurant via social media.

 Also referred to as Tēo Chew or Chao Zhou, Chiu Chow cuisine originates in Southern China with little representation in the Bay Area. Chiu Chow cooking is known for seafood, marinated meats and soups based on fresh, quality ingredients rather than an abundance of spice. It embodies more subtle natural flavors and is considered by many to be healthier than other Chinese styles. 

Don't miss out on this delicious addition to SOMA's food scene!

Tēo Restaurant & Bar: 1111 Mission St, San Francisco - for more information, find Tēo on Facebook and Instagram, or go to TeoSF.com


Inauguration of the Chinese Enterprises Investment & Trade Service Alliance

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, ChinaSF attended an event at the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco to celebrate the inauguration of the Chinese Enterprises Investment and Trade Service Alliance (中资企业投资贸易服务联盟成立仪式). This alliance, co-founded by ChinaSF, will establish a platform to provide services to inbound Chinese capital. Consul General Luo Linquan acted as keynote speaker, with Natosha Safo (SF City Government), Yang Yihang (Economic & Commercial Counselor), Liu Chun (CCCME), Bing Wei (Bay Area Council), and Shau Zhang (EY Americas) all offering their remarks, as well. Ms. Safo reaffirmed that San Francisco is indeed “open for business”, and Ms. Zhang suggested the boundless opportunities that increased inbound investment will create. ChinaSF is proud to be a founding member of this alliance that will prove invaluable to increasing cross-border capital exchange between China and San Francisco. Many thanks to the Consulate General for generously hosting the reception!

Financial Transformation in the Information Age

On Friday July 2nd, we had the honor of partnering with the Shanghai Financial Association (上海金融联合会) to co-host Financial Transformation in the Information Age, a forum on Fintech developments in China. After introductions by Vice President Fu Fan, Deputy Secretary General of Association of Shanghai Internet Financial Industry (ASIFI) Professor Meng Tian spearheaded discussions by detailing a qualitative overview of recent Chinese Fintech developments. According to Professor Meng, China’s combined efforts in industry, internet, and finance has the potential to provide an optimal platform for Fintech developments, but still has necessary room for improvement.

Next, Pillsbury’s Marco A. Santori delivered a summary of Blockchain and Bitcoin’s development, for which he was later applauded for his succinctness. “Today,” he stated, “China controls Bitcoin mining.”  Finally, President & CEO of Shanghai Homefax Financial Information Service Co., Ms. Zhang Qi shared insights from her own business practices, sharing risk evaluation methods of her trade.

About the Shanghai Financial Association:

The Shanghai Financial Association is a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization established by Shanghai financial guilds, financial markets, large financial institutions and related service agencies governed by the Shanghai Financial Services Office and registered under the Shanghai Administration Bureau of NGOs.

The association’s mission is to carry out national strategies by strengthening horizontal cooperation and communication between the financial institutions. This is done by giving full play to integration and synergy of the entire financial sector in Shanghai, pioneer financial reform and innovation, actively promote opening up, develop a comprehensive financial market system with abundant service agencies, financial products and talents.

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Shanghai Municipal People's Congress Delegation

On June 28th, ChinaSF welcomed a delegation from the Shanghai Municipal People's Congress (上海人大) to San Francisco's City Hall. Following a special tour of the historic building, we joined Mark Chandler, Director of San Francisco's Office of International Trade and Commerce, for an exclusive conversation. Both parties emphasized the significance of the Sister City relationship between San Francisco and Shanghai started by then Mayor Dianne Feinstein, now nearly forty years ago. Director Chandler remarked at its lead role in "connecting people and building ties" between two equally dynamic and growing cities. ChinaSF is grateful for the opportunity to strengthen bonds and foster collaboration across the Pacific.

About Shanghai: Shanghai is a booming metropolis and one of Asia's most populous cities with nearly 25 million people. Known as the Paris of the Far East, it also boasts the world's largest port and is China's preeminent financial center with its Pudong District. While being one of China's most modern cities, it still maintains its traditional cultural and historical features, such as the Bund. 

SelectUSA 2016

ChinaSF was honored to attend SelectUSA's third summit alongside 5,000 other esteemed guests. Of those guests, 150 hailed from China to join the program. From June 19th - 21st, we took part in representing San Francisco and California through GO-Biz to recruit more foreign direct investment to the United States. President Obama himself stressed the importance of FDI in his speech. "In today's world, where business doesn't stop at borders and when trade is how we shape economic change to our advantage, the term global economy is redundant because the supply chain is being tied into every element of our lives." 

About SelectUSA: 

SelectUSA is a U.S. government-wide program house in the International Trade Administration at the United States Department of Commerce. Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than 19 billion USD in investment, creating and/or retaining thousands of U.S. Jobs.

With a mission to facilitate job-creating business investment into the United States and raise awareness of the critical role that FDI plays in the U.S. economy, SelectUSA helps companies of all sizes find the information they need to make decisions; connect to the right people at the local level; and navigate the federal regulatory system. SelectUSA also assists U.S. economic development organizations to compete globally for investment by providing information, a platform for international marketing, and high-level advocacy. 

CapitaLand Launches C31 Ventures:

China SF had the pleasure of partnering with Block 71 and IE Singapore in cohosting “Gateway to Asia,” with CapitaLand from Singapore.

On June 14th, CapitaLand held Gateway to Asia at Block 71. We were honored to have four executives from Capital Land attend, of which President and Group CEO Lim Ming Yan and manager Ervin Lim took to the platform to answer the critical question, “Why Asia?” As the market evolves from hardware focused to software focused, asset heavy to asset light, digital real estate will invite new opportunities for partnership across the pacific. C31 ventures was established with the aim of expediting investment in such opportunities. 

About CapitaLand

CapitaLand is one of Asia's largest real estate companies headquartered and listed in Singapore. We leverage our significant asset base, design and developement capabilities, active capital management strategies, and extensive market network and operational capabilities to develop high-quality real estate products and services. Our diversified global real estate portfolio includes integrated developments, shopping malls, serviced residences, offices and homes. Our two core markets are Singapore and China, while Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam have been identified as new growth markets. CapitaLand also has one of the largest real estate  fund management businesses with assets located in Asia. 

CapitaLand's listed real estate investment trusts (REITS) are:

  • CapitaLand Mall Trust - First and largest REIT by market capitalisation and asset size in Singapore
  • CapitaLand Commercial Trust - Singapore's first listed commercial REIT
  • Ascott Residence Trust - World's first pan-Asian serviced residence REIT
  • CapitaLand Retail China Trust – First China shopping mall REIT in Singapore
  • CapitaLand Malaysia Mall Trust - Shopping mall-focused REIT with an income- and geographically-diversified portfolio

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Bio Convention

Home to the nation’s largest biotech hub and leading research institutions, San Francisco has continued to attract Chinese investors abroad with its thriving biotech industry. Last week, we welcomed members from the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the US Consul General Guangzhou and Shanghai, and the Hong Kong Biotechnology Mission to the BIO convention. Our activities included a seminar with Fibrogen, the largest biotechnology company to move into Mission Bay since the City began to develop its biotech cluster, and a briefing of San Francisco’s Biotech industry. ChinaSF is proud to be involved with the 2016 BIO Convention and promoting biotech innovation on both sides of the Pacific.