In November, ChinaSF helped the Shanghai Lingang Economic Development Group kick off its entry into the U.S. market by unveiling the Shanghai Lingang Overseas Innovation Center at 755 Sansome Street in San Francisco. Mayor Edwin M. Lee, China Commercial Consul Yihang Yang, and Chairman of Shanghai Lingang Economic Development Group Holdings Guohua Yuanparticipated in the unveiling ceremony.
Chengdu Food Festival
On November 19th, ChinaSF partnered with the People's Government of Chengdu to host the 2016 Chengdu Culture and Food Festival at San Francisco City Hall. The Festival kicked off the Silk Road Chengdu Spirit Week, which celebrated San Francisco and Chengdu's Friendship City relationship and continued partnership. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Chengdu Vice Mayor Fu Yonglin delivered remarks, followed by a tea ceremony and face-changing performance by tradition Sichuan opera artists. World-renowned chef Martin Yan, star of the television show Yan Can Cook, and 10 master Chengdu chefs prepared a gourmet Chinese meal. Chengdu, traditionally known for its spicy food and proximity to the giant panda, is home to one of China's hottest burgeoning tech communities.
"Breaking Ground" Report Launch
ChinaSF, in conjunction with Asia Society and the Rosen Consulting Group, partnered on the first comprehensive report focused on Chinese foreign direct investment in real estate: "Breaking Ground: Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate". The report aims to help policy makers, business leaders, and the U.S. general public make sense of the recent boom of Chinese capital flowing into U.S. real estate, and its impact on regional economies, local job markets, and even national security. This landmark study received significant media attention, including references in the Financial Times, Forbes, POLITICO, Reuters, Yahoo! Finance, WNYC, among others.
ChinaSF partnered on the report's U.S. launch events in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., and its China launch events in Shanghai and Shenzhen, where Darlene Chiu Bryant attended to discuss the report's findings.
Various China Events
ChinaSF co-hosted and partnered on many events in China this year.
In April, ChinaSF held a roundtable discussion at East West Bank to discuss venture capital funding in the Bay Area. Over 20 companies attended the event.
In June, the ChinaSF South China representative, Hannah Sieber, spoke about the role of co-working and incubation spaces at a China Real Estate Professional Association (REPA). The event, attended by over 100 companies, was focused on the role of commercial real estate in supporting growth in the technology industry.
In November, ChinaSF's Shanghai representative, Alex Moss, spoke at the TechCode Al Forum in Beijing. Alex discussed the San Francisco municipal government's approach to supporting the local tech community with mayors of Silicon Valley cities and Chinese municipal government officials in front of an audience of 200. Just a few years old, TechCode is one of China's fastest-growing incubation networks with 12 incubators across five countries.
China SF also partnered with Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) on a research paper focused on trade and intellectual property in China. The two organizations will be conducting research regarding China-US business and trade policy and the business lobbying of companies in China on free trade agreement (FTA) negotiation. In June, ChinaSF supported a delegation of students and professors to Beijing and Shenzhen and facilitated meetings with key companies and government agencies to enhance their research.
ChinaSF Staff Additions
In August, ChinaSF brought on a new Program Manager for its Shanghai office, Alex Moss. A native of Piedmont, Alex was a summer intern for ChinaSF and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.