On May 17th, ChinaSF joined the Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, Mayor Zhang Xinqi of Qingdao, and Consul General Luo Linquan at the QingdaoSF Economic & Trade Forum to highlight the growing relationship of San Francisco and Qingdao since the two cities entered into an economic partnership in 2013.

Speaking about San Francisco as the gateway not only to Asia, but also to innovation, Mayor Ed Lee remarked, “It is in my opinion, our responsibility to share the innovation that we have going on and make sure that we can work with countries such as China through cities like Qingdao to promote innovation around the world.”

Followed by the official speeches was a ceremony that took place to celebrate the establishment of the first Qingdao Center for Business & Commerce branch in the US. Our Executive Director, Darlene Chiu Bryant, signed an MOU with Qingdao, marking a new milestone of the Qingdao-San Francisco relationship. 

The fruitful program ended with a networking dinner reception with business leaders from Qingdao's top 18 companies and local influential business representatives from San Francisco including those from companies such as Panoramic Interests, East West Bank, Nixon Peabody, and many more. 

Over 100 attendees enjoyed the evening mingling away about the sunshine in Qingdao and San Francisco, our common interests in good beer, and the latest Chinese FDI news at the Presidio Ballroom Sheraton Hotel at Fisherman's Wharf. 

The event was cohosted by ChinaSF, Qingdao Bureau of Commerce and the Qingdao Center for Business and Commerce.

We thank the Mayor of Qingdao for bringing over his delegation and for engaging in a productive dialogue focused on cooperation between the coastal cities of Qingdao and San Francisco! 

About Qingdao

Qingdao is a sub-provincial city located in eastern China’s Shandong province known for being home to leading companies such as Tsingtao Brewery and Haier. In 2014, Qingdao exhibited an 8% GDP growth with a strategic emerging industry growth of 20.5%. As one of China’s first coastal cities to open up in the beginning of the 1980’s, Qingdao is an important player in international trade. The Port of Qingdao is ranked as the world’s seventh largest port. Qingdao has also been selected consecutively as one of the “top ten most attractive cities for foreign talent” and “one of the best commercial cities in mainland China” (Forbes).