WA and China News-in-Pics

(A selection of news-in-pics, 2017)

UW Tacoma Chinese language summer camp opening ceremony. Source: China Higher Ed gx211.


June 19: According to this China higher education website, University of Washington Tacoma opened its Chinese language summer camp at the Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute in Kaifeng, Henan province. Prof. William McGuire and 15 students from Tacoma as well as Prof. Li Yi along with staff at the host institute attended the ceremony. It’s the first such summer camp offered by the host institute. For four weeks, UW student campers will learn Chinese language, culture, wushu, calligraphy and tea art. --WCWD 06/22/2017


Luo Linquan and Ed Murray. Source: Foreign Ministry PRC.


June 6: China Foreign Ministry posted that Luo Linquan (罗林泉), Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco, visited Seattle on June 6. He met with Mayor Murray, visited Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Amazon, WSU, etc. Luo and Murray agreed that the two sides should push forward cooperation in trade, technology, culture, tourism and other areas and play an active role in the development of U.S.-China relations. --WCWD 06/11/17


Prof. Harrell & Prof. Lavely


June 1: Prof. Stevan Harrell and Prof. William Lavely gave a lecture at Allen Library UW on their new book “Rural China on the Eve of Revolution, Sichuan Fieldnotes, G. William Skinner.” From 1949-1950, Skinner, "the world's most influential anthropologist of China,” according to American Anthropologist, conducted two and a half months of field research on rural social structure near Gaodianzi, Sichuan. Harrell and Lavely told the fascinating story of Skinner's work there and how they came to publish this book. --WCWD 06/01/17


SIFF and China. Source: PRC Consulate SF


May 23: Consulate General of PR China in San Francisco posted on its website about the opening of the 43rd SIFF in Seattle on May 18th. With the China Stars Showcase in its second year and 10 new Chinese feature films to screen, Chinese Cultural Attache Xiao Xiayong from San Francisco and Eugene Zhang of WASA North America Group, which curated part of the series, attended the event and met with SIFF Executive Director Sarah Wilke and Artistic Director Beth Barrett. --WCWD 05/24/17



Northwest U and Zhengzhou U of Aeronautics. Source: sciencenet.cn


May 18: Science Net News in China reported that a delegation of 44 people from Northwest University in Seattle had visited Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics, in Henan province. They had four days of events of interactions and exchanges between the students, and sightseeing. Yang Pei, VP of Zhengzhou U of Aeronautics, welcomed the guests. Tom Sill, Associate Professor of Northwest U, invited Zhengzhou students to visit Seattle. --WCWD 05/21/17


Dr. Pagano meets Yan Shijing. Source: news.sina


May 11: According to Sina News and the People’s Daily, Dr. Mark A. Pagano, Chancellor of UW Tacoma, and a delegation, visited Sichuan University, in Chengdu, and met with its Vice President Yan Shijing. Sichuan U and the UW first began a cooperation in medical education as early as the 1980s. They expressed hope that there would be more extensive relations in student exchanges, visiting professors, research, etc. Dr. Pagano invited the Chinese students to come study at UW Tacoma. --WCWD 05/21/17


C919. CNN screenshot.


Apr. 23: CNN Money reported that China's first big jetliner C919, produced by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or Comac, just passed a crucial test by finishing its final ground trial in Shanghai. That took China a step closer to becoming one of the world's elite large airline makers, the U.S., Russia, Brazil, Canada, the U.K., France and Germany. CNN said the 168-seat C919 was roughly the same size as Boeing's 737-800 and Airbus's A320. Its maiden flight is expected before the end of May. --WCWD 04/25/17


Allison McCarty, Prof. Todd Wildermuth, Prof. Dongsheng Zang


Apr. 20: “Death by Design” was the title at the weekly China-related documentary screening at the UW Asian Law Center. It looked at the deadly, and alarming, environmental and social costs in both the U.S. and China associated with the manufacture and disposal of electronic devices, with cases of IBM and Foxconn. Q&A session afterwards featured Prof. Dongsheng Zang, director of Asian Law, and Prof. Todd Wildermuth, director of UW environmental law program. Everyone owning an electronic device should watch it, with a review here. --WCWD 04/21/17


Gary Locke. Screenshot.


Apr. 5: Gary Locke, former U.S. ambassador to China and former governor of Washington, was interviewed by CNBC on the upcoming Trump-Xi summit in Florida. Commenting on “a fair deal” that President Trump wanted from China in our trade, Locke said, China really needed to start opening more of its markets, and there needed to be a level playing field and more access for American companies into China, same way as Chinese companies could sell and operate here in America. --WCWD 04/06/17


Lincoln Hi students. Screenshot.


Apr. 3: In anticipation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting with President Trump in Florida, People’s Daily talked to the students and teachers at the Lincoln High School in Tacoma, where Xi and wife Peng Liyuan visited in 2015. Principal Patrick Erwin reminisced Xi’s visit and students their visit to China in 2016 at Xi’s invitation. They all wished Xi a successful summit and another visit to Lincoln High. --WCWD 04/06/17


Bao Bao. Cankaoxiaoxi screenshot.


Mar. 25: Cankaoxiaoxi reported that Bao Bao, the three-year-old American-born star panda who had lived in the Washington D.C. zoo until last month, came out to meet the public for the first time in his new home at the Dujiangyan panda conservation base in Sichuan, China, after 30-days of quarantine. Sichuan, the home of all pandas, is Washington’s sister province. Washington State Panda Foundation has been trying to get a panda from Sichuan since 2015 when Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Seattle. --WCWD 03/25/17


Ben Shorbert, NBR screenshot

Mar. 16: According to Seattle-based National Bureau of Asian Research, Benjamin Shobert, its Senior Associate for International Health, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at a Hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology." Shobert talked about China’s biotechnology industry and policies, comparison between U.S. and Chinese biotechnology capabilities, opportunities for collaboration, and maintaining U.S. strategic advantages. Full text available here on NBR website. --WCWD 03/18/17



Prof. Chan

Mar. 10: Prof. Kam Wing Chan of UW Dept. of Geography gave his talk at the China Club dinner on “China's Missing Children- How economic migration leaves 100 million children behind.” Using his Shanghai case study and its population pyramid, or Xmas tree, Chan explained how the strict huko system prevented millions of children from living in the cities with their migrant parents. For Chan’s Paulson Institute report on a 15-year phase-out of the huko system and an essay on how China could learn from U.S. immigration policies in its migration policy reforms, go to his web page here. --WCWD 03/11/17


Borich, Reid at ABF

Mar. 2: Asia Business Forum held a panel discussion on the economic prospects for China, India and Japan, anticipating President Trump’s new trade policies, moderated by Joe Borich, former president of WA China Relations Council. Prof. David Reid of Global Business Strategy at Seattle U gave the presentation on China. Using his case study of Liaoning province, Reid talked about China’s slower growth, debt, ghost cities, overcapacity, unrealistic growth target of 6.5% for this year, even military possibility to distract, etc. However, Reid also lamented the lost TPP, possible trade war with China, and the political gain behind China’s new Silk Road project to connect China and Eurasia. --WCWD 03/03/17


Gates and Gao. Screenshot.

Feb. 18: Netease News reported that China’s Gao Xiaosong (高晓松), composer, playwright, producer, and talk show host, interviewed Bill Gates. They talked about the Gates Foundation and its charity work, IT, AI, AlphaGo, Jack Ma of Alibaba, and China’s rapid development. Gates also explained the concept that the Foundation would spend all of its resources within 20 years after Bill's and Melinda's deaths. You can watch part of the interview here. --WCWD 02/20/17




Deng Fanhua in Vancouver, WADeng Fanhua in Seattle

Feb. 15: China’s Consulate General in San Francisco posted that DEP Consul General Deng Fanhua (邓繁华) was in state to celebrate the Chinese New Year with both Vancouver WA Chinese Association and Soo Yuen Benevolent Association of Seattle. Joining him in Vancouver were Clark County chair Marc Boldt, State Rep. Liz Pike and Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt. Joining him in Seattle were Mayor Ed Murray, former Lt. Governor Brad Owen and local Chinese American leaders. –WCWD 02/20/17


Ren Faqing meeing Kim Wyman

Jan. 17: According to a post by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Jan. 11, Deputy Chinese Consul General Ren Faqiang (任发强 ) to San Francisco attended in Olympia the inauguration ceremonies of Washington state elected officials, including Governor Jay Inslee, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, and Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Ren also met with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party Susan Hutchison. Ren discussed with them about how to further promote cooperation between China and Washington. --WCWD 01/17/17



Head of Saint George's School Jamie Tender in Chengdu.

Jan. 13: China Internet News Center reported that Saint George’s School of Spokane, Washington, signed an agreement on Jan. 7 with the Experiment School of SMS of Chengdu, Sichuan, to jointly run a Saint George’s School Chengdu Branch, a high school. The branch will begin recruiting 50 students in March from all over Sichuan and enroll them this fall. The curriculum will be a combination of Saint George’s AP courses and those of Chinese high schools and be taught in both Chinese and English. After three years, the students would earn a dual Chinese and American diploma. --WCWD 01/16/17