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Agency Name: U.S. Mission to China

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Water sources fail to make grade

Nearly two-thirds of China’s underground water, and a third of its surface water, were last year rated as unsuitable for direct human contact, the environment ministry said yesterday.

China is waging a “war on pollution” to reverse some of the environmental damage done by more than three decades of breakneck growth, but one of its biggest and costliest challenges is tackling contaminated water supplies, the ministry said.

China classifies its water supplies into six grades, and just 3 percent of the 968 sites monitored last year by the Ministry of Environmental Protection met the highest standard.

In an annual environmental bulletin, it said that 63 percent of the monitored sites ranked grade III or above, making them fit for human use.

The rest were either completely unusable, or suitable only for use in industry or irrigation.

In 2013, the ministry ranked 72 percent of surface water grade III or above, but it is not clear if the figures are comparable.

Last year’s report suggests China’s underground water quality is worsening, with the ministry classifying 61.5 percent of the 4,896 underground sites it monitored as either “relatively poor” or “very poor.”

The corresponding figure for 2013 was almost 60 percent, based on samples from 4,778 sites.

In April, China promised to raise the proportion of good quality water (rated grade III or above) to more than 70 percent in its seven major river basins, and to more than 93 percent in its urban drinking supplies, by 2020.

It promised to ban water-polluting plants in industries such as oil refining and paper production by the end of 2016, it said.

From Shanghai Daily.

China Round Table:
Opportunity and Challenges of China’s Water Industry


CINCINNATI, Ohio, USA20 May 21, 2015 – The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce (“Greater Cincinnati China-US Chamber”) hosts China Round Table: Opportunity and Challenges of China’s Water Industry.

This event is moderated by John Robinson, Principal Consultant of Cornerstone China Advisor and publisher of Mandarin Environment – a newly formed medial brand designed to connect Chinese investors to North American clean-tech opportunities. Microbial Robotics Director of MicrobialBots and GeRM™, Dr. Shengchang Su, joins Melinda Kruyer, CEO of Confluence, and John Mangan, Trustee of Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, as panelist to lead the discussion for attending members of the Chinese Chamber.

On April, 16, 2015, China announced action plan for water pollution prevention and control. The plan contains “10 measures for water” and follows the air pollution campaign that began in 2013. The 10 measures for water according to the Chinese State Council website include:

  1. Control and reduce discharge from industries, urban areas, agriculture, rural, shipping ports.
  2. Upgrading to recycle industrial water, reclaimed water, and seawater.
  3. Conservation and protection of water resources (by strict management system).
  4. Improving scientific and technical support; strengthening fundamental science.
  5. Increase market efficiency and price reform.
  6. Strict enforcement and severe punishment.
  7. Authorized discharge under strict management.
  8. Safety and strengthening protection of water bodies.
  9. More responsibility in local governments with central inspections.
  10. Improve public participation and community supervision (including public listing of performance).

The Greater Cincinnati China-US Chamber believes U.S. based companies and research institutions from the Greater Cincinnati region stand ready to assist with China’s water remediation efforts. This round table discussion is meant to spark community involvement in bridging an open dialogue and collaboration on solving the world’s most pressing water problems with efficiency and effective solutions developed by the Greater Cincinnati regional’s best intellectual and business minds.

For more information please contact coordinator[at]

Exporter Forum -Doing Business in China

An Overview of Export Opportunities and Trends

   8:30 – 10:30 AM  March 6, 2015
   020 Rike Hall, Wright State University
Cost:   No cost to attend, but registration is required.

China is a $10 trillion economy growing at 7 percent annually and is reshaping our global economy. Over the past 30 years, the Chinese government has at times opened the door wide for foreign companies to participate in its domestic economic growth. In fact, American exports to China have grown faster than to any other nation.  Here is your chance to hear from the experts and gather facts to help with your decision.

This program will address trends shaping the next phase of China’s economic growth, which industries might benefit the most, and product localization tips.Doing Business in China: An Overview of Export Opportunities and Trends program will explain and explore the following topics:

*    Business culture & practices and what to expect
*    Macro and segment market analysis
*    Competition landscape
*    Capital access strategies to fund export activities
*    China FDA Regulatory Guidelines
*    Key potential customer profiling
*    Existing manufacturer and distributor mapping
*    Product localization strategies
*    Supply chain modeling
*    Development of Government partnerships to support marketing strategies
*    Comprehensive go-to-market proposals
*    Sales, Marketing and distribution in preferred product categories

Development of economic development incentives to support company growth.
This program is for you, if you are considering or are actively exporting or importing from China and interested in protecting and maximizing your trade with China.

The presenters:
David J. Robinson provides business consulting services for capital access, infrastructure financing, business development, economic development and public affairs as Principal of the Montrose Group, LLC, and gained over $100M in funding for economic development projects.
Joe Dorrian specializes in China cross border initiatives such as market research, entry strategies,supply chain development and distribution consulting services as Principal for Transom Shields Group, LLC and lived in China from 2000-13 directing supply chain and commercial distribution for both General Electric Aircraft Engines and Thermo Fisher Scientific.The International Trade Assistance Center of Ohio (ITAC) program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The ITAC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

CLICK here to register.After you register, you will receive a confirmation email.  Directions, parking instructions and other details will be sent before the program.

For questions or additional information, contact the ITAC at 937.775.3524 or email kathy.marshalek[at]

Chinese Investment in the US coupled with Building Guanxi

This month we’ve held two events. They happened to be on the same night. We saw a great turnout at both events.

First, we had a great discussion with our panel on Chinese investment. Thanks to one of our newest members, Miller Canfield, for collaborating on the project. Three panel members from Miller Canfield have worked rather closely with Fuyao Auto as they have worked to begin operations at a new plant in Moraine, Ohio. We had some great food and the Phoenix club turned out to be a great venue.

The after party took place at Rhinegeist, where we munched on Eli’s BBQ and held a drawing. Some lucky folks went home with brand new slippers for the coming winter. Join at our next Beer and Guanxi in December. We’ll be doing a charity drive. Details to come.

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Some shots from our Nov. 12 China investment panel


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A couple of photos from our Beer and Guanxi event at Rhinegeist, catered by Eli’s BBQ