July Newsletter 商会简报

Building on our Successful Trade Mission

What we were able to accomplish in our 2018 China Trade Mission were incredible. In as little as 17 days, the Chinese Chamber trade delegation visited 11 cities with 145 million population in total and 2.65 trillion USD in GDP. We came back with two signed agreement to build friendship cities relationship between Cincinnati and Chongqing, and West Chester and Jiaozhou. Subsequently, the Mayor of Chongqing, Mr. Tang Liangzhi, came to visit Cincinnati on May 24, 2019. Mayor Cranley received the delegation in his office and received a letter of invitation from Mr. Tang to attend the Smart China Expo, held in Chongqing from August 26 to 29.

The Chinese Chamber once again took on the responsibility to organize Midwestern businesses to go exhibit at the Smart China Expo. While the Expo itself is little known to many, it is a very high level expo co-organize by the top state-level ministries in China, such as the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Ministry of Industries and Information Technologies and the State Academy of Science, etc. It aims to promote trade and technological advancements in emerging industries such as big data, smart cities, artificial intelligence, smart grid, smart homes, smart driving, as well as more conventional industries such as precision and advanced manufacturing and materials. Applications of such technological advancements can be used for consumer and industrial segments and are considered in high demand for the China market in the years to come.

Midwestern businesses in the US can benefit from exhibiting at this expo and engaging in dialogues with business partners and professionals attending the expo. The Chinese Chamber has secured a booth designated to the Midwestern Regional with 1500 square feet at the Expo.

Give us a shout if you are interested in joining our delegation

We’re happy to announce that REDI Cincinnati has sponsored the expo once again and we welcome Midwestern businesses to contact us for opportunities to collaborate at this expo.


Artificial Intelligence in PA

The Chinese Chamber has done such a great job, we now have businesses from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and several other Midwestern states joining the chamber. In a recent visit to Pittsburgh, Executive Director Leo Chan reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh team to launch a local chapter. This chapter will help the Chamber service Western PA area with more focused efforts as the region is booming with emerging industries especially in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.

We have invited speakers from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Uber AI, Labs and Argo AI, all are leading players in the automated driving and artificial intelligence business. There will be a lunch and learn to celebrate the local chapter launch and these speakers will share views on the industry latest development trends.

Stay tuned for more information soon!

Announcing New Executive Director Leo Chan

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Chinese Chamber Welcomes New Executive Director Leo Chan

Brings wealth of US-China & Silicon Valley experience to the organization

CINCINNATI – December 12, 2017 – The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce has hired Leo Chan as its new Executive Director, effective December 18, 2017. A former board member of the Chinese Chamber, Chan brings a wealth of diverse and international experience in financial services, private equity investments, and the tech industry to this role. He has served in several Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations, running funds of over 1 billion RMB and investments of over 1 billion USD in mobile telecommunications infrastructure in China and other parts of the world. Chan will keynote the Chinese Chamber’s annual Lunar New Year Gala at The Ramada Plaza on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.

“The Chinese Chamber has grown significantly in membership, visibility, and influence in Greater Cincinnati in the past 2 years thanks to our previous Executive Director Tessa Xuan’s contributions. Leo Chan’s business expertise and local, national, and international connections will take us to the next level in terms of building more bridges with Greater China to expand opportunity for the local business community. We are very much looking forward to this Chamber’s even brighter future under his new leadership,” said Catalin Macarie, Board Chair of the Chinese Chamber.

As a seasoned IT visionary and expert in mobile telephony and wireless broadband access, Chan has served in roles at several telecommunication companies including France Telecom, Cincinnati Bell, and Hawaiian Telcom. In 2008, Chan formed a partnership with former Merrill Lynch executives in Asia. He led initiatives to build a merchant banking operation in Shenzhen, China, where he built strategic relationships with Goldman Sachs, Legend Capital, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and China International Capital Corporation. After years of endeavors in the venture capital and private equity industry, Leo helped build a series of venture capital funds including TCL Capital, KB Capital, and SR Investments. By working with local municipalities, Leo was able to form public private partnership funds to fuel the startup and infrastructure build out projects in developing cities. He also led a supply chain management company that specializes in advising and helping US companies to source from strategic partners.

Chan studied International Business at Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages in Guangzhou, Asia Europe Programme at Sciences-Po in Paris, Intermediate Japanese at Dalian University of Foreign Languages in Dalian. He originally moved to the Cincinnati area to earn his MBA from the University of Cincinnati, which he was awarded in 2001.

DHL Hosts GCCCC and Chinese Embassy Representatives

On November 17, 2015, the DHL US ITAC and Americas Region Regulatory teams hosted visitors from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the U.S. to discuss trade facilitation between China and the United States.

Chinese Embassy representatives Hu Tianshu and Zhang Tong, along with members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GCCCC), met at CVG hub where discussions included overviews of the DHLE network, US import and export processes as well as challenges encountered by China companies and individuals doing business in the U.S.

U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) Assistant Area Director Eugene Matho and CVG Port Director Richard Gillespie joined for discussion on topics related to entry of merchandise both in the U.S. and China.  The meeting concluded with a CVG hub tour.  The spirit of the visit was one of learning about best practices, growth and cooperation.

China Embassy Group 2

PHOTO: From Left to Right – Photo Credit to Pat Rogers/ DHLE Americas, Process Improvement Manager

Front:  Matt Robinson, Chief Business Development Officer, Indelac Controls, Inc., NKY Chamber member; Naashom Marx/VP NKY Chamber; Raymond Li Tung Luk/Green Energy Enterprise LLC, President, GCCCC member; Myriam Benalcazar/DHLE America Region, Customs Regulatory Manager

Back:  Roger Ruan / DHLE U.S., China Program Manager; Phillip Poland / DHLE Americas Region, Director Customs & Regulatory Affairs; Zhang Tong/ Third Secretary, Embassy of the P.R. of China; Maritza Castro/ DHLE Americas Region, Head of Customs & Regulatory Affairs; Joanie Arias/DHLE VP CVG Hub; Hu Tianshu/ Counselor, Embassy of the P.R. of China; Amy Smith/DHLE U.S. Head of Customs; Alan Majchrzak / DHLE U.S., Director Brokerage Services;
Louisa So Fong / Board of Directors; Anita Haefner / DHLE U.S., Director Compliance; Board of Directors Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber (GCCCC); Michael Kou / Growth by Export, President, Board of Directors GCCCC

Letter from the Director — March’s End



Spring has sprung, allegedly, and as the weather warms up – again, allegedly – so goes the activity at the Chinese Chamber, rain or shine.

Earlier this week we held the first installment of a business luncheon series called Growing Your China Business, where Dezan Shira tax manager Sabrina Zhang flew from Beijing to give us the skinny on tax updates in China. She talked specifics on the changing tax laws coming from the central government that are meant to spur an economy based more on services than exports. Effectively, a deliberate and phased transition of tax reforms means a lower tax rate for many companies doing business in China. Sabrina left us her presentation document. If you would like to learn more, feel free to email me.

 Members and guests from March 25’s Growing Your China Business luncheon

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