The year of 2018 has been difficult and challenging for the development of China-US relations. While businesses of both sides are concerned with the direction of the bilateral relations moving forward, these individuals, organizations and corporations have managed to stay strong against the headwinds. Their success is a heartful reminder to our business leaders and entrepreneurs that people on both sides of the Pacific cherish the hard-won gains, continue to promote mutual understandings, deliver outstanding services, improve the market conditions, and change the lives of millions of people.
The Goodwill Ambassador for China-US Exchange award goes to Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. The Goodwill Ambassador for China-US Exchange Award recognizes a respected and distinguished leader for their remarkable and impactful contributions to a constructive and cooperative China-US relationship. Mr. Greenberg made outstanding contributions to China’s reform and opening-up. In 1975, when Greenberg first came to China, he started to develop business partnership between his company and China. In 1992, his company became the first foreign company to receive a wholly owned life insurance license in China, helping to connect China’s financial markets to the rest of the world. He has held several important advisory roles in helping China develop its economy, including the Chairman of International Business Leader’s Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai and the Senior Economic Advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. Recently, Greenberg was among the ten individuals who have received China Reform Friendship Medal from President Xi Jinping.
The International Leadership Award goes to Wang Xiangming, President of China State Construction Engineering Corp (CSCEC). The International Leadership Award recognizes a leader in the public or business field who has made significant contribution to promote high industry standards, improve the business environment, and fulfill outstanding corporate social responsibilities. Operating in more than 100 countries, CSCEC is the largest investment and construction group worldwide. It has built more than 50% of the world’s super high skyscrapers, helping many cities redefine their skylines. Under Mr. Wang’s leadership as the President of CSCEC since 2016, CSCEC has taken the number one ranking in the Top 250 Global Contractors list published by Engineering News-Record (ENR) for three consecutive years. With a global vision and comprehensive perspectives on how to successfully harmonize multi-cultural operations, Mr. Wang spearheaded CSCEC’s international operations and cultivated a number of branches and subsidiaries, such as China Construction America (CCA), which are committed to providing high-quality services, focusing on giving back to society and integrating advanced technology and international management elements.
The Outstanding FDI Partnership goes to Louisiana Economic Development and YCI Methanol One, LLC. The Outstanding FDI Partnership award recognizes the concerted efforts and fruitful collaboration established between the public and private sectors in facilitating foreign direct investment from China to the United States that has channeled sustainable growth and created high-quality jobs at local communities. YCI Methanol One has announced a $1.85 billion investment in St. James Parish, Louisiana, to develop a world-scale methanol manufacturing complex. This project represents the first Chinese foreign direct investment in Louisiana, also one of the largest Chinese greenfield investments in the United States to date. Louisiana Economic Development has been a great source of help in the investment process, from selecting facilities, offering a customized incentive package, to providing supporting infrastructures. The collaboration between these two parties has not only ensured the investment to fit well with the company’s business strategy, but also created enormous sustainable economic benefit at local communities.