On Oct 4, the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA (CGCC) and Fosun International jointly hosted 2017 Moon Festival & “China-US Culture and Business Etiquette” Series Kickoff Reception at Fosun USA headquarters, 28 Liberty. Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York Zhang Qiyue, Chairman of CGCC and President and CEO of Bank of China USA Xu Chen, and Vice Chairman of CGCC and US Representative of Fosun International Bo Wei delivered welcome remarks. More than 100 representatives from CGCC member companies and the press participated and celebrated the Moon Festival together.
Chairman Xu expressed special thanks to all the members for their support to CGCC throughout the year. He said, Moon Festival in China is very similar to Thanksgiving in the US. It is a chance for families and friends to reunion, celebrate the harvest together and give thanks for the help and support we have received from each other. We are grateful for the continued cooperation and support from all our members and friends. And to provide better services for our members, CGCC kicks-off the “China-US Culture and Business Etiquette” Series today, to help our members develop insight into the local business culture and social etiquette, to avoid misunderstandings that could hurt business deals and harm working relationships. Vice Chairman Bo Wei extended warm welcome to Consul General Zhang Qiyue and all CGCC members to Fosun 28 Liberty to celebrate the Moon Festival.
Consul General Zhang Qiyue extended her sincere greetings to all the guests. Moon Festival is the day for family reunion and CGCC is the big family that facilitates win-win cooperation between Chinese and American business communities.
Consul General Zhang Qiyue said, the four high-level dialogue mechanisms established between China and the United States help promote bilateral relationship. One of the mechanism is US-China Social and Cultural Dialogue (SCD). Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson successfully co-chaired the first SCD on September 28, 2017. In fact, CGCC “China-US Culture and Business Etiquette” Series can also be regarded as part of the dialogue. In order to facilitate business exchanges between the two countries, it is very important to understand and respect the similarities and differences of the two cultures.
Consul General Zhang Qiyue emphasized, a sound and stable China-US relationship not only serves the fundamental interests of both countries, but also meets global expectations. Business communities of both countries shall recognize the great potential of cooperation and continue working together to deepen the bilateral economic and trade cooperation between China and US.
During the Kick-off session, Analyst of China Momentum Fund of Fosun Group Ethan Zeiger, Partner of Littler Mendelson Philip Berkowitz, and Executive Director of American Mandarin Society Nathaniel Ahrens shared their interesting stories of living and working in China and the cultural nuances they experienced in terms of Chinese and US business etiquettes.
After the dialogue, guests enjoyed the mooncakes and appreciates the full moon together.
CGCC would like to express special thanks to Fosun international for co-hosting this event.
CGCC highly appreciates the support from Bank of China USA, Wanxiang America Corporation, Agricultural Bank of China New York Branch, Baosteel America, Minmetals and Empire Brewing Company.
This reception is not only the kick-off event of the “China-US Culture and Business Etiquette” Series, but also CGCC’s first collaboration in 2017 with American Mandarin Society. We highly appreciate feedbacks. If you have any recommended guest speakers to address this series, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
China General Chamber of Commerce – USA (CGCC)
Founded in 2005, the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA (CGCC) is the largest nonprofit organization representing Chinese enterprises in the United States. CGCC’s mission is to promote Chinese investment in the U.S., to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of its members and to enhance cooperation between the Chinese and U.S. business communities. Today, CGCC membership extends to more than 1,500 companies, 53 of which are ranked in the 2017 Fortune Global 500. By the end of 2016, CGCC Chinese member companies employed over 200,000 people in the U.S. labor force and invested approximately $100 billion in various industries throughout the United States.
Established in 2014, the CGCC Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA. The goal of CGCC Foundation is to deepen mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and China by engaging in research and economic, cultural and social exchanges.
American Mandarin Society
The American Mandarin Society’s mission is to help Americans who have returned from study and work in Greater China stay deeply in touch with the region, maintain and develop their Mandarin Chinese language skills, and build the professional networks that will allow them to engage in the vital work of strengthening the United States’ ties with Asia in the 21st Century.
AMS’ 2,000-plus members have lived in Greater China, speak Mandarin Chinese, and want to contribute meaningfully to their country’s effort to deepen its engagement with the Asia-Pacific. Our steadily growing membership includes federal, state, and city government employees, businesspeople, scholars, employees of civil society groups, and other professionals.
AMS’ commitment to supporting these Americans is rooted in the conviction that prosperity, stability, and peace in the entire Pacific region depend on it.