On Wednesday, February 26, Mayor Annise Parker welcomed local government and business leaders to celebrate the launch of U.S-China Partnerships at a kick-off reception held in the historic Julia Ideson Library.
U.S.-China Partnerships, a non-profit 501 (c)(4), was created to expand ties between the United States and China and increase foreign direct investment in the United States, with a particular focus on Houston. Mayor Parker, who will act as an Honorary Director of the Partnership along with U.S. Congressman Ted Poe and Yao Ming, celebrated the inception of the Partnership with local supporters that are eager to see more interaction with China.
In her remarks, Mayor Parker recalled a decision she made in 2010 to take her first inaugural trade mission to China and participate in the World Expo. Calling it the right decision and a “seed” planted for the future, Mayor pointed to the many ways that this investment has yielded dividends for Houston — not the least being the historic non-stop flight from Beijing to Houston on Air China.
This theme was taken up by special guests, the Consul General of China and the President of Air China, who in their remarks highlighted the growing connections between China and the Houston-region, connections which are based on what has come before and a recognition of what is still to come.
The U.S. China Partnerships, which seeks to be an umbrella and platform for various local initiatives and organizations focusing on improving China ties, has set an ambitious first year agenda of programs and projects. For more information about U.S.-China Partnerships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.