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September 2, 2011

China/Indiana: Trade Marriage to Hit New Heights – China Daily News

The article below, dated Sept. 2, 2011, is from the China Daily USA news site about Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ latest deal with the Chinese.

Daniels recently attended the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah July 13-17, 2011 which included the first-ever U.S.-China Governors Forum.  The purpose of the Governors Forum was to increase cooperation between the U.S. and China at the sub-national level.

Looks like Mitch took the meeting to heart.

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Trade marriage to hit new heights

2011-09-02

By Ariel Tung (China Daily)

“Firms in Indiana, Zhejiang look to create jobs through biz deals

Their landmasses are very similar. Manufacturing dominates each region. Each is economically invested in what the other region produces.

The connections between the state of Indiana and Zhejiang province, which established ties as sister states in 1987, are already numerous, but in the next few years, leaders from both regions say they are planning to further cement economic ties.

“Indiana is very excited and proud of the significant flow of the Chinese investments that have only begun in our state. We hope Chinese investments will continue to rise sharply in our state,” says Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

China is Indiana’s fastest-growing export market. According to a report from the US-China Business Council, the state’s exports to China in the last 10 years have grown a hefty 554 percent, while the state’s exports to all other countries have grown by 81 percent.

Daniels says China has contributed at least five significant job-creating investments to the state in the last few years in sectors ranging from manufacturing to automotive to agriculture and furniture.

China’s investments across many sectors of Indiana reflect the nation’s growing investments across the United States. A recent study by the Asia Society in New York estimates that China could potentially invest almost $2 trillion overseas in the next 10 years with a great portion of that heading to the US.

When Daniels first took office in 2005, he made job creation his top priority. He created the public-private Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to replace a failing state bureaucracy in attracting new jobs. In 2008, CNBC named Indiana as the most improved state for business in the nation.

As a result of his efforts, Indiana’s cemented relationship with Zhejiang province has brought Chinese businesses to the Hoosier state, such as Wanxiang Group Corp and Anji Yuankai Furniture Co.

Zhejiang, located on the east coast of China, is known for its thriving private sector. Daniels says he wants to concentrate on attracting the province’s investments. He has visited Zhejiang twice in the last two years with other Indiana officials and business executives.”   Rest of China Daily article here.

August 2, 2011

University Leaders and Former U.S. Senator Want Deeper U.S.-China Partnerships

OK-SAFE, Inc. Reporting – 8-1-2011,

[#2 in a series of 3 covering the U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Culture & Education Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 14-17, 2011.]

Excerpt:

“Ladies and gentlemen, through this historic conference, new frontiers and new relationships will be forged in renewable energy, green technologies, information technologies, bio- and life- sciences, advanced materials, high end manufacturing and mining technologies.”   Mark McLellan, Vice President of Research, Utah State University, to Chinese audience at Eccles Conference Center, USU, as part of the U.S.-China 2011 Conference, 7/15/11.

“What we must recognize is that with the end of the Cold War there are no boundaries in the world anymore, and we must be open to cooperation and commerce and opportunity with everybody else in the world in all three of these areas….So what I am hoping for in the future is a partnership that is not just mutually beneficial between our two countries, but economic growth and the creation of wealth that can spread to the rest of the world with the joint leadership between Chinese and American entrepreneurs that move around the globe in ways that would not have been possible during the days of the Cold War.” Former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett to Chinese audience at Eccles Conference Center, USU, as part of the U.S.-China 2011 Conference, 7/15/11.


 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second in a series of three transcripts of select sessions at the recent U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Culture & Education Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Little America Hotel, July 14-17, 2011.  This conference was held in conjunction with the National Governors Association/U.S.-China Governors Forum.

The overwhelming impression one came away with after attending this conference was that Utah, like many other states, is actively and enthusiastically pursuing economic, educational and cultural partnerships/integration with the Communist Chinese.  The fact that the Chinese political leaders honored were all long-time members of the Communist Party of China didn’t faze the conference organizers, business (Mormon) leaders, state government agencies, or universities one bit.

[In fact, Salt Lake City leaders, apparently wanting to embrace all things Asian, have gone so far as to start a “Chinatown” of their own. This Chinatown is not to be confused with those that happened organically over a period of time in the larger U.S. cities; this one is a several acre mall, bthat will feature businesses owned and operated by….Chinese.  Interested? See website for investment opportunities.  Wonder if it’s in a TIF district?]

Too bad the state of Utah (and the U.S. Governors), and the event organizers couldn’t demonstrate this much interest and enthusiasm about developing American owned businesses that hire Americans in America.

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Attendees of the U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Culture & Education Conference held at The Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Ytah, board tour buses headed for Utah State University day trip, 7/15/11.

DATE:  Friday, 7-15-11

Event: Day trip to Utah State University – Comments by former U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, of Utah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Culture & Education conference attendees walk to meeting on the campus of Utah  State University, 7/15/11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banner hanging off top of the Eccles Conference Center building on the USU campus 7/15/11.

Opening Comments (Bold and Italics added for emphasis.)

Speaker: Mark McLellan, Vice President for Research, USU.

Summary of first few statements:  USU has 38 visiting scholars.  700 students enrolled in program. Strong research ties with colleagues in China. McLellan mentioned three USU instructors involved in joint USU/China University projects and long-term relationships.  McLellan credited Senator Bob Bennett with developing a particular long-term partnership between USU and a Chinese university.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark McLellan, Vice President for Research, USU, in the Eccles Conference Center, 7/15/11.

“Our partnerships in China have strengthened and enriched Utah State’s ability to not just talk its land grant mission but to walk it, to believe it, to make it really, really work.

Ladies and gentlemen, through this historic conference, new frontiers and new relationships will be forged in renewable energy, green technologies, information technologies, bio- and life- sciences, advanced materials, high end manufacturing and mining technologies.

We have great opportunities to build partnerships here.

Each of these areas open (sic) up new opportunities and areas for growth and we are anxious to grow with you in these news partnerships and continue to build a long-term relationship.

Again, I welcome you to our campus, and I hope you enjoy your days here in the middle of the Rocky Mountains.

And now let me ask Neil Abercrombie, our Director of Government Relations at Utah State, to come to the podium… Neil?”

 

Speaker: Neil Abercrombie.

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I’m thrilled to also welcome you to Utah State University and introduce our keynote speaker this morning.

Bob Bennett served in the United States Senate, representing the state of Utah for three terms.  During that 18 years of service he developed a great reputation best described, and most accurately described, as “a pragmatic problem solver.”

During this time of developing solutions to very complex policy problems Senator Bennett developed a great reputation on both sides of the aisle not only for his intelligent and innovative ideas, but for his impeccable integrity.

And while Bob Bennett is no longer serving in the United States Senate he certainly is not retired. He continues to keep a very busy schedule, very influential in Washington, D.C.,  across the nation, and even globally, applying the same skills of pragmatic problem solving to complex world issues.

So this morning, please join me in welcoming Senator Bob Bennett to speak to us.

Speaker: Senator Bob Bennett 

“Thank you very much, I appreciate the opportunity. I’ve spoken in this hall before but the crowd was usually a little more hostile because it was in the middle of a political campaign.  I don’t imagine any of you is going to be as excited about seeing me defeated as many of the other people who sat in those seats were prior to my coming here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, speaking at the U.S.-China 2011 Trade, Culture & Education Conference, in the Eccles Conference Center at USU 7/15/11.

(To translator: That was quick. I thought I talked a little longer than that.)

We’re on the campus of the University so I am going to be a little bit professorial.  Professorial – I am going to be a school teacher this morning.

If you go all the way back in human history you find that the original people were hunter/gatherers, who lived primarily on meat if they could run down the animal, and then whatever they could gather in the form of fruit and nuts.

And in the words of one political philosopher life was nasty, brutish, and short.

Then somebody made a discovery – if you stayed in one place and planted seeds and then tended the plants and harvested, you could get a lot more to eat than you could running around the country-side chasing the animals.

That was called the Neolithic Revolution for those of you taking notes like a college class. And it was the “big bang” that changed society forever.

Some historians say all of human history can be divided into that which took place before and that which took place after this revolution.

People had more to eat and they could begin to engage in trade with their surplus food. They weren’t living hand-to-mouth now; they had extra crops, and commerce grew up.

When commerce came along they had to invent some medium of exchange, and we had money.

Originally it was in the form of precious metals because that’s hard to counterfeit and it doesn’t spoil if it gets left out in the rain.

And human beings lived like for thousands of years, raising crops, trading their excess wealth, spending money back and forth, and growing and exploring until they covered the whole world.

Then somebody made another discovery, just as important as the discovery of the planting of seeds – somebody realized that you could make things easier and more cheaply if you used interchangeable parts.  (To translator: Interchangeable parts.)

Best example of that is in building a carriage. In the agricultural age, if you wanted a carriage you hired an expert carriage maker who, with his team, would build you one and it would be one of a kind. And if you wanted two, you had to hire two carriage makers, or wait twice as long.

After the introduction of interchangeable parts, Henry Ford could produce a carriage, it’s named shortened to ‘car’, every 3 and ½ minutes, by having a factory in which people would take those parts and assemble them in a predetermined way. And the cars they produced was (sic) cheaper and better and far more powerful than any of the carriages that had been built before.

And instead of carrying a bag of coins around with him to pay his workers, people would accept a piece of paper that would say, “Well there’s this much precious metal available and you take this check that will be a medium of exchange and you can use it to buy things instead of walking around with a bunch of gold.”

Now, what I’ve just described was called the Industrial Revolution, and it changed everything just as dramatically as the Neolithic Revolution did, and human history has never been the same again since the Industrial Revolution came along.

We were all just getting used to that when once again somebody had an idea and we have the third revolution hit us.

It’s called the Information Revolution.

The idea is just as simple as the idea of planting seeds and staying in one place or assembling things out of interchangeable parts.

It was the idea that a switch in a transistor could be either on or off.

If it was “on” it represented a zero, and if it was “off” it represented a one, and if you string enough transistors together and create enough combinations of zeroes and one, and ones, you could describe anything in the world.  (OK-SAFE NOTE: Actually, “on” represents a one, and “off” represents zero.)

They built machines with all those transistors in them and they were huge. They would occupy rooms bigger than this one – they were called “computers”.

And in order to read all of the combinations of zeros and ones that were stored in those giant machines a new language was created, called “digital code”.

Once again, it changed human history as dramatically as the two ideas that I’ve described before it.

And it changed the concept of wealth and of the way we do commerce.

In the agricultural age, a man’s wealth was determined by how much land he owned. We don’t know who it was in the United States in those days but a good candidate for the title was a fellow named George Washington.

In the industrial age it didn’t matter how much land you owned, the richest man was the one who had the biggest factory and his name was Henry Ford.

Now the richest man in America doesn’t own any land (of consequence), doesn’t have a factory, but he has proven the best master of digital code and his name is Bill Gates.

Society is reeling under the changes that the information revolution has brought into our lives just as much as it did under the changes that were brought by the industrial revolution or the agricultural revolution.

Commerce has changed dramatically as one of the main commodities being bought and sold around the world is knowledge.

Money is no longer a pile of gold coins or a stack of checks, but electronic blips that move around the world with the speed of light. 

Now, at the risk of stepping into territory that’s a little unfamiliar to me, I look at China and realize that China was in the agricultural age just 50 years ago.

The Industrial age was not the dominant factor there.

Then came the information age, and China is now dealing with all three simultaneously.

The speed with which you have moved into the information age, and the ease with which you navigate the information age, is breathtaking and an example to the rest of the world.

Now, we in America have a great deal to contribute in all three areas. 

We can help make agriculture more productive; we can help make industrial processes more streamlined; and we’re, we hope we are leading the world in information, entrepreneurial-ship and innovation.

What we must recognize is that with the end of the Cold War there are no boundaries in the world anymore, and we must be open to cooperation and commerce and opportunity with everybody else in the world in all three of these areas. 

I recognize that China is also reaching out to the rest of world to do what it can to deal with the challenges created by this new revolution, and one place I’d like to talk about very briefly with you is Africa. 

The western world’s approach to Africa over the last decades, a half century or more, has been, “These people are poor, let’s give them money. That’s the humanitarian thing to do.”

The record of accomplishment in Africa has not been good.  And we’ve found that just giving them money doesn’t help solve their problems.

As I go around Africa today I realize, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, the nation in the world that is there doing things that will be productive is China.

Interestingly, in many parts of Africa they have missed the industrial age altogether. They have the agricultural age and they have cell phones but they have nothing in-between.

If we are going to see the betterment of the human condition around the entire world, it’s going to take leadership from those countries that have moved forward in the progress of human society in the way I have described.

I can think of no better partnership for leadership in this regard, than between the United State and China. 

China has become a major manufacturing source not only for the Chinese but for the rest of the world. I’m a strong believer in free trade, and I don’t feel threatened by that fact.

Agriculture is obviously still important in China, but China’s activities in the information age indicate that China is a country like the United States, that can be innovative and powerful and productive in all three areas – agricultural, industrial,  and information. 

So what I am hoping for in the future is a partnership that is not just mutually beneficial between our two countries, but economic growth and the creation of wealth that can spread to the rest of the world with the joint leadership between Chinese and American entrepreneurs that move around the globe in ways that would not have been possible during the days of the Cold War.

I started out by talking about the very beginning of human history and economic activity. I didn’t mention, but we need to recognize, that one human activity that goes back as far as anything else has been war.

It’s been driven sometimes by religious differences, sometimes by ethnic differences, and many times by economic challenges and, uh, on the part of an aggressor the thought of economic opportunity, to take away from one group that which they have so that the invading group can get it for their own without effort.

Now we have discovered that you can achieve economic prosperity without taking it away from your neighbor. You can do it by engaging in intelligent commerce and trade.  And countries that trade with each other in an open and free manner do not go to war with each other.

So as we move into the high productivity era of the information age where commerce becomes even more valuable, and more and more wealth is created all the time, it is not just an economic opportunity that’s available to us, it’s a humanitarian and peaceful opportunity that’s available to us as well.

As we cooperate in high-tech trade and knowledge exchange, we make war even more and more obsolete – you don’t shoot your customers. 

The more we have conferences like this, the more we get together to talk about things like the agenda items you will cover today,  the more we travel back and forth, the more we create wealth, the more we exploit the opportunities of the  information age, and the more we make peace probable and predictable for our futures. (sic)

The last comment I’ll make with respect to the information revolution has to do with the speed with which it is coming on us and changing everything.

The industrial age took hundreds of years to unfold and we could adjust to the changes that it made in our lives fairly easily, but the information age is coming at us almost with the speed of light. When I went to the Senate I watched the lights that would blink, that would tell you whether or not the Senate was voting, a system that was put in place some years ago.

Then they gave me a beeper to hang on my belt so that I didn’t need to watch the lights; and electronically they could tell me whether the Senate was voting.

I just got the point where I could figure it out when Senator Frisk said, “I have some important information for you.”  We all pulled out our pens and he said, “It’s on your Blackberry.”

None of us had Blackberries.

So, we get them, I get to the point where I begin to understand the Blackberry, and they take it away from me and give me another Blackberry which is the next generation and I can’t figure that one out.

Then I leave the Senate and in my new incarnation they tell me I have to carry an I-Phone.  I still don’t have all the APPS that are available to me and they’re selling me an I-Pad.

Now I sit in front of my flat screen television and watch all the ads telling me that the I-Pad is completely obsolete and look at all the toys that are available.

The young people that are just coming of age can handle all of this without turning a hair.  My grandson says to me, “Hey, Grandpa, do you want me to set up a new website for you on your palm pilot?”  Which doesn’t exist anymore, that another example of how fast the technology changes.

For many in my generation this kind of thing is very unsettling.  I was talking with one woman and said,  “I will send you an email on that” and she said, “I don’t do email, I still use stamps.”

The rising generation has no patience for that attitude, whether it’s in China or in the United States.

They’re coming at us; a wave of young people prepared to embrace the information revolution, prosper in it, and spread it throughout all of the world.

The U.S. and China should join hands and do everything we can to encourage these young people and conquer the future as dramatically as Henry Ford conquered the past.

And I’ll do just fine because I have plenty of grandchildren who will tell me how it works.

Thank you so much for being here.”

End of statement.

The full pdf of this transcript including more photos and a summary of USU President Stan Albrecht, is available here.

July 20, 2011

Video – National Governors Association U.S.-China Governors Forum, Salt Lake City, Utah

Below is a link to the C-SPAN coverage of the opening of the NGA U.S.-China  Governors Forum held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at The Grand America Hotel, July 14-17, 2011.

C-SPAN was one of the approved media outlets that was allowed in to cover this event.  Some America media was barred from attending, while China Daily and other Chinese media were allowed instead.

http://www.c-spanarchives.com/program/SChinaG

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire is the chairman of the NGA and introduces this U.S.-China Governors Forum.

Interestingly enough, Reta Jo Lewis, representing the State Department, who presents greetings from the President to the forum, is the same person whose office had to be contacted to get a copy of the missing MOU Creating the U.S. China Governors Forum.  She was the spokesperson for the MOU, yet did not have the MOU and really didn’t know who had a copy.

Those Government jobs – aren’t they great?

July 13, 2011

OK Governor Mary Fallin Going to NGA Conference in Utah – Will She Attend the U.S.-China Forum?

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has confirmed she is going to attend the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 14-16, 2011. A  Media Advisory, issued by her office on July 8, 2011 confirmed her attendance.

Fallin is a member of the NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee.

This NGA event is to feature the first meeting of the U.S.-China Governors Forum, created by a MOU in January, and signed by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

However, a contact in the Governor’s office today told a constituent that, although she will be attending the “main meeting”,  the Governor “has not yet decided” on whether she will be attending the U.S.-China Forum.

Since the intent of the NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce committee is to seek more foreign direct investment in the states, it seems unlikely that Fallin would not attend the U.S.-China Forum.

From the Econ. Dev. and Commerce Committee’s May Briefing:

“Attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the States
On May 17, 2011, the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee hosted a briefing for governors’ staff about the role of foreign direct investment from the perspective of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign parent companies. Topics discussed included how to recruit investment, tax challenges, conflict-of-laws and the importance of physical infrastructure to global competitiveness. Panelists: Tom Langan, director of U.S. government relations and public affairs, Unilever (NGA Corporate Fellow); Nancy McLernon, president and CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII); and, John Lettieri, senior director of public policy and government affairs, OFII. Audio link (mp3)

Below is the Media Advisory issued July 8, 2011.

From: Alex Gerszewski <Alex.Gerszewski@gov.ok.gov>
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Mary Fallin Press Itinerary for the Week of July 10 (Attachment)
To:
Date: Friday, July 8, 2011, 3:02 PM

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Alex Weintz, Communications Director

Alex.Weintz@gov.ok.gov

(405) 522-8819

Aaron Cooper, Press Secretary

Aaron.Cooper@gov.ok.gov

(405) 522-8878

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 8, 2011

*** Media Advisory ***

Governor Mary Fallin Press Itinerary for the Week of July 10

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The following is a list of events at which Governor Mary Fallin will appear the week of July 10. Please note:  while the following events are open to the media, they are not necessarily open to the public.

 

Sunday, July 10

5:30 to 7p.m. – Four Star Debate with Gen. Tommy Franks. This event is a kick-off of a weeklong leadership program for high school students at the Governor’s Pavilion on the Governor’s mansion grounds (820 NE 23rd St). At approximately 5:30 pm, General Tommy Franks will introduce Governor Fallin, who will give welcoming remarks and talk about the principles of leadership. Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Rita Aragon will also be speaking. Media wishing to attend must RSVP to press@gov.ok.gov with the names of those attending. Parking is available at Gate 104, East of Lincoln Avenue (see attached map for details).  

 

Tuesday, June 12

4 to 6 p.m. – Grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Ponca City University Center at 2800 N. 14th St. Ponca City, OK. At approximately 4:20 Governor Fallin will speak on the importance of higher education and the benefits of the new facility.

 

Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17

Governor Fallin will be attending the National Governor’s Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Governors from across the country will gather to discuss state’s role in supporting education, fostering innovation and increasing competitiveness during the 103rd annual meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).

July 12, 2011

UPDATE! Now 2 Videos – U.S. Governors Selling Us to China

Recently, OK-SAFE had the opportunity to interview award-winning investigative reporter, researcher, and analyst Vince Wade on America in the Balance.  (Link here.)

This followed our of interview of Prof. William “Bill” Kauffman, retired, Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, who re-counted some of the university’s activities with regard to the Chinese – including the sharing of sensitive defense technology.

Both are contributors to a site we all should become familiar with – http://www.china-threat.com.

Vince has produced the first two in a series of three videos dealing with the “Chinafication” of America – the first, entitled U.S. Governors Selling Us to China,  is now at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kaUcwy27Ck

This particular video highlights the National Governors Association’s first U.S.-China Governors Forum to be held this week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The second video, entitled U.S. Governors- The Great American Sellout, is now available at this link: http://www.youtube.com/user/vincewadeusa1?blend=3&ob=5#p/u/0/nO1ROoDcfFw

Are you asking the right questions of your governor about their intentions with Chinese investment in your state?

July 10, 2011

U.S.-China – Selling US Out

OK-SAFE, Inc. 7/8/11 – The following itemizes some, and only some, of the activities the federal and state governments, and universities, are actively engaged in that demonstrate the deepening involvement with the Communist Chinese (and with Russia), particularly through a mechanism called “foreign direct investment.”

Foreign direct investment is defined as “investment in the United States by foreign citizens; often involves majority stock ownership of an enterprise;” and “joint ventures between foreign and U.S. companies.” Read more.

January 2011 – U.S. State Department Signs MOU Creating U.S.-China Governors Forum and commits the U.S. to increased sub-national cooperation. NGA partners with Chinese group to develop agenda here and in China.

February 26, 2011 – National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2011, held in Washington D.C. featured Party Secretary Zhou Chiang of the Hunan Province. NGA Chair, Governor Christine Gregoire (WA), formalized the earlier MOU stating, “Secretary Zhou will join Governor Heineman and myself, along with Madam Lee in signing an accord that will establish a U.S./China Governors Forum.”

May 11, 2011China, U.S. co-op in promoting transformation of economic development pattern has significance for future: WASHINGTON, May 10 (Xinhua) – “The cooperation between China and the United States in promoting transformation of economic development pattern has significance for the future, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said here Tuesday. China has made it clear that we will take adjustment of economic structure as the direction for accelerating the transformation of economic development pattern,” Zhang Xiaoqiang, the Vice Minister of NDRC said in a press conference during the third-round China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), which kicked off on Monday.”

May 2011Building U.S. China Environmental Commitment,” May 2011 Conference at the University of Michigan.

May 24, 2011Smart Grid: San Diego Gas and Electric signs MOU with Russian Federation. Did anyone see this notice in May? The Mayor of San Diego and the San Diego Gas & Electric Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Belgorod in the Russian Federation as part of a Smart Grid Partnership Program. MOU here.

June 13-17, 2011Next Stop America! Conference held in Beijing and Shanghai. Described as “a comprehensive guide to the operational, legal, branding, professional, financing and investment services needed to launch and expand your company in America, through a world-class faculty” this training included one training session entitled  ‘Leveraging Incentives and Governmental Relations’.

June 16-18, 2011Opening plenary comments at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, held in St. Petersburg, Russia included statements by Hu Jintao, President of the Peoples Republic of China, advocating for more global economic governance, a more “balanced” trading regime, and opposition “to all forms of protectionism.”

July 14-17, 2011U.S.-China Trade, Culture & Education Conference 2011, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at The Little America Hotel.  “US-China 2011 will focus on academic and business development and exchanges in areas such as renewable energy technologies, green technologies, next generation information technologies, bio-science and life science technologies, advanced materials, high-end manufacturing technologies, and mining technologies.”  One session includes one-on-one meetings between China and U.S. business/government officials.

July 15-17, 2011 – National Governors Association (NGA) U.S. – China Governors Forum, also in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be held across the street from the conference cited above at the 5-star Grand America Hotel. It is set to include one-on-one pairing of U.S. Governors with Chinese provincial party secretaries and Governors.  The pairings, called “peer-to-peer exchanges,” aim to “strengthen bilateral cooperation.” Topics are to include items of “mutual interest,” i. e. “job creation, education, health and economic cooperation.”

July 29, 2011 – 2011 EB-5 Investment Summit: Dealmakers Summit – What is an EB-5 Visa?  It’s buying citizenship. “The federal EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program has been created to allow foreign investors to invest in commercial enterprises in the U.S. in exchange for a chance for them and their families to become legal permanent residents in the U.S. To date, over 140 EB-5 regional centers have been designated by the U.S. government and many more local commercial real estate developers and economic development agencies are actively seeking alternative capital to fund its projects. As a result of this unique federal program, several billion dollars in investment has brought into various projects and tens of thousands of American jobs have been created throughout the country.”

September 13-14, 2011The State Chamber’s 2011 Washington D.C. Fly-In.  Topic? “This year’s Washington, D.C. Fly-in will focus on “The New Realities” facing Oklahoma and the nation.  From economic and budget realities to health care and global challenges, the realities facing the business community are unlike any in American history. Washington and the world are changing, and this year’s fly-in will give us a chance to hear from industry and political leaders about what we can expect in the year ahead and beyond.”
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The above is only a partial list of activities in which our “leaders” are engaged. They pooh-pooh and ridicule alarmed citizens’ concerns about where this is ultimately headed: the dramatic decline of the U.S., elevation of “Technology” to a god-like position, and “foreign” interests treated as superior to our own.

Our children are being taught that this change is right, inevitable, and a natural progression of world affairs.

This change has been orchestrated and the end-game is clear – the end of America as we’ve known it.  Are we willing to turn back to the one true God yet?
Acts 17:30-31  “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed….”

UPDATE on Sleeping with the Enemy – NGA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah – July 2011

A few updates on OK-SAFE blog post Sleeping with the Enemy -National Governors Association to Pair U.S. Governors and  Chinese Party Leaders, dated 6/7/11.

1)  A Media Advisory issued July 8th by the Governor’s office has confirmed that Governor Mary Fallin will be attending the NGA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah July 13-17, 2011.


Up to now, calls and emails to OK Governor Mary Fallin questioning her participation at the upcoming NGA U.S.-China Governors Forum in Salt Lake City, Utah have gone unanswered.

Additional emails and calls are needed now that her attendance has been confirmed – just exactly what are her intentions at this conference?

Phone: 405-521-2342, 800-865-5853

Email: info@gov.ok.gov

2)  Calls and emails are needed to Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, who answered “Yes” to the question “Is your office planning to actively seek foreign direct investment in the state of Oklahoma?”

Phone: 405-521-2161

Email: info@gov.ok.gov, attention Lt. Gov. Lamb.

3)  Missing MOU document Found: The MOU Creating the U.S.-China Governors Forum was noticeably absent from the U.S. State Department’s website a full 6 months after its announcement. After repeated inquiries, this document is now available on the U.S. State Department’s website. Details on the OK-SAFE blog.

Getting it Right – “Ohio Gov. John Kasich has decided to drop out of the National Governors Association. With state finances tighter than tight, he wants to save the dues of $176,000 a year…. The Kasich administration will leave the bipartisan group at the end of this month. He will not attend its annual conference in July in Salt Lake City.” Rest here.

Too bad OK Governor Fallin didn’t make the same decision.

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Interview with Prof. William Kauffman on America in the Balance

Guest Prof. William “Bill” Kauffman, Retired, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, President, Explosion Research and Investigation Corporation, was forced into retirement when he began questioning the University’s ties with Communist Chinese, including sharing defense technology. Kauffman is a contributor to the china-threat.com website.

 

July 7, 2011

Missing MOU now on U.S. State Dept. website

On January 19, 2011 the U.S. State Department announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating a U.S.-China Governors Forum.

While fact sheets and summaries were available, including photos of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, and press conferences were held announcing this document by State Dept. officials, the actual MOU was noticeably missing.

Numerous phone calls and requests for the missing document to State’s Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis’ office, the official announcing the MOU,  were unsuccessful.  OK-SAFE then made a request through Congressman John Sullivan’s office on June 28, 2011; two days later, a legislative assistant in Sullivan’s D.C. office provided a link to a pdf version of the missing MOU.  This link was provided to him by a contact in the State Department.

Wonder of wonders, this MOU is also now available on the State Department page with the other documents pertaining to the U.S. China Governors Forum. (It wasn’t there January – June of 2011 – interesting.)

Here’s a direct link to MOU in pdf format: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/167499.pdf

The National Governors Association sponsored U.S.-China Governors forum is scheduled for July 15-17, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah and will be held at the 5-star Grand America Hotel.

The NGA event coincides with the U.S.-China 2011 Conference on Trade,Education, and Culture, to be held at the Little America Hotel, directly across the street from the NGA event, July 14-17, 2011.

Both events advertise pairing up of U.S. officials with Chinese counterparts. (See the OK-SAFE blog post entitled “Sleeping With the Enemy” for more details.)

Citizens in all states have been asked to contact their governor and ask whether they plan to attend either of these conferences and if so, just what their intentions are regarding foreign direct investment, or other types of partnerships with the Communist Chinese.

June 29, 2011

Office of the Historian – Researchers Dream

This goes under the category of “You learn something new everyday.”

It is safe to say that most researchers operate as a sort of combination detective/historian. They love the thrill of the hunt and don’t mind reading what would bore most other people to death. They want to know the facts about what, when, where, how, and why certain things happen. And who did it.

They seek source documents and love archives – whether the dusty boxed kind in poorly lit warehouses or the tidy electronic kind available in pdf format. Source documents and originals paperwork, necessary for sound research, is a thrill to get access to and better than ice cream.

Not having to pay for it is another.

Check out the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department website.  This site and it’s contents were discovered while studying the FOIA law on the State Dept. website.

(Digging into this State Dept. FOIA process was necessary because one of our document requests is getting nowhere.  It seems the State Dept. is having a hard time disclosing the actual Memorandum of Understanding Creating the U.S.-China Governors Forum, announced on January 19, 2011 by Sec. Clinton. This forum, sponsored by the National Governors Association and a Chinese group, is to meet in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 15-17, 2011 at the 5-star Grand American Hotel. For details on this event see the “Sleeping With the Enemy” post below.)

The Office of the Historian has lots of information, with one section called Foreign Relations of the United States, listing four administrations: the Kennedy Administration (includes pre-Kennedy documents); the Johnson Administration; and two Nixon-Ford administrations (the Nixon/Agnew/Ford years, and the Nixon/Ford/Rockefeller years.)

The Nixon-Ford eras are important because we are living with the results of having developed intimate relationships with what were the Communist bloc countries – the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.  It is important to understand how the U.S. developed its current interdependency with the Chinese; this means one needs to understand Henry A. Kissinger, the man present before, during and after the Nixon-Ford years and instrumental in directing policy decisions regarding both the Soviet Union and “Red China”, as it is referred to in several of these archived documents.

Kissinger really liked the communists. And still does.

Click the link to historical Documents on Foreign Relations of the United States to see the four Administrations noted above.

Click Status of the Series to see new and upcoming additions:

Foreign Relations of the United States: Status of the Series

Volumes Published in 2011 (1)

  1. 1969–1976, Volume E–12, Documents on East and Southeast Asia, 1973–1976 (March 3)

Volumes Published in 2010 (6)

  1. 1969–1976, Volume XIX, Part 1, Korea, 1969–1972 (May 4)
  2. 1969–1976, Volume VIII, Vietnam, January–October 1972 (June 24)
  3. 1969–1976, Volume VII, Vietnam, July 1970–January 1972 (September 8)
  4. 1969–1976, Volume IX, Vietnam, October 1972–January 1973 (September 16)
  5. 1969–1976, Volume X, Vietnam, January 1973–July 1975 (September 23)
  6. 1969–1976, Volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972 (November 5)

This last item – SALT I – is where the U.S. began to disarm while the Soviets built up armament.  Kissinger helped negotiate this treaty.

Bookmark this site – and dig in.

June 22, 2011

Next Stop: America – Chinese CEO’s Eye American real estate

Research on the deepening U.S. involvement with the communist Chinese revealed this:  the Next Stop America China 2011 conference promoted by a members-only organization called Golden Networking.

Golden is right since the focus of the conference is to instruct Chinese CEO’s how to invest in U.S. commercial and residential real estate, including a session called Leveraging Incentives and Government Relations.

Just in time to scoop up home foreclosures or those urban properties local municipalities are so anxious to develop?

Below is the Golden Networking description of the Next Stop America China 2011 conference:  (www.nextstopamerica.com, click Business Receptions, then scroll down through the list of events to see this one.):

Beijing: June 13th-14th 2011, InterContinental Beijing Beichen
Shanghai: June 16th-17th 2011, Radisson Blu Hotel Pudong Century Park

Download Information Package


“Next Stop America China Conference 2011 is a comprehensive guide to the operational, legal, branding, professional, financing and investment services needed to launch and expand your company in America, through a world-class faculty:

  • Structuring your Operations and Supply Chain: Michael A. Zakkour, Principal, Tompkins/Technomic Asia
  • Practical Understanding of Legal Issues: Dan Harris, Principal, Harris and Moure
  • The Secret Sauce for U.S. Branding and Marketing: Scott Markman, President, The Monogram Group
  • Leveraging Incentives and Government Relations: Michael Press, President, Michael Press Consulting
  • Overview of US Economy and Investment Environment and The Private Equity and Venture Capital Landscape: Ann Lee, Adjunct Professor of Economics and Finance, New York University
  • The Art and Science of Successful M&A in America: Tripp Davis, Partner, 7 Mile Advisors
  • Planning a Successful (and Rewarding) IPO on a U.S. Exchange: Lijie Zhu, Managing Director, Dragon Gate Investment Partners
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Investing in America: Bruce Fogelson, Co-Chair, Roosevelt University China Initiative

As China transitions from a low cost manufacturing country to a well rounded economy that includes services and overseas expansion, the reality of landing your firm in America is here.

If Chinese business owners and CEOs are going to heed the government’s call to become more innovative, to create Chinese brands and to take their businesses abroad, they must understand what it takes to succeed in foreign markets and in the United States, in particular. Chinese business owners have been reluctant to take their businesses to America because they are uncertain about the market requirements and rules of doing business in America. Next Stop America China Conference 2011 will address what Chinese business owners need to know to enter and to actually succeed in the United States.” End of excerpt.

This event precedes the upcoming  U.S.-China 2011 trade conference, scheduled for July 14-17, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This conference is to focus on trade, culture and education. Saturday’s agenda includes 3-hour session for U.S./China one-on-one business meetings.

What a coincidence that the National Governors Association (NGA) will be sponsoring the U.S.-China Governors Forum* right across the street at their own conference with Chinese party officials.  This NGA closed-door meeting includes one-on-one pairing with Chinese party officials to develop agreements on job creation, education, health and economic development.

We’re in trouble here.

*Repeated requests for a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding creating the U.S.-China Governors Forum, announced on the U.S. State Department’s website, have gone unanswered.  This effort will continue to be pursued by OK-SAFE.

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