Spring Comes to New York
- In nature, spring is a time of rebalancing, from which comes renewal and life. More or less, it’s when winter and summer – yin and yang - renegotiate, and so, it’s the perfect time for east and west to celebrate together. On March 16, The China Business Network teamed up with the China Center and China Daily for such a celebration.
Opening remarks by Janet Carmosky
Good evening to all.
I am your emcee tonight, my name is Janet Carmosky and I am CEO of The China Business Network, which is a community for everyone doing business between China and the West.
On behalf of our hosts tonight - China Daily and China Center New York- welcome to “Spring Comes to New York 2010”. The coming of Spring is to be a universal cause for celebration. We’re ready to go outside without the coats. Feel warmth, hear birds, see leaves….
In nature, spring is a time of rebalancing, from which comes renewal and life. More or less, it’s when winter and summer – yin and yang - renegotiate, and so, it’s the perfect time for east and west to celebrate together.
Having said that, tonight, we should all put away the negotiating and the renegotiating that our lives as business people entail. Nothing to manage, report on, or clean up tonight. Just enjoy the food, the music, and especially the company. Catch up with your old friends and make some new ones. Just to provide an incentive, any guest who makes a few new friends tonight can enter the drawing for a few really fabulous gifts.…three copies of China Speakers Bureau A Changing China
, which happens to have my picture on the cover; two copies of China Daily’s gorgeous book of historical news photographs 1949-2009; and..contributed by China Center, a pair of courtside Nets tickets for the March 26 game against the Detroit Pistons. Stay tuned!
New York is capital of America’s financial, media, and real estate sectors and so we have a growing population of expat business people from China. They are here to build bridges that continue China’s economic and social integration into the larger world. Bringing skills and resources, ideas, energy, and visions of a world where China – as in many past eras - has a central role to play on the global stage – they also need us to make it happen.
Having spent most of my adult life working and living in China, I understand expat life. I lived many years in Shanghai and I know that nothing I did, as part of a western organization, would take root unless it was facilitated by and integrated with what was all around us. Which was China. (Or at least Shanghai, which is representative of China as New York is of America.) So those of us who want to be part of integrating and blending Chinese business into our culture and economy are key. If we want to be useful, we have to bring appropriate access to the resources, talents and structures we have in place. We need to reach out and listen, to be constructive, and to hang in there while we all figure out how to do this. The rebalancing is important, and it is a new effort, and it is a multi-point to multi-point endeavor.
The hosts of Spring Comes to New York are major forces in the business community, and now fully focused on the path of rebalancing.
First, China Center of New York. This building, 7 WTC, on the 33rd floor, is where China Center is opening its marketing center. And the Freedom Tower floors 42-47 are the future home of the fully built Center. China Center will be a base of operations and a home away from home for Chinese on business here, just as the two China Center locations in Beijing are now a comfortable and flexible space for business travellers in Beijing. We will hear from Xue Ya, President of China Center, a bit later tonight.
Second, China Daily, the venerable English daily established in 1981 for the specific purpose of helping a growing number of English speaking expats to connect better with China. Here they are in the USA now, expanding distribution to reach English speakers who are not expats, to connect better with China.
I moved to China in 1985, 4 years after the first China Daily issue, and 3 years after my first Chinese lesson. China Daily was a smoothly written read, in my native language, defining precisely what the government wanted me, as a foreigner, to know. It was more or less the only English I saw. My Chinese got better, and I picked up knowledge through conversation, osmosis, and increasingly, Chinese language media. 25 years later, there’s a lot more coverage to scan. I can read many sources, in Chinese and English, on the internet and in print. And it’s helpful to see the spectrum, where every writer and publication has some position reliably orthodox and relentlessly critical. Yet when I want to know the frame of reference and the tone of China’s approach to the west, China Daily is still my True North. So, if you don’t subscribe, you probably should. The senior management of China Daily USA are here tonight and I’m sure they’ll sign you up.
We are also fortunate to have Mr. Gao Anming, secretary general of China Daily, who came from Beijing to be here with us tonight.
Third, Lawrence Tian, CEO of CIFCO, and the founder of China’s commodities futures market, is here with us tonight. His company is the third sponsor for Spring Comes to NY 2010. For those of you who follow commodities, you may know that China’s commodities market, as of a few months ago, has overtaken the USA as the largest commodities market in the world. We wish Mr Tian well with his USA business objectives.
So now, without further ado, enjoy the view, the food, the entertainment, and each other’s company.
我叫Janet Carmosky, 是今天晚会的主持人。我是中国商务网络的总裁，中国商务网是对华商务人士的社区网。
首先，我代表今天晚会的主办方，中国日报和China Center 欢迎各位和我们一起享受“春至纽约2010”晚会。春天的到来是万众喜庆的日子，让我们一起轻装，感受春天的温暖，倾听小鸟唱歌，畅饮绿啤酒。
今晚的另一位主办方是大名鼎鼎的，创办于上世纪八十年代创的，致力于为在中国的外籍人士更好的了解中国的 “中国日报”。 现在他们为让美国人更好地了解中国他们来到美国纽约。
The China Center's press release
China Center was a co-organizer for the “Spring Comes to New York” celebration on March 16. The company celebrated the occasion with New York’s brightest China-business community for its moving into the 33rd floor of Seven World Trade Center and the launching of phase I operations.
Ms. Xue Ya, President of China Center, extended sincere gratitude to the clients and friends of the company for their unyielding supports over the years. She said the historic momentum of US-China economic and cultural exchanges reaffirmed the direction China Center set for itself since its inception in 2003. China Center serves as a platform for multinational companies seeking business in the US and China markets, providing business space and value services.
China Center is a high-profile business service provider for multinational companies in Beijing and New York. In March 2009, it locked into a 22-year lease with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for its operational space on 5 floors in One World Trade Center. Upon completion in 2014, the future China Center ventures to be state-of-the-art business facilities targeting the China-business market.
While awaits its future luxury home to complete, China Center kicked off its phase I operations with its transitional office moving onto 33rd floor of Seven World Trade Center, overlooking the construction site of Freedom Tower. China Center recently opened two business centers in Beijing, one in the white-hot CBD area, one in Beijing’s Financial Street. Its Beijing operations, Vantone Commercial Center
, have signed on tenants such as New York State government office in Beijing, Rutgers University EMBA program.
China Center is the brain baby of China’s real estate tycoon Mr. Feng Lun. Feng, chairman of Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., Ltd, and Vantone Industrial Co., Ltd, invested millions of dollars into this project.
Mr. Feng said: “We will offer high-level professional and personal support services, making the overseas expansion process as seamless as possible and providing tenants with the valuable on-site expertise and familiar comforts necessary to make the China Center the unequivocal center of Chinese corporate and cultural life in New York City.”
Remarks by Mr. Gao Anming, Secretary-General and Board Member of China Daily
Deputy Consul General Dong Xiaojun, Ms. Xue Ya, distinguished guests, colleagues from China Center and China Business Network, ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome you all to join us here to celebrate the first anniversary of China Daily US Edition, and launch of news business at the China Center. I’m honored by your presence and all of us at China Daily are happy that you can share this special moment with us.
Only slightly more than a year ago, China Daily US Edition was launched in New York, with a sincere hope to present a more comprehensive, balanced and accurate picture of China to our audience. It came at a time when the whole world was shivering in a cold spell from the financial woes, to which China Daily was certainly not immune, and the traditional print media came under increasing challenge from the new media. However, we did not hesitate, and moved forward, because it was our strong belief that the world’s most developed country does need to know more from the world’s most populous nation, and so long as we stick to our consistent pursuit for perfection in content building, we will find our niche in an increasingly competitive market. Now, after a year of exploration, we have emerged from the economic chaos and the troubled water facing the print media stronger and smarter. Reaching out to more than 10,000 opinion leaders every day, the US edition gets another strong boost on Mar. 1, 2010 with a brand new paper layout and an inspiring new tagline: China’s Global Newspaper, together with its flagship China edition. It was China Daily’s biggest facelift since it was founded in 1981, when the country’s reform and opening endeavor was inaugurated. Working closely with overseas media and art experts, many of whom from the States, China Daily hopes to keep our readers better informed with our new design and in-depth coverage of China and the world.
China and the United States are poised to hold one of the world’s most important bilateral ties. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in early 1970s, bilateral interchanges have not always been smooth sailing, with twists and turns from time to time. And only recently, we have run into some snags The question hence arises: What can we at China Daily do to contribute to this relationship and help keep it staying on the even keel, which I believe not only will benefit the two countries, but also the world as a whole. My answer is: keeping telling China stories and telling it well. This is where our mission lies.
It has always been China Daily's DNA to tell the world about what's going on in China and what China thinks. But the US edition faces even more daunting challenges. How can we compete against the ever increasing China coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and even the Huffington Post? How can we add more values to our readers than the Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs, and Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek do? How can we tap the potential of the new media that is pioneered by Apples, Googles and Facebooks of the world? And how can we maintain our first-starter advantage as the leading English-language media from China in this highly competitive market? We have some answers to these questions, but for the rest we need to keep exploring the most effective solutions. And in this regard we need your continued support. We need you to be the critics, the ombudsman and our contributors. We hope you may share with us your experience, your vision and your wisdom. Well, enough said about ourselves. Hope you enjoy the food, music and company of partners and friends. We wish to thank you again for coming this evening, please continue to keep an eye on us. Thank you.