Not all bridges are built of concrete and steel.
Equally important bridges are built on friendship, cultural communion and commercial cooperation.
Where these bridges exist, communities flourish.
Advocating for the US Heartland since 2003
USHCA is building bridges
by focusing on trust-building efforts to connect educational and community interests; business leaders; and local governmental officials with like-minded institutions between the American Heartland Region and China.
Originally the Midwest U.S.-China Foundation, USHCA was founded by U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson (IL); John Rodgers, Lawyer and Professor, and Governor Bob Holden (MO), former Chairman of the Midwest Governors Association.
USHCA covers 20 states that stretch from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. 430 Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in 84 of the cities within the Heartland region. Our mayors lead 37 of the 100 largest cities in the United States. Our national GDP ranks 1st in the world. Remove our region from this analysis and the European Union would rank 1st, China 2nd, United States 3rd.
HAINAN: CHINA'S HAWAII AND WORLD'S LARGEST FREE TRADE ZONE
Is Hainan the next Singapore? Or a newer and bigger one? Questions like these have been bubbling up ever since Hainan Province, China’s only tropical island, became China’s largest Free Trade Zone. Often referred to as the “Hawaii of the Orient”, Hainan is not only the world’s most dynamic tourism destination with a projected 80 million Chinese domestic visitors alone in 2021 but also the largest “lab” of the latest sustainable development experiment of the Chinese government.
September 16th, 2021 / 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EDT
Economic transformation in both the U.S. and China has created winners and losers in its respective society. While some regions are thriving, others have struggled. In this joint event organized by LRCCS, USHCA, and Taubman, we have invited the leading experts on shrinking cities to explore the lessons learned from the post-industrial shrinking cities in both the U.S. and China and how both countries are learning to help the communities that are left behind in the face of technology and global changes.
This webinar will also be in part to celebrate the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies’s 60th anniversary.
July 27th, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST
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St. Louis, a city that is best known for the Gateway Arch National Park and the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team, also holds a very special place in U.S.-China relations. St. Louis and its Chinese sister city –
U.S.-China Educational Exchanges have brought tremendous benefits to both countries in the past four decades. But growing geopolitical tension and the pandemic have upended traditional models of exchange in many ways. College and university leaders, who have played an important role in developing positive relationships between these two nations for decades, are especially aware of the importance of positive communications, productive dialogues, and continued educational exchanges between the world’s two largest economies for their communities, institutions, faculties, and students.