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.
Recent News and Updates:
On Tuesday, January 30th, USHCA leadership was featured in a panel on the potential for collaboration between the U.S. and China in the realm of healthcare innovation. This dialogue was part of the Cabot Corporation–Xinsheng Zhang Lectureship series, organized by Washington University and facilitated by the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.
On January 9th and 10th, 2024, USHCA representatives attended the Forum in Honor of Jimmy Carter & the 45th Anniversary of U.S.-China Relations. The Carter Center hosted this event to commemorate the leadership and foresight of President Jimmy Carter who worked in partnership with Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to reestablish ties between the U.S. and China in 1979.
On December 4th, 2023, USHCA had the honor of hosting a delegation from Hubei in Chicago, Illinois. The delegation, led by Director General Xiang Keqiang of the province’s Agricultural Development Center, visited the Heartland to meet with USHCA and explore opportunities for agricultural trade cooperation between the U.S. and Hubei Province.
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Advocating for the U.S. 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 the 21 states stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. There are over 430 Fortune 1000 companies 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.