December 2017 Iowa-China Business Forum and its 15th anniversary celebration were held. Participants include Terry Brystad, former governor of Iowa and current U.S. ambassador to China, Matt Baven, governor of Kentucky, Kim Reynolds, governor of Iowa, Bill Noci, Iowa Minister of Agriculture, Ken Kun, former US Ambassador and chairman of World Food Awards. In addition, many presidents of universities, corporate presidents, community leaders and outstanding students also attended. In the celebration VIA was awarded with US-China Education Leadership Award by Iowa state government and Iowa-China Business Forum.
Organizers: Iowa Chinese Association, Iowa-China Business Forum, Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit.
Sponsors: American Asian News Bureau, Sa Ying Account Firm, Kimberley Farm, PYLI, Ten Square International, Inc, US Education Without Borders.
The forum was held in Embassy Club with long history which is located in the center of Des Moines. Dozens of VIP from different walks attended this forum.
An award process was specially designed to commend outstanding business leaders and institutions in Iowa and other American states which promoted US-China business and education cooperation. VIA was awarded with US-China Education Leadership Award, which is a kind of recognition and encouragement for VIA’s efforts to establish American high schools that combines the basic requirements and characteristics of Chinese education, to build a platform for Chinese students to enter the US elite and learn about American culture in an all-round way, also to promote the communication between Chinese and American teenagers.
Lu Wei, VIA’s President (the second one from the right) receives the award.
From the left to the right: Ken Kun, Kim Reynolds, Terry Brystad, Luwei, Matt Baven.
The forum focused on the future of US-China relationship, the effect of China reform on American business, prospects for 2018 China business, the effect of China economy reform on global economy, Chinese innovation and security policy, China international economic strategy and American corresponding responses, etc.
Iowa is very close to China and has close co-operation with China in business as well as culture interaction. In 1980, Guangdong provincial secretary Xi Zhongxun visited Iowa. In 1985, Xi JInping, who is County Party Secretary of Zhengding, Hebei at that time, with his team inspected Iowa agriculture. In 2012, Xi revisited Iowa as vice president, he visited Rick Kimberley’s farm, which is regarded a model of American modern farms. And Rick Kimberley who visited China for many times and established a model farm in Hebei, China is much respected in China
After the celebration, VIA’s president Luwei was invited to Kimberley farm together with some other participants. On the way to the farm Kimberley showed that he really appreciates VIA’s success in introducing American education to China. Kimberley is also familiar with VIA China CEO, Dr. Chen who graduates from Iowa State University.
Rick Kimberley and LuWei
Rick Kimberley, Rick Kimberley’s wife and LuWei
This forum collects American high quality resource of business, agriculture, culture and so on, which builds a platform for communication and cooperation. The government officials, members of the two chambers of commerce, business people, heads of chambers of commerce, experts and scholars, all kinds of associations can work together and welcome the win-win era.
The forum was paid much attention to by mainstream media. It is reported by VOA, Des Moines Register, People’s Daily, AANB, World Journal, etc.