The inaugural PHL-China Connections dinner on April 20th, 2017 introduced the 12 PHL-China People-to-People Leader institutions at the vanguard of the PHL-China Alliance.
This event generated 2 minutes of prime-time TV news coverage on Shanghai's KanKaNews (Phoenix Group). The Mandarin-language KanKaNews broadcast can be viewed here and English language transcript can be viewed here.
PHL - China P2P Leaders
(Left to right)
Science Center, Franklin Institute, Drexel University, PA Gov's Office, USDOC, CPGP, PRC Mission,
The Philadelphia Orchestra, University of Pennsylvania, Eisenhower Fellowships, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Supported by more than two dozen leading PHL-based organizations (founding members of the PHL-China Alliance), the April 20th dinner also launched the PHL-China Alliance's year-long program by advancing initiatives in people-to-people exchange, cultural leadership, clean energy innovation, trade & investment leadership, as well as healthcare and media initiatives.
These program initiatives (and their deliverables) share two important features in common:
(1) they leverage a competitively-selected, bi-nationally-supported EcoPartnership between the public/private partnership of the City of Philadelphia's Commerce Department & China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, and the Tianjin Economic-technological Development Area (TEDA) in Philadelphia's Sister City of Tianjin, China; and
(2) they are organized to showcase PHL region leadership on five official platforms of U.S.-China bi-national cooperation (in the fields of people-to-people relations, city-based climate change leadership, ecopartnership, inbound direct investment, and wetlands cooperation).
Left - Benjamin Franklin
Top right - CPGP Founder Terry Cooke,
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Mayor Jim Kenney
Bottom right - The Franklin Institute (venue)
Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, the Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, cited five advantages which the Philadelphia brand has over other U.S. cities:
Known as the birthplace of American independence
Famous for Nixon sending its Orchestra in 1973 to advance normalization of relations
Renowned for its top universities, including an Ivy ranked among top 10 universities globally
Recently recognized as the first World Heritage City in the U.S.
Soon to host the world-famous Terracotta Warriors from another World Heritage City, Xi'an