Oregon Senator Appointed to Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Washington, DC, April 18, 2011 – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley is part of a bipartisan congressional delegation traveling to China over the April work period. The group arrived in Hong Kong today.

The trip, led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, will meet with government officials and do site visits of American investments and clean energy projects in Chengdu, Beijing and Xi’An. During meetings with Chinese officials, the group will discuss issues including clean energy, trade, currency, foreign policy, and human rights.

Other members participating are Senators Richard Shelby (AL), Barbara Boxer (CA), Dick Durbin (IL), Mike Enzi (WY), Chuck Schumer (NY), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Johnny Isakson (GA) and Michael Bennet (CO).

“The U.S.-China relationship is possibly the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st Century. With its rapidly growing economy, China is one of Oregon’s largest trading partners. As both a partner and competitor – such as in the area of clean energy technology – China presents opportunities and challenges for the U.S,” said Merkley. “Without a doubt, U.S.-China cooperation will be needed to tackle the key global problems of the day - from energy and economic security to nuclear nonproliferation and terrorism. Seeing its rapid changes first hand and meeting its leaders are key to understanding this complex society and developing the lines of communication we need to work together. I hope to use this trip to further my knowledge of China and help build relationships that will benefit the working people and businesses of Oregon going forward.”

Merkley was also recently appointed by Senator Reid to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). CECC was created by Congress in October 2000 with the legislative mandate to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China, and to submit an annual report to the President and the Congress. The Commission consists of nine Senators, nine Members of the House of Representatives, and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President. 

Julie Edwards Communications Director Office of Senator Jeff Merkley: 202-224-3753 (office) • 202-380-6986 (cell)

Oregon Business Magazine, April 2011

"The China Connection: From Biomass To Buildings, Chinese Investors Want a Piece of Oregon"

Foreign Capital: Chinese investors put their money - and hopes of Green Cards - in Oregon

Business & Legislative Activity that Opens Our Door With China

Brammo earns awards

One of our local business links with China is taking off...with electricity!

"Ashland electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo earned two mentions in the Best of 2010 Awards released this week."

Wine MOU with US States of Oregon and Washington

The southern Oregon wine industry is growing and hopes to export products to China.

Here is an action step in that direction.

Wine MOU with US States of Oregon and Washington Unlocks New Opportunity for Industry

“Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mrs. Rita Lau, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Wine-related Businesses (MOU) with the visiting Secretary of Commerce of the United States, Gary Locke, on May 17, 2010 in Hong Kong.”

For more information contact:

Carolyn S. Hill, CEO Southern Oregon Visitors Association

(541) 552-0520 • fax (541) 552-1073 • cell (541) 890-7842

The Seattle Times Article:

Northwest wineries seek growing Chinese market

Hong Kong and mainland China are developing a strong thirst for wine, and Washington and Oregon are hoping for a taste of those growing markets.

By GEORGE TIBBITS Associated Press Writer

2010 Legislative and Business Trade Delegation to China!

The 2010 Legislative and Business Trade Delegation to China is scheduled for August 30th to September 10th, 2010. This follows the very successful June 3-6, 2010 Chinese delegation’s visit to southern Oregon and develops additional economic and educational opportunities for Oregon and China.

Please see below for the itinerary of this Legislative & Business Trade Delegation.

This trade delegation of Oregon Legislators and business leaders will: • enhance the credibility of Oregon companies, such Air Rescue Systems, with their Chinese business partners in Shanghai, • enhance Oregon’s educational relationships with Hanban—Confucius Classroom Headquarters in Beijing and with Zhengzhou University in Henan Province, • provide significant exposure by attending the Oregon booth at the 2010 China International Trade and Investment Fair (CIFIT) in Xiamen, the main port city of Oregon’s sister-state, Fujian Province, • provide a major PR and networking opportunity on September 1st designated as Oregon Day at the World Expo’s American Pavilion in Shanghai (applied for).