On May 8, 2017, the Washington State China Relations Council hosted the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) delegation, which was in the United States to learn about U.S. philanthropy.
The delegation was headed by Niu Gensheng and Wang Zhenyao. Mr. Niu, the founder of Mengniu Dairy Group and member of The Giving Pledge, established the Lao Niu Foundation with assets amounting to $1 billion. A grant from the Lao Niu Foundation helped established CGPI in partnership with Bill Gates and other Chinese philanthropists in 2015. Dr. Wang, Dean of the Beijing Normal University One Foundation Philanthropy Research institute, is CGPI’s first president. CGPI aims to advance philanthropy in China by improving professional standards, strengthening international dialogue and cooperation, and promoting innovation.
A cornerstone of CGPI is the Global Philanthropy Leaders Program, which features a study trip to the United States for wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs who are new to the philanthropy sector. The study trip was the second of its kind, bringing together 40 delegates worth RMB 100 billion in combined wealth.
As Dr. Wang explained, “These delegates are my students and they represent a new generation of wealth and philanthropy in China. Some have decided to do charitable work. They share the same mission of CGPI, to be engaged in cooperative philanthropy work between China and the United States and with other countries. Much of the U.S. experience in philanthropic giving can be brought to bear on China.”
Over a ten-day trip, the delegation visited Boston, New York City, and Seattle. At Harvard University, the delegates participated in a program on leadership effectiveness. Through a two-night stay at the Rockefeller estate in New York, the delegation learned about the Rockefeller family’s contributions and how to pass wealth on for generations.
The purpose of the Seattle portion of the trip was to learn about innovation in philanthropy. In Seattle, the delegation visited Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, the Gates Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, and the University of Washington.
Mr. Niu elaborated, “The Washington State China Relations Council is engaged in activities to advance cooperation between the U.S. and China, in the realm of trade, culture, and education. And the evergreen state is also a great backdrop for growing U.S.-China philanthropic cooperation.”
“There are differing trends in Asia and among Asians versus Asian-Americans. There has been a real increase in giving among Chinese-Americans, especially in the last two years,” explained the third program speaker, Dr. Victor Kuo – founder of VK Global Advising and the lead researcher for the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative, a study of over 50 Chinese and Chinese-American philanthropists. Chinese philanthropists prioritize education, and major gifts have been made to U.S. universities, though there is an increase in giving back to Chinese universities too. “The recently passed Chinese charity law should help,” said Dr. Kuo. The number one source of giving is Hong Kong, and the number one recipient of giving is Princeton University.
The final speaker was Ellie Chao He, Director of Marketing at Aegis Living, a senior living company founded by Dwayne Clark, also founder of the Potato Soup Foundation, an organization that assists Aegis employees in times of need. Ms. Chao He provided a local perspective on Asian eldercare philanthropic efforts.
Garvey Shubert Barer generously hosted the event.
On May 3, 2017 WSCRC ran the second session of its Policy Briefing Series (PBS) with an off-the-record briefing from Ron Cai – Partner and Partner-in-Charge and Chief Representative, Shanghai, China Office at Davis Wright Tremaine – on New Cybersecurity Law of China: Impact on Companies Doing Business with China. The WSCRC PBS engages leading subject-matter experts from government, industry, law, and technology communities to provide in-depth insights on current key issues in US-China-WA relations.
Ron Cai has more than 25 years of legal experience assisting clients in U.S.-China business projects. He handles international mergers & acquisitions, general business and corporate law for multinational companies in China, international business transactions, and dispute resolution. Ron also advises clients on contract law, employment and labor law, intellectual property rights, regulatory approvals, and corporate compliance auditing. Ron is familiar with a wide range of industries, including, e-commerce, high-tech, media and entertainment, retail and distribution, healthcare, renewable energy, transportation and heavy machinery industries, and infrastructure projects. He also represents Chinese companies in their business transactions and litigation in the U.S. Ron speaks and writes frequently on U.S.-Chinese business issues.
Ron’s clients include: Bank of China, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services, Brioche Doree China, China Central Television, China Development Bank, China Railway Construction Corporation, China South Locomotive Corporation, Eaton, General Electric, Getty Images, Goodyear, Manitowoc, Marriott International, Microsoft, Neuhaus, Nike, PACCAR, Pudong Development Bank, Starbucks Coffee Company, TESCO, TomTom, Tyson Foods, and Umbro.
Attendees included representatives from the corporate, legal and defense sectors.
Davis Wright Tremaine generously hosted the session.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Montlake Cut, Seattle
Regatta 10 a.m. – Noon
Opening Day Boat Parade Noon – 2 p.m.
Details at WindermereCup.com
The University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate are excited to host the 31st annual Windermere Cup races to be held on Saturday, May 6, on Lake Washington.
The races are held as part of the celebration of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season and are followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. More than 800 rowers compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races.
Following the races, fans are invited to join the regatta champions for an awards ceremony and presentation of the Windermere Cup Trophy on the stage located near the video board on the NW side of the Montlake Cut, near the finish line.
Admission to the event is free. Viewing is available on the shores of the Montlake Cut, or by boats anchored to a log boom in Lake Washington.
For more information, visit windermerecup.com.
On April 19, 2017 WSCRC launched the first session of its Policy Briefing Series (PBS) with briefings from Godfrey Guerzon, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Senior Special Agent and Nelson Dong, Head of Dorsey & Whitney’s National Security Law Group and co-Head of its Asian Law Group. The WSCRC PBS engages leading subject-matter experts from government, industry, law, and technology communities to provide in-depth insights on current key issues in US-China-WA relations.
Nelson Dong presented a comprehensive background on the role and scope of Chinese industrial espionage in the United States, civil and criminal enforcement tools of US government investigators and prosecutors, US customs and border protection (CBP) policy.
Godfrey Guerzon provided a comprehensive overview of HSI’s Counter-Proliferation Investigation Program, described two Seattle case studies and underscored the importance of industry cooperation in enforcing US export laws.
Please contact WSCRC staff for copies of speakers’ Powerpoint presentation.
Attendees included Congressional staff, K&L Gates, Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) at University of Washington, Skagit County, Washington Search Partners, and MKL Enterprises Ltd.
Dorsey & Whitney’s Seattle Office generously hosted the event.