October 2021 Newsletter
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In this issue of the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce newsletter, you will find the following:

  • Chinese Chamber Member Spotlight: JobsOhio

  • Chinese Chamber Member News - Porter Wright and Scholaris Academic

  • Chinese Chamber News - Business lead for members

  • Upcoming events (Bold = Columbus Chinese Chamber event; Italic = partner event):

  • October 27-30, Hong Kong International Healthcare and Medical Fair, HKTDC

  • October 28, Industry Leader Exchange : Current Logistics and Supply Chain Challenges Faced By U.S. Companies Trading With Asia and Beyond, HKTDC

  • November 3, Return of McCarthyism?, USHCA

  • November 4, US Export Controls: Current Events & Future Trends, with Cleveland Chinese Chamber and America China Society of Indiana

  • November 24, Asia Summit on Global Health, HKTDC

  • December 10, From Community College to a 4-year Degree: A Path with Many Benefits, with USHCA
Member Spotlight
Since its establishment in 2011, JobsOhio has helped to boost innovation and drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio. This is made possible through strong partnerships with regional and local economic development partners, elected and appointed officials, the business community, public and private institutions, the state of Ohio, and countless others.

Over these past 10 years, JobsOhio has helped to:

As JobsOhio celebrates a decade of difference-making, it plans to continue its working with partners to strengthen our state for years to come.

If you know of a company in Asia interested in establishing or expanding a footprint in the US, please contact Amy Lei, Senior Manager at JobsOhio.
Member News
On Sept. 27, 2021, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a Notice of Request for Public Comments (Notice), inviting the public to submit written comments on the initiation of a Section 232 national security investigation to determine the national security impact of imports of neodymium magnets, specifically neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets.

NdFeB permanent magnets are essential components of fighter aircraft and missile guidance systems, electric vehicles, and wind turbines and may also be found in computer hard drives, audio equipment and medical imaging devices – and companies engaged in those industries will be mostly affected.

This investigation is not country specific and covers all imports of covered items to the U.S., but imports from China will likely be the focus of this investigation as both the neodymium magnets themselves and the rare-earth minerals used to manufacture them are currently primarily sourced from China.

Businesses impacted should consider should consider filing comments with BIS. Written comments must be submitted to BIS by Nov. 12, 2021.

For more details, visit this page.
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Scholaris offers free consultations and are be happy to answer your questions. 
Chinese Chamber Member Quote of the Month

"Schuerger Law Group joined the Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce because we service clients that are both Chinese companies doing business in the U.S. and U.S. companies doing or seeking to do business in China."

Jaime Sisto, Schuerger Law
Chinese Chamber News
Join Us in Welcoming Our Newest Member:
Founded in 1949, BriskHeat® manufactures flexible surface heating elements and controls / accessories for unlimited applications.

Petrochemical, semiconductor, food processing, biotech, aviation, steel, laboratory, power generation and many other industries have found their solution with our heating products.

A broad range of experience in solving your applications for viscosity control, condensation prevention, process heat, and freeze protection has allowed BriskHeat to become the world-wide leader in flexible surface heat and heat trace applications for piping, vessels, pumps, valves, and other objects.

Examples of heating solutions by BriskHeat
  • A maintenance supervisor in Minnesota protects his company's water pipes from freeze damage by using BriskHeat heating tape and heating cable.

  • In Singapore, condensation and subsequent freezing of ammonia tanks upon purging creates problems for the user.BriskHeat solves the issues by providing large cloth heating jackets that eliminate the condensation.

  • The Yinan Power Plant in China, Henan Province, welcomes BriskHeat personnel to help them develop a functional yet economical fly-ash hopper heating project for their particulate collection system.

  • Major customers in the Semiconductor industry, both on the end user side and the equipment manufacturing side rely on BriskHeat to help prevent condensation, thus eliminating build-up in gas lines and exhaust lines.

  • Major commercial airline customers world-wide rely on BriskHeat ACR® Hot Bonder Controllers and heating blankets to help keep the planes safely in the air.

"Yes, We Heat That"
Full Range of Surface and Immersion Heat

Large projects or small, high volume or low, US or world-wide, BriskHeat stands by to help you work through any surface or object heating issues you might encounter.

With a staff of applications engineers experienced at helping you find the most economical solution for your needs, BriskHeat continues to consider you our most important customer.

Contact BriskHeat regarding your surface/object heating needs today!
Shandong Company Seeks US Partners
Through our connection with FOCOC - with whom we hosted the August Ohio-Jinan Biomed Virtual Trade Mission - the Columbus Chinese Chamber is connecting our members with a Shandong-based materials testing equipment manufacturer looking to expand their global sales to include the US.

Their products include:

  • Tensile, crush, bursting strength, softness, permeability, twist strength, and tear testers
  • Face mask testers of various types
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Clothing testing equipment
  • Stable humidity and temperature chambers
  • Much more, including testing equipment custom-designed and built to user spec

This company seeks potential customers, distributors, and service providers in the US.

If you are a member and would like to initiate discussion with this company, please contact Pat McAloon.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Pat to learn about how to become a member.
The Columbus Chinese Chamber and one of our partners, the America China Society of Indiana, were recently interviewed for an article on The China Guys blog.

Both G4C and ACSI felt that the US-China trade relationship remains robust, and with appropriate support and patience, there are many opportunities to be found in and between the two largest world economies.

On October 15, 2021, the Columbus Chinese Chamber teamed up with the Chinese Scholars and Students Society at OSU to present a panel discussion on how to network and look for work.

Our panelists were:
* Dr. Kevin Johnston, Scholaris Academic Editing (Chamber member)
* Amy Lei, JobsOhio (Chamber member)
* Bonnie Hou, Cardinal Health
* Michael Lehman, Abbott Nutition (Chamber member)

Top tips included:

* Introduce yourself to instructors you get along well with and keep in touch through school
* Develop a short, easy-to-remember story that describes who you are and how you work
* Keep a running list of accomplishments that can populate your resume and interview answers

Following the panel discussion, audience asked the panel questions before networking in virtual breakout rooms.

A recording of the event can be found at https://youtu.be/IwRX_YExa-4
Upcoming Chinese Chamber Events
Recent U.S. government efforts to extend the reach and impact of U.S. export controls and economic sanctions offers potential lessons regarding current and future legal risks. 

Matt Lapin and Sunny Yang of PorterWright will share current enforcement trends and risks, as well as discuss future legislative and regulatory activities impacting compliance risks.

This event is free for members of the America China Society of Indiana, Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Upcoming Partner Events
November 3, 2021 12 noon ET
Return of McCarthyism?
“History never repeats itself, but it rhymes,” said Mark Twain. 

At this time of political divide in America and tension between the U.S. and China, many symbols of the Cold War era are coming to haunt us today. From the Justice Department’s much criticized China Initiative to the re-emergence of McCarthyism in America, there are alarming signs that, if we are not careful, our country may once again go down a troubling path, especially for Chinese Americans who are stuck in the middle.

What lessons can we learn from the past that can help us prevent a repeat of policies and rise of demagogues that will lead our country down a path of ruin? US Heartland China Association and our partner United Chinese Americans jointly invite two award-winning American authors to share their thoughts on this important topic.

October 27 - November 6
International Medical and Healthcare Fair
Virtual participation is possible!

Major Exhibit Categories:
  • Building Technology and Hospital Furniture
  • Hospital Equipment
  • Rehabilitation and Elderly Care
  • Medical Supplies and Disposables
  • Trade Services and Publications
  • World of Health & Wellness
  • Laboratory Equipment & Manufacturing Solutions Zone
  • Biotechnology

Visitor Profile:
  • Child Care Centre & Nurseries
  • Department stores, Chain stores, Supermarkets, Hypermarkets
  • Drugstore chains, Pharmacies
  • Hospitals: Medical & Dental
  • Importers, Agents, Distributors, Wholesalers & Retailers
  • Leading Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Medical Centres, Medical Chains, Clinics, Dental Clinics, School Dental Care Centre & Chinese Medical Care Centres
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Medical Research Institutes, Medical Schools, Dental Schools
  • Nursing Homes & Elderly Homes
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Public Authority: Health Authority & Hospital Authority
  • Rehabilitation Centres

Details and registration can be found here.
October 28, 12 noon ET

Industry Leader Exchange : Current Logistics and Supply Chain Challenges Faced By U.S. Companies Trading With Asia and Beyond
The pandemic has exacerbated supply chain vulnerabilities, and epic congestion is showing up at every corner of the world. A “perfect storm” is creating uncertainty, price surges for consumers, and slowing the overall global economic recovery.

With inventories running low, companies who trade with Asia and other international suppliers wonder if their products will arrive in time for the holidays. There are definite challenges, but are there also opportunities?

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the International Cargo Association of Chicago will gather a panel of industry experts for an engaging dialogue to discuss the current logistics and supply chain situation faced by U.S. companies, especially those trading with Asia.

Speakers include:

  • Scott Case, President, International Air Cargo Association of Chicago (Moderator)
  • Michael C. Boccio, VP, Global Commercial Operations Leader, OSI Group LLC
  • Brian Bourke, Chief of Growth, SEKO Logistics
  • Tricia Kerns, Associate Director, Governors State University Supply Chain Innovation Center
  • Michael Webber, President, Webber Air Cargo
  • Christine Barragan, Business Development Manager, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (Opening and Closing Remarks)

Registrations are complimentary, but reservations are required
November 24, 2021
Asia Summit on Global Health
Asia’s Thought-Leadership Platform on Health Innovation and Investment

Themed “Shaping a Resilient and Sustainable Future”, the inaugural Asia Summit on Global Health (ASGH) will examine global trends on health innovation and investment, explore areas of global collaboration in health, and showcase new business opportunities and partnership for investors and project owners.

Listen to speakers representing organizations such as:
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • World Health Oragnization
  • Brown University
  • Boston University
  • Tencent Healthcare

Contact Pat McAloon for a discount code for $100 off registration for digital attendance.
December 10th, 2021
From Community College to a 4-year degree: A Path with Many Benefits
This event, organized with the US Heartland China Association and Global School Access, introduces to students and parents in China (in Chinese) the community college pathway to a four-year degree in the US.

Schools represented in this panel discussion include:

  • Columbus State Community College
  • The Ohio State University
  • College of San Mateo
  • Lone Star College

Stay tuned for details and registration!
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