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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $200 million in trade agreements between Missouri and Hebei Province, its sister territory in China. The deals are in addition to a $4.4 billion export agreement that Nixon announced earlier during his eight-day trip to China.

Chinese province to increase imports from Mo., invest additional $100M

Oct 26, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says a Chinese province has agreed to increase its imports from Missouri by $100 million over the next three years.

Nixon's announcement Wednesday about the Hebei province came as part a weeklong trade trip to China. The governor previously announced that a new agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade would increase imports of Missouri goods by $1 billion over three years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced this morning that his administration's Department of Economic Development and Chinese trade officials have agreed "to work together over the next three years to sell $4.4 billion of Missouri goods and products to Chinese consumers."

The deal marks an increase of about a third over the state's current sales to China of just under $1 billion a year.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri will sell around $4.4 billion worth of agricultural products to China, in a trade agreement announced today by Governor Jay Nixon (D).

Speaking to reporters via conference call from Beijing, Nixon said exports from Missouri will increase by more than a billion dollars between 2012 and 2014.

Mo. universities to get foothold in China

Sep 22, 2011
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Two of Missouri's public universities will be partnering with a college in China to open a new university in the central part of the country.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will work with Tianfu College in Mianyang, in Sichuan Province, to open Sichuan Missouri University.

Quinn announces business agreements in China

Sep 19, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced two business agreements between Chinese and American companies.

Quinn was in Beijing during an eight-day trade mission Monday.

He says China-based Goldwind plans to build a $200 million wind farm in Lee County in north-central Illinois. Construction on the Shady Oaks project begins this fall.

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The Saint Louis University School of Public Health is launching a study to look at the effects of urban air pollution on pregnant women in China.

SLU epidemiologist Zhengmin Qian says the research will track the pregnancies of 100,000 women in Wuhan, a city of nine million people in central China.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 24, 2011 - Area business and political leaders were busy Friday hosting and meeting with a 20-member business delegation from China, who stopped in St. Louis -- and will spend Saturday in Chicago -- before attending an international biotechnology convention in Washington.

Missouri Botanical Garden to host Chinese lantern festival

Jun 2, 2011
(via Karen Hill/Missouri Botanical Garden)

The Missouri Botanical Garden will host a Chinese lantern festival next year.

The exhibition—the first of its kind in the United States—will feature 26 large, brightly-colored lantern displays from China's Zigong province.

Canada, Mexico and China are the top customers for Missouri goods in an export market that jumped 36 percent in 2010, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

The data reflecting the jump is from the World Trade Center St. Louis.

Tim Nowak, executive director at the World Trade Center, says the growth was driven primarily by industrial products and manufactured goods.

Commentary: This time, will the dragon win?

Jan 25, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 25, 2011 - Most of us have seen cheap sci-fi movies where the wounded prehistoric dragon from outer space thrashes about, making strange noises and, depending on the scene, smashing a building or two before finally and fully dying.

Organizations are often like that dragon. Think last days of Enron, the evaporation of American automakers' dominance, St. Louis' own decline as a pre-eminent American city and headquarters to global companies.

St. Louis is one big step closer to securing a potentially lucrative trade partnership with China.

The Midwest-China Hub Commission announced today that China Eastern Airlines has agreed to open up talks with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The step signals that the plan has moved out of the plausibility phase and into a logistical phase.

Boeing, Peabody Energy to benefit from China deals

Jan 19, 2011
(UPI/Boeing Aircraft Handout)

A senior administration official says China will announce deals Wednesday to purchase $45 billion in U.S.
exports, including a $19 billion agreement to buy 200 Boeing airplanes, according to the Associated Press.

The official says the deal will create 235,000 jobs in the U.S.

It is important to note, however, that these planes will be commercial aircraft. Moreover, the St. Louis division of Boeing, which produces military aircraft, is unlikely to benefit directly from today's deal.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 1, 2010 - If you are concerned about global warming or advocate strict adherence to free market principles, you should examine the circumstances surrounding Chinese restrictions on the export of rare earth elements.

The 17 rare earths are mined metals with unique properties that make them essential ingredients of innumerable modern technologies. In most cases, there is no substitute for these key components of computers, mobile phones, military and civilian electronics, radar systems, electric motors, gas turbines and multiple alternative energy options.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 13, 2010 - Attorney General Chris Koster has just announced that an agreement has been reached with Premier Exhibitions, Inc., sponsor of "Bodies … The Exhibition," which he called "a cadaver exhibit" and which is slated to open in October at the St. Louis Galleria.

As part of the agreement, Premier will post a detailed disclosure with the exhibit that acknowledges that it's unclear where the bodies -- encased in plastic, with the skin removed -- were acquired in China, and that some may be deceased Chinese prisoners.

The news that China has surpassed Japan as the world's second largest economy sent a shiver through the collective soul of economic pundits. It needn't have.

During the late 1980s, we were warned of Japan's expanding economic machine. The Japanese economy was then expanding at a rate that made ours look puny. Everyone looked to Japan as the source for economic inspiration and guidance: Recall the movement to adopt their management techniques or face economic defeat?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2010 - "For the past several years, wealthy Chinese officials, businessmen, bookies and gangsters have been cutting a golden path to the casinos of Las Vegas, losing vast sums of money, much of it not theirs. Their exploits combine capitalist-style excesses of the rich and famous with post-Communist sleaze, and Vegas's glitter with China's ancient fascination with gaming, while reflecting China's mind-boggling corruption and its record-breaking economic growth."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 6, 2010 - A monk, plus a monkey, a pig and an ogre, went to India, recorded every leaf of the Buddhist scriptures there and brought all of them back to China. Someone hearing this might be tempted to ask, "Why weren't the Indians furious over what this gang of four did to their intellectual treasure (especially, given that this was quite a weird cohort!)?" But, anyone as knowledgeable as you would probably dismiss this as ignorant or provocative.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 1, 2010 - When China opened its doors to the world in the late 1970s, the Western media were very much admired by Chinese young people and regarded as objective and unbiased. One of the major demands of the university students at Tiananmen Square in 1989 was freedom of the press. They called on the Chinese government to let the media play an oversight role in the political life of their society.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2009 - In the Wall Street Journal, I read that Beijing has given the nod to genetically modified rice, declaring the rice safe to produce and consume. After years of lab tests and field trials, China recently issued safety certificates for two strains of GM rice produced by Chinese agricultural scientists. It will be two or three years before the new GM rice is produced commercially, as scaling up production requires careful engineering, but this approval was the key hurdle. GM rice will soon be part of China's future.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 2, 2008 - North Korea: An Evil Country or Just a TroubleMaker?

By Hong Min Park

Farewell letter from China

Sep 2, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 2, 2008 - The Chinese are not afraid to point out minor shortcomings of the country and its presentation of the Olympics. But still, they voice overall pride in Beijing's Olympic effort.

Now that the flurry of media reports on the Olympics, the athletes, security issues and Beijing's pollution have subsided, and the huge numbers of foreigners have made the long voyage back to their respective countries, I've found time to reflect on the games and their effect on China and its people.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 20, 2008 - The final Olympic gold medals are not the only assets up for grabs in Beijing. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of  the Treasury Henry Paulson discussed the need for constant engagement with China in a phone interview organized by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Paulson was instrumental in fostering official channels of contact with China in the form of a U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED). In an article, "A Strategic Economic Engagement," Paulson discussed how the SED lays the framework for the next president to engage with China on all issues.

Olympic air: Labored breathing in the quest for gold

Aug 14, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 14, 2008- mThe Olympics are in full swing. Our athletes are bringing home the gold.

Still, all is not well in Beijing. Concerns have been swirling around Beijing's air quality for months. China's weather exacerbates the effects of the pollution. And if Mother Nature has any consistency at all, it's in being inconsistent. It will be largely a matter of luck whether the best -or worst- air quality corresponds with the outdoor Olympic events.

Letter from China: From dumplings to Gossip Girls

Aug 14, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 14, 2008 - My favorite restaurant here in Beijing is nestled inconspicuously between my hotel and the closest subway stop. I don't even know the name of this place because the sign is written in Chinese characters, but I do know that it serves delicious dumplings for 5 yuan. It was here that a friend and I ran into a lively French-speaking Chinese diplomat. We had ventured into the restaurant at 10 p.m. for a late dinner of dumplings, but chance led us to an enjoyable cultural exchange.

The Lens: Damming with faint praise

Aug 12, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 12, 2008 - The new documentary "Up the Yangtze," now playing at the Tivoli, tells the human side of the largest hydroelectric project in the world, China's Three Gorges Dam. It is written and directed by a Chinese-Canadian, Yung Chang, whose grandfather told him stories of the old China. Though a real eye-opener, it falls well short of its potential.

Letter from China: Working on the Olympics

Jul 30, 2008
Photo provided by Rachel Kurowski

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 30, 2008 - I came to Beijing July 5 to work at the Olympics as one of 300 English-speaking volunteers,  all of whom are students of journalism. My job is in the office of the Agence-France Presse in the Olympic Village's press center.

Webster U. professor tracks colleagues in China quake

May 14, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The first news of the big quake came to me on my mobile phone. My wife called me, cell-to-cell, and told me: Earthquake! She was evacuating with her Shanghai office mates at Accenture, the U.S. company. They had gone down the stairs, avoiding the elevators, just like 911. Outside, police tried to swish them away, thinking they were some sort of demonstration.

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