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LIVE Updates From The US China Manufacturing Symposium

That concludes today's symposium. Internation Foster Fest will begin tonight at 6 PM. Everyone is invited.

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4:45 PM

Chancellor Jack Hawkins, of Troy University, is on the stage discussing the role education has in economic development.

"I am very proud that at Troy University we enroll more than 350 students from China every year, very bright students."

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4:00 PM

Terrance Kerscher, partner at Wipfli CPA's and Consultants, is talking to Chinese and Us business leaders about the importance of social media and the importance it has on a company.

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3:14 PM

The Vice Chief of The People's Government of Xigang District Dalian, Simin Li, is on stage now to discuss job creation in China.

"Peace and developement are the two major economic development concerns."

He talks of unemployment in China and how it compares to the US. Also, of his countries graduate rates and and economic growth.

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2:45 PM

Will manucaturing trends work in the Wiregrass?

Ning Lian, CEO and General Manager of Dothan 3D:
"I believe the maufacturing of 3D printing is going to be good for Dothan. I very much hope I can work with more and more of my friends in America to progress with 3D printing."

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2:00 PM

Juliana Lam, Managing Director of AML Group:

"When you want to start a project, try to look the whole program. Put yourself in each others shoes. We need tolerance and respect for each other, along with trust and honesty. These are the most important things in a partnership. You have to have motivation and passion. When you have a job and both sides want to complete it, it will be done. There will be bump, but if you have trust and honesty, you can work through the bumps and make it better for everyone."

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12:15 PM

Three US business professionals and three Chinese business professionals are on the stage now, expressing what they were expecting to find when visiting each others countries, and how it differed from what they actually came to find.

US and Chinese business leaders are complimenting each other on thier professionalism and hospitality.

Bob Woodall, Chairman of Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce:
"The Chinese people were so respectful, so warm-hearted, and all you have to do is smile at someone in China, and you have just made a life-long friend."

Juliana Lam, Managing Director of AML Group:

"When you want to start a project, try to look the whole program. Put yourself in each others shoes. We need tolerance and respect for each other, along with trust and honesty. These are the most important things in a partnership. You have to have motivation and passion. When you have a job and both sides want to complete it, it will be done. There will be bump, but if you have trust and honesty, you can work through the bumps and make it better for everyone."

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12:00 PM

Founder and marketing director of the Chinese company, Green Monday, along with members of Dothan High and Northview High School's "Healthy You" organization, and Mayor Mike Schmitz, all took a pledge to "Go Green."

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10:15 AM

What do we have to offer?

Five different communities including Dothan, Al, Thomasville, Al, Center Point, Al, Huntersville, NC, Monroeville, Al, and South Carolina, have five minutes to talk about their hometowns to Chinese leaders and tell them why they should invest in their area.

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz to Chinese leaders:

"We have low land cost, the hardest working people I know, the lowest energy cost, we have an airport, we have universities, we have international companies already in our area and most importantly we have a community that will work together to help you succeed. Please give us that opportunity and invest in us." #sozodothan

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9:45 AM

Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, is on stage now. He is talking about the growth of China and how a two-way investment is going to positively affect both Dothan and China. #sozodothan

A message to China from Sanchez:

"We welcome your business. Here is the south, we have free trade agreements with 20 countries around the world, we have energy costs that are going down, we have a growing competitive advantage, and we have hard-working people that want to work. We are ready." #SoZodothan

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9:30 AM

Ronnie Chan, co-chairman of Asia Society, is on stage now explaining how a US- China relationship will result in "lasting world peace." #SoZoDothan

Ronnie Chan says that he believes that this is the "right time. the right place, and the right people" to do business with in Southern United States. #sozodothan

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9:00 AM

The US- China Symposium has kicked off. We will be bringing you live updates, as well as Facebook and Twitter updates all day long.


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