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Chinese Consul General Hong Visits UMN

October 7, 2016 - the newly-appointed Chinese Consul General Hong Lei visited the University of Minnesota Twin cities campus at the invitation of Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director of University of Minnesota China Center and Confucius Institute.

President Eric Keller met Chinese Consul General Hong and his delegation. The University enrolled the first three Chinese student from Tsinghua College back to 1914 and since then the Univeristy of Minnesota has highly value the relationship and cooperation with China. University faculty conduct academic research cooperation with more than 40 Chinese universities. President Kaler is proud of the thousands of excellent Chinese alumnus and welcomes almost 3,000 Chinese international students studying in the U annually. The university emphasizes the cultural integration and across-cultural communications between international and domestic students, hoping everyone can enjoy their pleasant college life. Consul General Hong expressed that the University of Minnesota is a top public research universities in the United States and has trained many excellent Chinese alumni including academicians at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of engineering. China is transforming and upgrading its industrial structure, so it is very benefical for Chinese universities to cooperate with University of Minnesota on cutting-edge academic and scientific research. At the end, Consul General Hong appreciated the U for its concern and help to the Chinese students, and is willing to work together with the U, to help Chinese students to achieve their academic and life success.

At noon, Consul General Hong attended the business lunch hosted by the University of Minnesota China Center and the Minnesota Trade Office under Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. During the lunch, he delivered a speech on how to develope win-win cooperation with global business community. Consul General Hong highly recognized the accomplishment of Minnesota business community in the fields of agriculture, medical devices, clean and green energy, etc. Executives from Cargill, Medtronic, Ecolab, Mall of America, Fredrikson & Byron, Minnesota Timberwolves, and XCMG (Chinese company investing in Minnesota) attended the lunch.

In the afternoon, the Consul General Hong attended the Chinese J-1 scholar reception hosted by the China Center and the ISSS office. Hong expressed his greetings to Chinese scholars and encouraged them to take advantage of the resources to master the forefront research method and show their scientific research levels by their productions. Other than the academic fields, the Consul General Hong also hope them to build connections with the American people, so to contribute to the relationship between two countries.  

In the evening, Consul General Hong Lei spoke at a campus lecture "Let History Be Guidance to Future: Jointly Building A New Type of Major Country Relationship between China and US” to more than 250 university members and representatives of Minnesota community in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.Gaoshan Li, President of University of Minnesota Chinese Student and Scholar Association(CSSA) also delivered welcome speech to Consul General Hong. Consul General Hong Lei shared his opinion on US-China relation issues as Asian-pacific economic cooperation, the South China Sea, counterterrorism, etc.. In the Q&A, Consul General Hong's humorous answers won the applause of the audience. Consul General Hong Lei mentioned that the State of Minnesota has its competitive advantages in excellent international talents, diversified industrial base, environmentally-friendly economies, and quality health care. He also hoped the Chinese student can become good cultural ambassadors to lay a solid foundation for the bright future of good diplomacy between US and China.

During Consul General Hong Lei`s visit to Minnesota, he also attended the Fourth Annual Chinese proficiency Awards Ceremony presented by the University of Minnesota Confucius Institute and Minnesota Department of Education. He also visited the Mayor of St. Paul, visited the Star Tribune and Minnesota Timberwolves  & Lynxs, and unveiled the Chinese Community Service Center supported by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. (More info at the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago website).

 

中国驻芝加哥总领事洪磊来访

2016年10月7日周五 - 金秋之际,应明尼苏达大学中国中心主任兼明大孔子学院院长布热津斯基女士的邀请,新到任的中国驻芝加哥总领事洪磊率团来到美国明尼苏达大学的明尼阿波利斯和圣保罗双城主校区访问。

 

明尼苏达大学校长艾瑞克-凯勒博士在位于校园中心毕业大礼堂左侧的校长办公楼会见了洪磊总领事一行。凯勒校长表示,明大早在1914年迎来了首批三位来自清华学堂的中国留学生。学校非常珍视与中国百年合作交流历史, 学校毕业了近万名优秀的华裔校友, 对此感到高兴和自豪。明大世界知名的教授们与中国四十余所大学开展了科研合作,每年在校的中国国际留学生近三千名,赴中国学习的美国学生人数也持续增长。明大努力为包括中国留学生在内的全校国际学生接受良好的教育,非常重视国际学生与美国校园的文化融入,希望他们度过愉快的大学生活,欢迎更多优秀的中国学生前来深造。

洪磊总领事表示,明尼苏达大学是美国著名的公立科研型大学,在过去百年里为中国建设培养了一批重要人才,其中包括众多中国科学院和工程院院士。中国经济发展处于转型升级的关键阶段,明尼苏达大学在许多重点学术和科研领域处于领先地位,与中国大学有很大合作潜力。最后,洪磊总领事感谢明大对中国留学生的关心和帮助,愿意与明大共同努力,帮助中国留学生实现成功留学,平安留学。

 

中午,洪磊总领事出席了由明尼苏达大学中国中心与明尼苏达州政府就业与经济发展厅联合举办的“明州-中国”商业午宴并发表题为《汇聚工商力量、深化合作共赢》的演讲。明州贸易厅厅长莫岑贝克、明尼苏达大学中国中心主任布热津斯基、嘉吉公司(农业食品)、美敦力公司(医疗器械)、艺康公司(环保卫生)、美国商城(零售旅游业)、德信律师事务所(法律)、NBA森林狼队(体育产业)、徐工集团 (中资企业在明州投资)等世界知名公司高层共30余人出席。洪磊总领事表示,感谢明州工商界人士长期以来为推动中国与明州经贸投资合作做出的积极贡献。在双方共同努力下,中美两国经贸关系日益紧密。2015年,双边贸易额已从建交之初的20多亿美元,增长到近5600亿美元创历史新高,中国首次成为美国最大贸易伙伴;中国企业来美投资创造了8万多个就业机会,260万人次来美旅游,消费超过200亿美元。与会代表表示,明州是拥有美国财富500强企业总部较多的州之一,对华经贸和投资交流活跃。明州的医疗、环保、机械制造等产业有一定优势,且与中国当前经济社会发展需求契合度较高,希望能继续扩大对华经贸交流,同时在医疗设备研发、食品安全、水处理、旅游等领域进一步拓展伙伴关系。

 

下午,洪总领事出席了明尼苏达大学中国中心和国际学生学者办公室联合举办的中国访问学者招待会,来自明大各院系的近70位中国访问学者参加了招待会。洪磊总领事表示,公派访问学者是国家的高层次人才,是中国科研的中坚力量,希望大家珍惜机会,利用美国高校的优势资源,掌握最前沿的研究方向和研究方法,多出研究成果,展现中国学者的学术水平。赴美的中国访问学者是中美友好民间使者,希望大家在从事研学的同时,多与美国民众交朋友,为建设中美新型大国关系做出积极贡献。

 

傍晚,洪磊总领事在明尼苏达大学汉弗莱政府管理和公共政策学院发表了题为《让历史照亮未来:中美共建新型大国关系是时代必然》的英文演讲,约250名明大师生和明州政界商界及华裔社团代表出席了该讲座。明尼苏达大学中国中心主任布热津斯基女士致欢迎词,明尼苏达大学中国中心自1979年成立以来,先后协助安排六任校长访问中国,协助各院系在中国的科研合作,为美国学生赴华和中国学生来美筹集奖学金,通过设在北京的明尼苏达大学中国代表处,搭建明大中国校友网络和全球华裔校友平台,为明尼苏达大学与中国的教育交流搭建桥梁。明尼苏达大学中国学生学者联谊会主席李杲珊也代表明大约3000名中国国际学生和近200名中国访问学者致欢迎词,感谢中国驻芝加哥总领馆教育组给中国学生学者提供的帮助和服务,并表示要继续把中国学联打造成一个为中国学生相互交流和美国学生了解中国文化的良好平台。

 

洪磊总领事就亚太经济合作、南海问题、推进朝鲜半岛无核化、反恐执法、 全球网络空间治理等国际和地区事务和中美外交热点,分享了他的看法和见解(中文翻译稿)。 在讲座后的20分钟听众互动问答中,洪磊总领事展示了他资深外交部发言人的风采,幽默风趣的精彩回答获得了听众的热情掌声。他提到明尼苏达州在美国中西部的优势在于优秀的国际人才、多元化的工业基础、绿色环保的经济、以及高质量的医疗设施和体系。关于近年来中国赴美留学生数量增长迅速的趋势,他表示每一位在美国大学里读书的中国国际留学生都是中美交流的民间大使,希望大家多了解美国文化,宣传中国文化,结交各国朋友,为中美未来的良好外交打下结实的民间基础。

 

洪磊总领事来访明尼苏达州期间,还出席了明尼苏达大学孔子学院举办的第四届明州中小学生汉语水平证书颁奖典礼。明尼苏达大学孔子学院院长布热津斯基女士、明州教育厅政府关系主任伍尼先生以及获得证书的明州中小学生及家长等800余人出席。洪总领事在致辞中对获得汉语水平证书的美国学生表示热烈祝贺,对明州教育厅在推动中小学汉语教学取得的成就表示钦佩,对明尼苏达大学孔子学院及其下设14个孔子课堂的杰出工作表示肯定。在问答环节中,洪总领事还与五位获得证书的美国学生代表用汉语进行了亲切互动。现场学生和家长对提问学生流利的汉语及赵总领事的精彩回答报以阵阵掌声。

 

除此之外,洪总领事还拜会了多位明州政界官员和议员、走访了明州媒体Star Tribune和明州NBA森林狼队训练中心,为中国国务院侨办支持的明州“华助中心”揭幕等等,详见中国驻芝加哥总领事馆网站新闻