Founded in 1993 in St. Louis by the late Prescott Sheldon Bush, Jr., United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce (USCCC) has evolved and grown into a well-recognized non-profit, bi-national membership organization with representation in major cities both in the U.S. and China.  With a membership of over 350 corporations and professionals, USCCC has broadened its reach through the additions of new members as well as participation of companies and professionals from various parts of the world.  USCCC also works with other organizations and government entities of other nations to promote trade and investment activities among the U.S., China, and other countries with an emphasis on emerging economies.  Today, it has over 350 members, of which 98% are U.S. corporations.  It has provided services to over 15,000 corporate executives and professionals, and its programs have been attended by over 10,000 participants.

Announcement

Bob Kraft Appointed to the U.S. China Chamber of Commerce Board

 

It is my honor, on behalf of the whole organization of the U.S. China Chamber of Commerce (USCCC), to announce that FirstPathway Partners CEO and Chairman, Bob Kraft has accepted his appointment as Board Member of the USCCC.


Through Bob's current vocation as both CEO and Chairman of FirstPathway Partners and President of Invest in the USA (IIUSA), he actively pursues USCCC’s mission of obtaining successful multi-cultural partnerships within his comprehensive network.  His leadership, extensive network, and passion for China and Asia as a whole, are invaluable assets for USCCC to serve and bring the community together to prosper in the new decade. In the past decades, Bob has brought in millions of foreign direct investments and created hundreds of jobs in the U.S.  [Read More]

 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Seminar and Networking

 

Why Did I Travel to and Expand Our Investment in China?

During the Pandemic?

 

Jon R. Tabor

Chairman and CEO

Allied Mineral Products, LLC

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

10:00 – 10:40 AM (CST)

Webinar by Zoom

Jon R. Tabor, Chairman and CEO of Allied Mineral Products, LLC has just returned to the U.S. after visiting several cities in China.  He will share his firsthand experience in this timely webinar about the 30 days that he spent in China (about half were spent in quarantine), traveling from one city to another city, and making critical decisions in expanding their investments during this uncertain time.  He will discuss what he has seen today and what he believes in the future. The company will build a new manufacturing plant to begin operations in April 2022.   [Read More]

Virtual Panel Discussion

Global Business Risks and Opportunities

Post the Year of Geng-zi (2020)

 

Panel (In Formation):

Bob McGuire 

Senior Managing Partner, MAEVA Group LLC/Longwing Partners Ltd.

Former Vice Chairman, JP Morgan Cazenove​

Former Head Europe, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs

Additional Panelists

To be Announced

Early January 2021

China Alert

Entries of foreigners that are holding visas that were issued before March 26 (except for certain visas or residence permits). have been suspended

 

For those who want to get into China before the lift of the suspension, they will need to apply for a temporary emergency visa, which could be free of charge if you still have a valid visa.  The first step is to obtain an official invitation letter from the local Foreign Affairs Office in the city that you shall be visiting.  [Read More]

Passengers bound for China must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests within 48 hours before boarding and may need to take more than one tests if they are making connecting flights.

Effective November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. [Read More]

Z (Work) Visa Application Might Have Been Suspended

Due to increasing cases of Covid-19 in the U.S., we have been informed that the application for Z (Work) Visa might have been suspended as such application will require in person finger print.

Insider Stories in Following the Protocol Going to China During the Pandemic

We have asked our members who recently traveled to China to share with us their experience to assist other travelers. [Read More]

PPE Scams Continue and How to Avoid Them

Almost a year since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed, the demand for PPE has not shown any sign of slowing.  Along with the strong demand we have seen an increasing number of scams. First, they were face masks, covid-19 test, ventilators, and now they are all about gloves.  While the demand for many PPEs remains strong, the abundant supply coupled with the crack down by the Chinese government have essentially kept scammers involved in face masks in check.  However, when it comes to “gloves,” it is another story.  [Read More]

Related article: Why the Auction Market Is Replete With Scams, Inferior, Unsafe and Fake Products. [Read More]

How and Why Small Businesses Should Outsource Their Supply Chain Management?
[Watch]

Cross E-Commerce for Small Business
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U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce now provides

assistance in procuring personal protective equipment 

With its extensive contacts in both the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore and other countries, USCCC has been assisting many U.S. companies and entrepreneurs in procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizers, and others.  The market is filled with scams, poor quality products, and USCCC is using its best efforts to help U.S. buyers navigate the process.

 

USCCC is taking the following approach:

  • Make contact directly with reputable manufacturers

  • Make contact with authorized distributors

  • Work with agents that USCCC has long term relationship with and has the financial resources to undertake the task

  • Identify PPEs that are already in the U.S. so that they can be inspected, purchased in small or large quantity, and shipped instantly or within less than a week - the buyers can inspect the goods and will not be burdened with logistics or customs clearing. For instance, we have identified NIOSH and FDA 510K certified N95 face masks currently in New York.

  • Create group buying for small orders to achieve quantity discount and low cost shipping

For further information, please contact Mai Hoang at maihoang@usccc.org or 312-368-9029.

23rd Annual Chinese New Year Dinner and

Celebration of the Arrival of the Year of the Golden Rat

 

 

We celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Golden Rat in Chinatwon, Chicago on January 30, 2020.  Everyone at the event was confident that we would overcome the adversity of the pandemic and would stand together to win the war against the coronavirus.  We will only get stronger, better, and more united.  Happy New Year!

 

 

 

USCCC IN THE NEWS

 

 

Diplomatic Courier: Is Vietnam the Next China: A Conversation with U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

 

https://www.diplomaticourier.com/posts/is-vietnam-the-next-china-a-conversation-with-siva-yam-president-of-u-s-china-chamber-of-commerce

 

 

Sourcing Journal: Will Tariffs Force Footwear Manufacturing’s ‘Center of Gravity’ Away from China?

 

An excerpt is hereby enclosed with the permission of the author. 

 

 

 

 

For the complete story, please go to: https://sourcingjournal.com/footwear/footwear-supply-chain/tariffs-china-footwear-manufacturing-asia-production-sourcing-fdra-ethiopia-india-170330/

 

 

Logistics Viewpoint: US-China Trade Conference: Timely and Relevant

 

https://logisticsviewpoints.com/2019/10/16/us-china-trade-conference/

 

 

Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago: Keynote Speech by Consul General Zhao Jian at the 20th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference

 

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/lghd/t1714475.htm

 

A copy is also as below.

 

 

PAST EVENTS

 

 

Our 20th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference was held on October 10 and 11 at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Over 150 executives and business owners attended this extraordinary event.  The Honorable Zhao Jian, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago gave a keynote speech.  The text of Consul General Zhao’s speech can be downloaded at www.usccc.org.  Conference materials are available to our members at Corporate Sponsor level free and to others at a nominal charge.  Please contact us at 312-368-9911 for further information.

USCCC VISA, PASSPORT, AND DOCUENT AUTHENTICATION SERVICE

 

One stop document authentication and visa processing for ALL COUNTRIES

 

Proper traveling documents are essential for international travel. Arguably, your passport is the only legal identity you have when you travel overseas. Information you provided for visa, passport, and document authentication processing could be sensitive and confidential.  Unlike other agents, USCCC maintains its physical office in the heart of Chicago that you can visit.  In addition, its staff strives for excellency in customer service and will always answer your calls.  As a non-profit organization founded by the late Prescott S. Bush, Jr., it is a trusted name.  It uses its best efforts to treat all private information in confidence and will limit the use of such information solely for the purported purpose. Its indepth knowledge of global affairs and diplomacy plus extensive contacts with various consulates and embassies allow it to expedite the process when other agents are not in a position to do so.  For instance, it offers same day, no physical passport required Vietnam visa processing.

 

In addition, it has recently added new service to provide one stop document authentication processing for all countries including China, Vietnam, India and other countries.  USCCC will obtain certain corporate filings directly from the state and get them authenticated with the proper consulates and embassies.  Further, its cost is significantly less than other agents and the process is transparent.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Vietnam Visa - Should I obtain a landing visa as landing visa is fast and does not require tedious paper work? 

 

USCCC suggests that you will apply for a one year loose leaf visa which is arguably faster and simpler plus one year multiple entries. In co-operation with US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Vietnam Embassy to the US, USCCC now offers same day, no passport loose leaf ONE YEAR multiple entries visa to Vietnam.

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand Visa - Do I need a visa for a business trip to Thailand? 

 

According to Thai relevant law American passport holders, who come to Thailand for business related matter even for a very short term e.g. for a meeting, need to apply for non immigrant visa (Code B visa). The visa exemption is only for the American who come for tourism purposes. However, in practice there are many foreigners from countries which get visa exemption for tourists who come to Thailand for short time business meetings without any visa and do not experience any problem.  However, USCCC advises its members and clients that they should obtain business vsias to be in full compliance with the Thai immigration laws. USCCC provides one-stop, express, inexpensive visa services for all countries.

 

The following is a summary of the timetable for visa applications for most countries processed by USCCC:

 

U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR AND SMALL BUSINESS
ASSISTANCE CENTER
 

 

Five years ago, USCCC noticed that there was a structural change in the global trade and supply chain and that China’s economy must change (How China’s Economy Must Change (https://thediplomat.com/2012/05/how-chinas-economy-must-change/).  It began investigating Vietnam and other emerging countries to better assist U.S. companies in staying competitive in this global market. A sister organization, U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce ("USVNCC") was found.  A full-service office in Binh Duong, the emerging manufacturing center in Vietnam was established. One of its affiliates has signed a number of agreements with Becamex IDC (https://www.vir.com.vn/becamex-spearheads-ip-expansion-41880.html), the largest property development company and one of the largest conglomerates in Vietnam to develop a U.S.-Vietnam Industrial Park, an incubator for U.S. and Chinese companies entering Vietnam, and other projects.  USCCC and USVNCC have hosted a number of conferences and seminars, led several trade missions to Vietnam, and invited high level leaders from Vietnam to the U.S.  As the U.S.-China Trade War is escalating, with some of the largest and best network of companies and professionals, USCCC and USVNCC are re-allocating resources to aid both U.S. and Chinese companies to navigate the current situation to stay competitive.

 

The organizations will provide the business community especially small business and emerging products the following:

 

  • Identify investors including angel investors through its extensive network to proven new ideas and products

  • Find partners in Asia and the U.S. to make prototypes, co-develop new products, and manufacture small quantity to test the market through mass production

  • Provide logistics, import compliance and receviable support through its immense network

 

They also assist companies to mitigate the impacts of U.S.-China trade dispute by utilizing their enormous resources and contacts in the U.S., the Greater China Region, Southeast Asian countries, USCCC and USVNCC will offer the following:

 

•   Update regularly on the latest development of U.S.-China trade war and development in the emerging market

•    Organize seminars, events, and webinars to discuss the implications and possible solution

•    Develop a strong network to share information and identify deal flows

•    Assist companies in:

E-Commerce

Import Substitution

Relocation of Manufacturing including Site Selection

Provide low cost, high efficiency in-country assistance in China, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand through introduction and direct access to some of the most important decision-makers and professionals and sharing of information that is relevant and factual

Make its Vietnam office available for entry into Vietnam without significant financial commitment

 

 

 Please contact Siva Yam, President, U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce directly at 312-368-9030 or sivayam@usccc.org or Mai Hoang, President, U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce at 312-368-9029 or maihoang@usccc.org.

 

PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Seminars and Receptions for Visiting Delegations

 

VIETNAM

 

“Vietnam as the Gateway to Southeast Asia”

Seminar and Networking Breakast

 

Friday, May 10, 2019

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Austin Chamber of Commerce
535 E 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

 

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Webinar

 

VIETNAM

 

Global Strategy:

Is Vietnam an Alternative to China?

 

Moderator:

Siva Yam, President, US-China Chamber of Commerce;

US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce

 

Panelists:

Kenneth Atkinson, Executive Chariman, Grant Thornton Vienam

Hung Duy Nguyen, Global Sales Director, Honeywell UOP

Brian Krause, VP, Marketing and Communication, Molex

Brad Capes, VP - Global Supply Chain Mgmt, Wahl Clipper Corporation

 

Time and Date:

April 21, 2019 Time To Be Determined

 

Program and registration will become available shortly.  Meanwhile, please contact Mai Hoang at 312-368-9029 or maihoang@usccc.org for any questions.

Trade Mission to Vietnam

 

VIETNAM

 

In conjunction with U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce ("USVNCC") with the support of Vietnam Embassy in Wahsington DC and various provincial governments, and Becamex IDC, the largest property development company and one of the largest conglomerates in Vietnam, USCCC will lead a 7 trade mission to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Binh Duong for 7 days in May/June.  The program is in formation. Additional information will become available in late April.  Meanwhile, please contact Mai Hoang at 312-368-9029 or maihoang@usccc.org if you have any quetions.

 

US-China Trade Conference

 

20th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference

 

October 10 & 11, 2019

The Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.

 

Please save the date!

PAST EVENTS TRANSCRIPTS AND VIDEOS

 

Keynote Speech at MBAA Anual Convention

 

Effects of Tariff s on U.S. China Trade

 

March 28, 2019

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

 

PowerPoint Presentation with Annotations is available for download

 

Webinar - U.S.-China Trade Dispute

 

How Should U.S. Companies Respond to

the 90-Day U.S.-China Trade Truce?

February 6, 2019

 

Panelists

 

Eric Rock, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner

Rock Trade Law LLC 

 

Mike Cleveland, Vice President and General Manager

Honeywell UOP

 

Govind Arora, Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Sourcing, Snap-on Incorporated

 

David Newsome, Director of Global Sourcing

NAPA Rayloc & Heavy Vehicle Parts Group

 

Please click below to download PPT

 

 

 

 

Video on Demand for the Recording

Password Protected - Please send your request to RSVP@usccc.org.  Password will be removed on 5/1/2019 and vidoe will be posted on this website.           

           

US-China Trade Conference

 

19th Annual U.S.-China Trade Conference

 

“Making Decisions in the New U.S.-China Trade Order”
November 13 & 14, 2018
Chicago, Illinois USA

 

 

Electronic version of the conference book is available to conference attendees and USCCC members free.  For other, the cost will be $75.  Please contaact us at RSVP@usccc.org or 312-368-9911.

2018 U.S.-China Trade Dispute Survey

The U.S.-China trade dispute 2018, which officially started in April, seems not to end anytime soon. On the contrary, they appear to be escalating.  The dispute could potentially change the balance of the world economy forever, and as a not-for-profit, non-political trade organization, the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to ascertain the impacts of these trade disputes on U.S. companies and professionals, and to identify what actions, if any, that they are taking or plan to take in response. We hope to use this information to help design and launch initiatives to assist them to navigate the uncertain U.S.-China trade environment.

A Tribute to Senator John McCain

The United States of America-China Chamber of Commerce (“USCCC”) and its sister organization, The United States of America-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce (“USVCC”) are greatly saddened by the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain.

 

Senator McCain was a true American hero who served his country with dignity and honor in both his distinguished military and political careers. Despite being made a POW during the U.S.-Vietnam war, Senator McCain became a dear friend of the Vietnamese people and did much to help Vietnam and the United States to harmonize political and trade relations.

 

“Senator McCain was a classy man,” said Siva Yam, president of the U.S.-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, “and he worked tirelessly to help build new bridges and heal the wounds of war between the two countries”

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCain family during this most difficult time.

USCCC VISA, PASSPORT, AND DOCUENT AUTHENTICATION SERVICE

 

One stop document authentication and visa processing not only for China but also for other countries!

 

Proper traveling documents are essential for international travel. Arguably, your passport is the only legal identity you have when you travel overseas. Information you provided for visa, passport, and document authentication processing could be sensitive and confidential.  Unlike other agents, USCCC maintains its physical office in the heart of Chicago that you can visit.  In addition, its staff strives for excellency in customer service and will always answer your calls.  As a non-profit organization founded by the late Prescott S. Bush, Jr., it is a trusted name.  It uses its best efforts to treat all private information in confidence and will limit the use of such information solely for the purported purpose. Its indepth knowledge of global affairs and diplomacy plus extensive contacts with various consulates and embassies allow it to expedite the process when other agents are not in a position to do so.  For instance, it offers same day, no physical passport required Vietnam visa processing.

 

In addition, it has recently added new service to provide one stop document authentication processing for all countries including China, Vietnam, India and other countries.  USCCC will obtain certain corporate filings directly from the state and get them authenticated with the proper consulates and embassies.  Further, its cost is significantly less than other agents and the process is transparent.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Vietnam Visa - Should I obtain a landing visa as landing visa is fast and does not require tedious paper work? 

 

USCCC suggests that you will apply for a one year loose leaf visa which is arguably faster and simpler plus one year multiple entries. In co-operation with US-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Vietnam Embassy to the US, USCCC now offers same day, no passport loose leaf ONE YEAR multiple entries visa to Vietnam.

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand Visa - Do I need a visa for a business trip to Thailand? 

 

According to Thai relevant law American passport holders, who come to Thailand for business related matter even for a very short term e.g. for a meeting, need to apply for non immigrant visa (Code B visa). The visa exemption is only for the American who come for tourism purposes. However, in practice there are many foreigners from countries which get visa exemption for tourists who come to Thailand for short time business meetings without any visa and do not experience any problem.  However, USCCC advises its members and clients that they should obtain business vsias to be in full compliance with the Thai immigration laws. USCCC provides one-stop, express, inexpensive visa services for all countries.

 

The following is a summary of the timetable for visa applications for most countries processed by USCCC>

 

September 18, 2018, 6:53 AM | CNN

(CNN)President Donald Trump is sharply escalating the American trade war with China.

The United States will impose a 10% tariff later this month on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, increasing to 25% at the end of the year, the Trump administration announced Monday.

AUGUST 22, 2018, 10:37 PM | Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials ended two days of talks on Thursday with no major breakthrough as their trade war escalated with activation of another round of dueling tariffs on $16 billion worth of each country’s goods.

AUGUST 17, 2018, 4:29 PM | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Friday it doubled the length of tariff hearings on the next $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to six days from the previously planned three due to overwhelming demand from companies to testify.

July 6, 2018, 7:55 AM | NPR

As the day dawned across the U.S. on Friday, a new economic reality dawned with it: The tariffs long threatened against billions of dollars in Chinese goods took effect just at midnight ET while many Americans were sleeping — but Beijing was ready immediately with a wake-up call of its own.

June 15, 2018: 2:51 PM | CNNMoney

The United States will impose a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese exports, the president said early Friday. China vowed to retaliate immediately and said the United States had "launched a trade war."

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TARIFF LISTS

17 September, 2018 | USTR

10% additional duty Effective on September 24

4745 product lines

$200 billion worth of imports from China

Increase to 25% in 2019

7 August, 2018 | USTR

25% additional duty

279 product lines

$16 billion worth of imports from China

Effective on Aug 23

June 15, 2018 | USTR

25% additional duty

818 product lines

$34 billion worth of imports from China

Effective on July 6

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18 September, 2018 | MOFCOM

Effective on Spetember 24

List 1 of 2493 product lines (10%)

List 2 of 1078 product lines (10%)

List 3 of 974 product lines (5%)

List 4 of 662 product lines (5%)

$60 billion worth of imports from U.S. 

Increase to 25% - 5% for different list in 2019

August 8, 2018 | MOFCOM

25% additional duty

333 product lines

$16 billion worth of imports from U.S.

Effective on Aug 23

June 16, 2018 | MOFCOM

25% additional duty

545 product lines

$34 billion worth of imports from U.S.

Effective on July 6

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Do you need a visa to go to Thailand for business?

 

We have recently received many inquiries asking whether a visa is required for American passport holders to go to Thailand for business.  There have been a lot of confusion.  I did the research, and I received the following message from one of the most senior leaders in Thailand.  Based on that, I suggest that all visitors to Thailand for business should get a business visa.  USCCC can assist you with your application for obtaining a Thai visa.

 

According to Thai relevant law American passport holders, who come to Thailand for business related matter even for a very short term e.g. for a meeting, need to apply for non-immigrant visa (Code B visa). The visa exemption is only for the American who come for tourism purposes. However, in practice there are many foreigners from countries which get visa exemption for tourists who come to Thailand for short time business meetings without any visa and do not experience any problem.

 

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Scam Alerts

 

Scammers impersonate the Chinese Consulate

 

I received calls from Chinese speaking callers impersonating the Chinese Consulate and actually almost fell into the trap. After talking to him for a few minutes, I found his statements were conflicting. Further research has confirmed that it was a scam.

 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/04/scammers-impersonate-chinese-consulate

 

 

Scam to register Asian domain names

 

We published this scam alert several years ago, and today, we still receive this kind of scam almost once a week.  In fact, a few of our members actually paid the "agent" to register those domain names, and as predicted, the "agent" never followed through.  

 

The scam begins with an email, written in English and adressed to the president of the targeted company. They present themselves as accredited Asian registration agents, mainly in China. The scammer notifies the targeted company that one of his/her clients wants to register domain names containing the name of the tartget.  For “ethical” reasons,the "agent" offers to register the domain in the name of the target instead of his/her client first. The prices tend to be insignificant. The scammer threatens to proceed with the domain registration for his/her client if the target does not purchase the domain names quickly.  Once when the target sends the money, the scammer disappears.

 

Services Update

 

USCCC is now providing emergency visa and passport processing service for all countries:

 

  • China: 48 Hours

  • Vietnam: Same Day, No Passport, No Invitation Letter

  • Brazil: 24 Hours

  • Russia visas – fast service could be same day if invitation is available, can also assist applicants in obtaining invitations

  • Saudi Arabia – express service as fast as 24 hours

  • Passport - same day if received by 8:00 AM

 

Please see "Visa and Passport"

 

USCCC is now providing free Passport Translation Service as part of document authentication service

 

Please see "Document Authentication"

 

 

 

 

​U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

Headquarters

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Suite 601

Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A.

info@usccc.org

Tel: (312) 368-9911
Fax: (312) 368-9922

China Office - Ningbo: 

Director:  Zhang, Jian Ming
2309 Portman Center

52 Caihong North Road
Ningbo, Zhejiang Province

China 315040

Tel: 86-574-87953268

Fax: 86-574-87953267

Email: jianmingzhang@usccc.org

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