Posts Tagged ‘China’

Gov. Sandoval Discusses China Trade Opportunities In Beijing

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:42 pm September 19th, 2012

CARSON CITY – On the first leg of his trade mission to the People’s Republic of China, Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada business delegation met with members of the U.S. Embassy staff and representatives of the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, and the divisions of  Economics and  Public Affairs of the Department of State, his office reported today.

Highlights of the briefings, held Tuesday, included a discussion on China’s economy and investment strategy and business opportunities for the state of Nevada. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development shared its desire to identify export markets in China and possible avenues for foreign direct investment while Nevada’s business delegation was provided an opportunity to discuss their business interests with and ask questions of Embassy officials.

“Briefings with embassy staff and meetings with U.S. representatives provided our delegation with the opportunity to learn firsthand the complex nature of China’s global economy and how Nevada can build lasting relationships with China’s business community in an effort to grow our economy,” Sandoval said. “These meetings will lay a foundation for further engagement and dialogue.”

While in Beijing, Sandoval was also given a tour of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and met with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada trade delegation with Chinese officials in Beijing.

During his tour of the National Centre for Performing Arts, China’s premier and most advanced performing arts center, Sandoval met with the center’s leadership and discussed the importance of such venues to international cities such as Beijing and Las Vegas. Sandoval informed the center’s leadership that Nevada recently celebrated the opening of the Smith Center in Las Vegas and he extended an invitation for them to visit the center.

In addition to exploring mutually beneficial opportunities for Nevada’s business community, Sandoval explained that “partnerships in the arts are extremely important to fostering cultural exchanges that will have broad and lasting impact.”

Sandoval finished the day’s meetings with the Civil Aviation Administration of China and its Deputy Director, Xia Xing Hua. At the meeting, Sandoval discussed the logistical opportunities at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the completion of the International Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport, and Nevada’s aviation manufacturing industry and the opportunities for those Nevada companies to export products into China.

Gov. Sandoval Discusses Upcoming Trade Mission With Las Vegas Asian Business Leaders

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 2:49 pm September 5th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today met with members of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce to discuss his upcoming trade mission to the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea.

At a luncheon at the Greenland Supermarket, Sandoval spoke about his goals for the mission: identifying opportunities for Nevada companies to export their products and services to growing Asian  markets, and encouraging Chinese and South Korean investment in Nevada. Sandoval was joined by Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Terry Wong, president of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber; and members of the trade mission business delegation.

Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The Sept. 15 to 26 trade mission is the first to be led by a Nevada governor to both countries. Nevada state and business delegates will seek to establish mutually beneficial relationships that will aid the state as it diversifies the economy and increases foreign direct investment.

“The timing couldn’t be better for a Nevada trade mission to Asia,” Sandoval said. “China’s growing influence in our global economy, and the recent implementation of the Korean Free Trade Agreement, provide our state with unique opportunities to advance our economic diversification and foreign direct investment. I am proud to join our business delegation in representing Nevada to both countries.”

Delegates on the trip include representatives from the state’s natural resources, transportation and infrastructure sectors as well as from education and innovative research.

Business delegates participating in the mission include Robert Boyle, Tate Synder Kimsey Architects; Jerome Snyder, Mobility Inc.; Tom Piechota, UNLV; Krys Bart, Reno-Tahoe International Airport; Stephen Wells, Desert Research Institute; Manos Maragakis, University of Nevada, Reno; Joel Madison, Ebara Group; Jay Chmelauskas, Western Lithium Corp.; Joe Dutra, Kimmie Candy; Ron Balducci, Pipeline Pacific Inc.; Panch Prasad, U.S. International Trading Company; Michael Dermody, Dermody Properties; Tammy Dermody, Walton Funerals; and Tim Dyhr and Guilio Bonifacio, Nevada Copper.

Amodei Ad Aftermath

By Elizabeth Crum | 3:31 pm June 21st, 2011

If all press is good press, Republican nominee Mark Amodei’s first campaign ad is a winner.


The ad, which centers on the issue of our national debt and the debt limit, is narrated by an Asian news woman with a stereotypical Chinese accent and is even captioned in Chinese.

It shows images of shut down factories with padlocked gates, President Obama cheerfully approving gigantic debt bills, the U.S. dollar sign morphing into the symbol for the Chinese yuan, China’s red flag furled over shiny cartoon cities, Obama bowing humbly to Chinese leader Hu Jintao and the Chinese Army marching in/on Washington D.C.

Says Amodei near the end: “I’ll never vote to raise Obama’s debt limit.”


Here is a round-up of reactions with links to the original sources (with apologies to anyone I missed):

– Dave Catanese of Politico called the ad “provocative”.

The Daily Caller‘s headline referred to the spot as a “light-hearted fear mongering ad”.

– Salon titled it “21st century red baiting”.

HuffPo riffed that the ad warns that China “will turn America into the Hunan Centipede”.

– KOS said, “Wow” and “This ad from newly-crowned GOP nominee Mark Amodei must be seen to be believed. It’s both wildly racist and extremely nuts”.

And in Nevada:

– Beth Ingalls with in Reno wrote “it’s a doozy.”

– Wyatt Cox at White Pine News called it “too little, too late.”

– Andrew Davey, a progressive blogger from Henderson, told the RJ he thought the ad was “xenophobic.”

– Kirk Caraway at Carson City Now asked who the real Mark Amodei is and said, “It’s as if some evil spirit has taken control of the old Amodei and created a monster.”

All the publicity came cheap, too. The 30-second spot was placed at KRNV in Reno from Monday through Thursday for less than $2,000, according to a Ralston Tweet. Politico estimated the total ad buy at around $3,000 (so there must have been another placement somewhere).

Update: Politico reports that the Asian American Asian American Action Fund called the ad “xenophobic” and “offensive” and “fear-mongering” and says it uses ”Chinese language and imagery in a sinister light.” The group is asking the Amodei to take it off the air.