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Vice Minister Shouxaing Wang of MLR visits China-U.S. Center | November 2012

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The MLR Delegation Visited the China US Center

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Vice Minister Wang with Baseball Cap of Concordia University

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Meeting with Deputy Secretary David Hayes of the US Department of Interior

In early July 2012, an official Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister Shouxiang Wang of China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) visited the China-US Center for Sustainable Development in Portland, Oregon. They explored potential joint sustainable land use projects for China using environmentally friendly technologies used in the US.

During the visit, the delegation was introduced to several technologies: Soil and Topography Mapping System; Bio-based Soil Restoration Technology; and Sustainable Mining Fields Restoration and Reclamation Practices. A very lively discussion ensued regarding possible applications of the technologies in China.

The training partner of the Center, Concordia University, also invited the delegation to visit their LEED-certified George R. White Library and Hilden Community Sports Field to show the sustainable elements incorporated there. They also introduced the delegation to their China-oriented Executive MBA programs.

After Portland, Vice Minister’s delegation continued on to Washington, D.C. where they met Deputy Secretary David Hayes of the US Department of Interior. Later, in New York, they participated in a seminar on commercial real estate development with our good partner Mr. Howard Gelbtuch, Chair of the Board of The Counselors of Real Estate, an international organization of top-level commercial real estate advisors.

China’s Ministry of Land and Resources signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2000 with the China US Center. The China US Sustainable Land Use Planning Training Program has been developed and executed twice a year over the past twelve years. The training is intended to exchange knowledge between land use professionals from the US and China, share US best practices and lessons learned, and learn from the issues and experience Chinese delegates share. By the end of 2012, 584 MLR officials from every major city, province and autonomous region throughout China have participated in the training in Portland.

For more information on the visit, please contact the China US Center – 1-503-279-9383.