Washington D.C.(July 15th,2015)-California Center successfully organized a high-level briefing in Washington D.C. to introduce China-based Green Dragon Lake (GDL) project, which is  a newly developed urban area in design phase located 25 kilometers southwest of Tiananmen Square in Beijing and covers about 122 square kilometers. Owned by China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co., Ltd, the GDL project is a world-class sustainable energy and clean technologies project that will utilize the latest in clean/smart energy innovation. The project presents a great opportunity for U.S. companies in green energy/smart city industries to export their technologies to the project.

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The briefing was held at the U.S. Department of Commerce office in downtown Washington D.C. on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 from 8:00am to 10:30am. The goal of the briefing was to put the GDL center stage for key decision and policy makers in U.S. government and related U.S.companies to support and participate in the project.


The briefing was very successful and well-received by the attending U.S government officials and companies.

High-level Guest Speakers at the Briefing including:

Patricia Loui – Board of Directors Member, EXIM Bank (Presidential Appointee)

George Mui – Senior Advisor for the White House – Initiatives on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders/Global Market Access Team Lead, U. S. Department of Commerce – MBDA

John C. Yang – Senior Advisor for Trade and Strategic Promotion, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce (personal advisor to Secretary Penny Pritzker and to the President)

Albert Shen – National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce

Carl B. Kress – Regional Director East Asia, The Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Eurasia/Energy Sector Worldwide Team Leader, U.S. Trade & Development Agency

Patrick Santillo – Deputy Assistant Secretary for China, U.S. Department of Commerce

John Larsen – Trade Promotion Coordination Committee Secretariat, U.S. Department of Commerce

Frank Spector – ITA Trade Missions, U.S. Department of Commerce

Edward Zhu – Chief Strategist, China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co., Ltd

Margaret Wong – President/CEO, McWong Environmental Technology and California


Gordon Hinkle – Vice President, California Center

List of Key U.S. Companies/Agencies/Organizations in Attendance at briefing:

  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. DOC
  • California Center
  • Capitol MBDA Business Center, U.S. DOC
  • China Development Orient Urban Development and Investment Co. Ltd.
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Dais Analytic
  • Dresser-Rand
  • Essex
  • Honeywell
  • International Trade Administration, U.S.DOC
  • McWong Environmental Technology
  • National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE)
  • Sensity Systems
  • Superior Brands Corp.
  • The Digit Group
  • U.S. Department of Commerce – Office of the Secretary
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. DOC ITA Industry & Analyst Division
  • U.S. DOC ITA Office China
  • U.S. DOC ITA Travel Missions
  • U.S. Export Import Bank
  • U.S. National Export Strategies
  • White House – Initiatives on AAPI (WHIAAPI)
  • William McDonough