Sunday, June 10, 2012

Focus on Sustainability, Antiquity, and Economy from the CoDominion

I posted yesterday's Update on the CoDominion: Education, Antiquity, and Economy just in time. It turned out that there were more stories about China and the Sino-American relationship in last night's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Global Tipping Point edition) on Daily Kos. You'll find stories about China as a good example for the U.S., new information about the Great Wall, and China as an export market for agricultural products and machinery over the jump.

UCLA on YouTube: New Sustainable Cities in China by Brian Heimberg, Bluepath City Consulting
Published on Jun 5, 2012

Brian Heimberg is an advisor for emerging growth clean-technology companies and a sustainable city developer in the United States and China. Brian currently serves small and medium size energy and transportation enterprises with strategic and private financing needs. In 2007 the Chinese government recruited Brian as the first foreigner to help plan and develop its 30 square mile Eco-city prototype. Two years later Brian co-founded Beijing based Bluepath City Consulting. Subsequently, he has worked on more than a dozen Eco-city construction projects including a Chinese-Singaporean governmental joint venture, an estimated 22 billion dollar new city project with 16 million square feet currently under construction for a population of 350 thousand by 2020. While in China, Brian also founded and continues to manage a successful culinary tourism agency and co-founded a green building materials trading company that he sold in 2010. Brian is a Santa Barbara native and graduate of UC Berkeley with a self-designed interdisciplinary studies major entitled, "Food Politics." He lived in China for five years between 2006 and 2011 and speaks fluent Mandarin. Brian currently serves on the Clean Business Investment Summit executive board.
BBC: China's Great Wall is 'longer than previously thought'
The Great Wall of China has been officially declared even longer than previously thought, state-run media report.

The wall measures 21,196.18km (13,170.6956 miles) long based on the latest state survey results, state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
University of Wisconsin: China visit aims to deepen Wisconsin’s engagement
by Kerry Hill
June 7, 2012
University of Wisconsin-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward is leading a Wisconsin delegation to China, where he will inaugurate UW-Madison's first overseas outpost and participate in events aimed at deepening engagement with Chinese partners.

The delegation, which includes UW-Madison representatives along with state of Wisconsin and state business officials, will travel to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong from June 8-20.

The delegation's makeup shows that international interests and activities have spread across the Madison campus, as well as increasing in importance for Wisconsin's state government and business communities.
University of Wisconsin: Helping China produce more milk will boost U.S. dairy exports to China, experts say
by Bob Mitchell
June 7, 2012
As China expands its domestic milk production, it will buy more milk products from the United States.

That may seem counterintuitive, but it's really just a case of the Chinese dairy industry generating more demand than it will be able to supply, according to an analysis by UW-Madison agricultural economists.

"The potential market is so huge that whatever inroads they make for themselves in terms of dairy production will expand the market for others," says Ed Jesse, who co-authored the study of China's dairy sector. "You'll get more people that garner a taste for dairy products and for types of dairy products that they don't' have now."

A bigger Chinese dairy sector will also benefit U.S. firms that export dairy equipment and services and dairy cattle, semen and embryos – many of which are based in Wisconsin – notes Karen Nielsen, director of the UW-Madison's Babcock Institute for International Dairy Research and Development.

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