Dear Friends,

I’m so happy to share news about the recent US-China Women in Clean Energy Program, a joint program created by the US-China Strong Foundation, Wanxiang Group and the US State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. The two-week event, held at Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic (HWXP) from June 30 to July 14, included 20 American students from Bennett College, a historically black college for women located in Greensboro, North Carolina, and 20 Chinese students from six different universities and colleges.


Designed for female students interested in clean energy, the program included seminars on the history, language and social and economic development of China, as well as the development and application of clean energy in China. Students also participated in tree-planting ceremonies, visited clean energy facilities and toured cultural attractions in China.

At the program’s closing ceremony, Alexander Tzang, US-China Women in Clean Energy Program Director and Deputy Chairman of the HWXP Board, said he hopes more Chinese and American youth participate in the program, and believes that the US-China relationship has become one of the most “vibrant, promising and strategically influential” bilateral relationships in the world. Rachel Washington, Deputy Chief of American Citizen Services, also gave remarks at the ceremony and awarded certificates to program participants.


Students will submit their research reports next year, and the program’s outcome will be reported at the 8th Annual US-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington, DC, in June 2017. We deeply appreciate all of the support provided by Wanxiang Group, the State Department, Bennett College, HWXP, the International Strategic Technology Alliance and more to help carry out this program – and look forward to reading more about the students’ research and the program’s outcome.

Thanks, as always, for your support.


Carola McGiffert