Hawaii Global Links Newsletter
Issue 1 - October 2007
Welcome!
Wednesday, 30 April 2008

The State of Hawaii  Beijing Office played an important role in coordinating the highly successful meeting of Vice Premier Wu Yi with Governor Lingle in Honolulu in April, 2005. Aloha, and welcome to the first edition of Hawaii Global Links. Our "e-newsletter" will cover the world, with a focus on Asia. Whether you're an "old China hand" or just starting out, we hope that this newsletter will provide you with a valuable source of information.

Hawaii is one of the few states in the U.S. to maintain offices in both Beijing and Taipei. The state has strong social, cultural and historical links to both places. In addition, it has distinct advantages vis-à-vis other states, especially in its proximity to Japan, Korea and China, and its many Asia-focused organizations which offer residents opportunities to continually connect with, and learn more about, the region. The offices are staffed by the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT).

DBEDT established the Taipei office in 1994 so that Hawaii businesses would be able to take advantage of a rapidly developing economy which would provide an attractive market for the state's products and services. An added "plus": Hawaii educators would be able to tap the great number of Taiwan students' seeking to continue their education overseas. Staff also assisted Taiwan businesspersons in locating investment possibilities in the Islands.

The success of the Taipei office led to the opening of an office in Beijing in 2001. DBEDT's decision was not a difficult one. China's economy enjoyed double-digit growth throughout the 1990's and on into the 21st Century. The office would be among the first state offices to offer a wide range of services for both local residents and visitors from Hawaii. Staff would provide advice on doing business in China; introduce Hawaii companies to local firms; offer such services as landscape and resort development; and organize and facilitate trade missions. An important responsibility evolved: assisting high-ranking State officials, such as Governor Linda Lingle, in visiting China; and facilitating visas and constructing itineraries for numerous Chinese delegations' entering the state. These delegations included a wide range of persons-scientists, tourism officials, provincial governors, and some of the most powerful individuals in the nation, such as Vice Premier Wu Yi.

In recent years, the economies of Taiwan and China have greatly expanded. As they continue to grow, so will the services of DBEDT's two offices. We hope you will take advantage of the expertise of our experienced staff, whether you are in business, education, culture and the arts, or some other field. Please consider them your "partners" in helping you achieve success.

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