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Connections with Zhejiang Now Easier for Central Ohio Business



The Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce is now connected to the Department of Commerce of the 4th most prosperous province in China.


Through a connection made by OSU visiting scholar Professor Pan Baixiang, Chinese Chamber chair Monica Xia e-met Zhao Ting, director of the Zhejiang Department of Commerce US representative office. Because of Zhejiang’s sister state-province relationship with Indiana, Mr. Ting is familiar with the region and looks forward to helping Zhejiang and Midwestern US companies work together.


In 2019, Governor Eric Holcomb of Indiana traveled to Zhejiang to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the sister state/province relationship. Zhejiang companies have established operations in Indiana, and Indiana companies such as Cummins, Ely Lilly, and Zimmer Biomet have robust operations in China, including Zhejiang.


"If you own a light string like

those on Christmas trees,

it was likely made in Zhejiang"


Zhejiang is the home of Alibaba, Geely (owner of Volvo), Wanxiang, and Zhejiang University, one of the nation’s best. In addition to these large organizations, Zhejiang is well-known for being home to small cities where industry clusters supply much of the world’s shoes (Wenzhou), toys (Chenghai), appliances (Cixi), molded plastic products (Taizhou), hardware (Yongkang), umbrellas (Shangyu), and many others. If you own a light string like those on Christmas trees, it was likely made in Zhejiang.


Zhejiang is next to China’s busiest port, Shanghai, and is home to China’s third busiest port, Ningbo-Zhoushan, making logistics relatively easy. Alibaba’s air freight company, Cainiao, recently started direct e-commerce cargo flights from Zhejiang to Moscow and was planning to add flights to other cities around the world.


Central Ohio organizations interested in connecting with companies in Zhejiang via the Zhejiang Department of Commerce are encouraged to reach out to the Chinese Chamber.

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