The Honorable Cynthia Brock-Smith, Secretary of District of Columbia, cordially invites you to join the 2013 DC Shanghai Reception hosted by Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia and DC Center China.

This is an opportunity to engage with the Secretary of the District of Columbia and DC Center China to better understand DC’s investment environment as well as real estate, education exchanges, tourism resources relating to investment in D.C. The event will offer a valuable chance for potential investors who are interested in investing in the US as well.

Event Details
Time: 13th December 2013, 17:30-19:00                                                          
Venue: Conference Room, DC Center China
Address: Suite A402, Tomorrow Square, 399 West Nanjing Rd., Shanghai  

RSVP: Alice Wang

DC Center China
Strategically located in Shanghai, China’s most economically dynamic city, DC Center China is well placed to help DC companies gain a foothold in the China market. Established in 2012, the DC Center China is a public-private partnership whose mission is to develop the commercial relationship between Washington, DC and China, and DC’s first international office. The office focuses on facilitating DC companies’ entry into the China market, as well as attracting Chinese FDI to the District. The DC Center China is supported by the DC Mayor’s Office, DMPED, DSLBD (ExportDC), and in collaboration with private-sector members of the DC business community. The DC Center China has a vast network to leverage, including private companies as well as government relations.

DC Center Invitation


The Georgetown Alumni Club cordially invites you to:

China’s quiet transformation: How e-commerce is changing China

Frank Lavin, CEO of Export Now

Most people are aware of the dramatic impact e-commerce has on everyday economic life in China, the improvement in consumer choice and quality, the empowerment of smaller businesses, and the social role of e-commerce. But as e-commerce matures in the market, is it also shaping societal behavior and expectations off-line and on-line? Frank Lavin will discuss how companies can successfully use e-commerce in China and also offer some thoughts as to the broader implications of the emerging e-commerce society in China.

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 19th
@ Grub and Groove
Building 2, 283 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Jiashan Lu
建国西路 283 号,尚街 X 楼, 近嘉善路 (最近地铁站:9 号线 嘉善站

We are holding this event with the Thinkery, and the Hopkins China Forum.
No RSVP necessary.

More about Frank Lavin
Frank Lavin (Franklin L. Lavin) is a native of Canton, Ohio. He is CEO of Export Now, which makes selling through Alibaba and Taobao easy for any consumer product company. As Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Lavin headed the International Trade Administration for the United States Department of Commerce from 2005 until 2007. Lavin served as the United States Ambassador to Singapore from 2001 to 2005.

Under Secretary Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; a M.S. in Chinese language from Georgetown University; a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and a M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Georgetown Alumni Club cordially invites you to:

International Business Ethics and Chinese Foreign Investment

John Kline, Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


What is international business ethics in a globalized economy that spans different national political systems, disparate socio-economic conditions and diverse historical, cultural and religious traditions? Although many values are considered relative, international firms are increasingly expected to adhere to international norms. As Chinese enterprises expand their international investments in line with the “Go Global” policy, they can learn valuable lessons from how other global firms have responded, both successfully and unsuccessfully, to difficult ethical dilemmas. Whether oil investments in Sudan, bribery, product or workplace safety standards, or the environmental impact of corporate operations, ethics as a “best choice” process can help guide personal and organizational responses to ethical risk assessments.

Event Details:

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
19:15pm –20:30 pm
The Wooden Box
9 Qinghai Lu (just to the South of Nanjing West Road)
青海路 9 号, 近南京西路, 地铁二号线南京西路站

We are holding this event with the Hopkins China Forum. Please RSVP to Frank Tsai (Hopkins China Forum) at

More about Professor John Kline


John Kline is Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His teaching focuses on international business-government relations, international investment strategies and negotiations, and international business ethics. Kline is the author of the textbook, Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Kline was Director of International Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. He received his doctorate in Political Science from The George Washington University and holds a masters degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Kline serves as a consultant to various international organizations and private multinational corporations. Recent projects include a comparative analysis for UNCTAD on foreign investment policy promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia and Singapore, and on electricity infrastructure in Chile and New Zealand. Currently he is testing in several African countries a method governments can use to evaluate foreign direct investment proposals on sustainable economic, environmental, social and governance criteria. Kline is also author of Foreign Investment Strategies in Restructuring Economies and International Codes and Multinational Business: Setting Guidelines for International Business Operations.

Starting Tuesday, October 29th we’ll be holding our monthly happy hours at Boxing Cat Brewery on Fuxing Lu!

Our September happy hour will be canceled due to the mid-autumn festival and Chinese national holiday. Look forward to seeing everyone in October!