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Regularly Scheduled Monthly Meeting

The Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee usually meets at 5:30 PM on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings are held at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

A limited amount of free parking is available in front of City Hall after 5:00 PM.

Interested persons who are not committee members should contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in advance to arrange access to City Hall.

Upcoming Events

The BXSCC to Participate in Asian Pacific Celebration at Port Discovery!

May 27th, 2017

Come join the BXSCC at Port Discovery on Saturday, May 27th to meet with community members and engage in Chinese culture! Our booth will be set up from 10am to 4pm. Children are invited to participate in a number of cultural activities and even receive a transliteration of their names written by a calligrapher!

To learn more, please visit the Port Discovery events page here.

The BXSCC Joins the Charles Village Festival

June 3rd & 4th, 2017

Wyman Park Dell, Charles Village, Baltimore, MD

For the first time ever, the BXSCC will be displaying at a local Baltimore neighborhood festival. Visit us to share in Xiamen & Chinese stories & crafts; we'll also be holding a fundraiser to better help "promote business, cultural, educational, health/environmental and other cooperation and exchanges between the cities of Baltimore ... and Xiamen ... and to support Baltimore City's other activities and programs related to China and the local Chinese community."

BXSCC Features at the Artscape 2017​ Baltimore Sister Cities Booth

July 21st - 23rd, 2017

This year, the BBXSCC is returning to Artscape as part of the Baltimore Sister Cities booth. Artscape's theme this year is “CAMP”, so the BXSCC will have an exhibit showcasing nature in traditional Chinese paintings, with examples from last year’s resident artist from Xiamen, Ms. Lifen Weng.

Come stop by the BSC booth to learn more about the blossoming relationship between Baltimore and Xiamen as well as our other sister cities!

Selected Recent Events

The BXSCC Celebrates Chinese-Language Education Initiatives in Baltimore

May 15th & 17th, 2017

On May 15th, the BXSCC honored four Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students for their outstanding work in studying the Chinese language. Each student received a certificate and a monetary gift (enclosed in a 'red envelope') from the BXSCC. BXSCC Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang presided during the morning ceremony. Founding BXSCC member Mrs. Katherine Chin spoke to the students about the history of Baltimore City's Chinese community and early trade with China. BXSCC Vice Chair Danny Evans presented awards to students during the afternoon ceremony and discussed the benefits of studying Chinese.

Two days later, fifty-two Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students traveled to Washington, DC, to the Embassy of People's Republic of China in the United States of America. The visit included a tour of the Chancery Building where the students were able to view magnificent Chinese art treasures as well as listen to brief lectures concerning Chinese history and the current state of China-U.S. relations.

Baltimore City's Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

5:00 - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Gas & Electric Building, 110 W. Fayette Street (2 Center Plaza), Baltimore, MD 21202

Together with Exelon Corporation's Asian American Resource Group, the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee, and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA), the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee co-hosted Baltimore City's 2017 APAHM event in downtown Baltimore. Around 200 people attended the event, including Baltimore's Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, BGE CEO Calvin G. Butler, Jr., Meals on Wheels Maryland Executive Director Stephanie Archer-Smith, state and city officials, representatives of the Chinese Embassy & the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs, and other honored guests. Guests enjoyed performances & foods representative of an array of Asian cultures as well as networking opportunities.

Event sign-ups were via Eventbrite; this event sold out.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Delegation from Xiamen: China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The BXSCC was pleased to welcome representatives from Xiamen's Bureau of Convention & Exhibition Affairs who visited Baltimore to promote the CIFIT - and were featured as special guests at the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Reception that took place in Baltimore that same day.

The 2017 CIFIT will be held on September 18th through 21st. For more information, please contact the BXSCC or visit the event website.

The BXSCC Supports Cecil County's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event

6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Rising Sun High School Auditorium, 100 Tiger Dr., North East, MD 21901

The BXSCC joined in Cecil County's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event in its celebration of cultures across Asia - and met friends both old and new!

View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC Supports the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore Chinese New Year Banquet

March 5th, 2017

The On Leong Chinese Merchants Association of Baltimore hosted its 2017 Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster Banquet at Chopstix Gourmet Restaurant. About 130 people attended the event, including the Chinese Embassy, State and City officials, honored guests, association members, friends, and their families.

BXSCC Business Sub-Committee Co-Chair Carol (Min) Du was the emcee for the event. For more details, please read the article from Washington Chinese Daily News (in Chinese).

Maryland Organizations Co-Host U.S.-China Trade Conference with the Chinese Embassy

February 16th, 2017

The BXSCC was honored to co-host a high-level conference on U.S.-China trade under the new Trump administration with the Chinese Embassy, the Maryland-China Business Council, & the Maryland-Anhui Province Sister State Committee at the Chinese Embassy's Business Offices in Washington, DC. In addition to remarks by the Embassy's Minister for Commercial Affairs, Mr. Zhu Hong, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States Robert Daly, and Senior Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council Erin Ennis also spoke at length regarding the challenges and opportunities in trade and investment in China and the U.S. today. Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade's General Representative in the U.S. Mr. Zhenge Zhao, representatives from leading Baltimore and Maryland businesses, and the leadership of the organizing committees joined in a lively discussion regarding these complex but very relevant concerns.

During the event, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford presented a Governor's Citation to 2006-2017 BXSCC Chair W. Fontaine Bell to recognize his many years of service to Maryland and his dedication to promoting U.S.-China exchanges. Guests also enjoyed a subsequent reception graciously provided by the Embassy.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

The BXSCC Announces Leadership Team Changes

February 9th, 2017

After 11 years as Chair, W. Fontaine Bell is taking on the role of the BXSCC's Member-at-Large. The BXSCC is pleased to welcome former Vice Chair Xin (Cindy) Wang as our new Chair. Former Culture, Sports, Promotion & Tourism Chair Danny Evans was elected Vice Chair. Kirsten Foster was previously elected Secretary, and Arella Liu continues as Treasurer. All executive committee terms will be through early 2018.

For the latest listing of the BXSCC's officers, please visit our Leadership page.

Port Discovery's Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year Celebration Event

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee members celebrated the Year of the Rooster by volunteering their time at the Port Discovery Children's Museum on Saturday, February 4th. BXSCC members assisted Port Discovery guests with CNY art activities from 10:30am until 4:00pm. Amongst other activities, Mr. Jinrong Chen, a gifted calligrapher, again wrote our visitors' names in Chinese characters on bookmarks.

View media from the event via Facebook.

Exelon Highlights Maryland Sister State & Baltimore Sister Cities Programs

November 16th, 2016

Exelon Corporation's Asian American Resource Group hosted representatives from the Maryland Sister State and Baltimore Sister Cities programs at a two-hour event to explain the sister state/city programs to Exelon's employees. Atsuko Biars, Chair of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Committee, and Fontaine Bell, Chair of the Baltimore-Xiamen Committee, presented to a group of about 50 Exelon employees. Both committees also served Asian food and drink to the attendees. Other presenters included representatives from the state's China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam sister state committees. This program was an important part of Exelon's annual Diversity & Inclusion Week.

10th Annual National Committee on U.S.-China Relations CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections


Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State (1973 - 1977) and National Security Advisor (1969 - 1975)


Dr. David M. Lampton, Hyman Professor and Director, China Studies Program, the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (1997 - present) and former President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (1988 - 1997)

and moderated by

Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

5:30 to 9:00pm, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The 2016 program included a catered reception, a local address & discussion, "Where Is the U.S.-China Relationship Headed — Why?" by Dr. Lampton in person, and a nationwide webcast featuring Dr. Kissinger. Check-in & refreshments began at 5:30pm. The national webcast was from 7:00 to 8:00pm.

To register, visit the event registration page which contains a link for credit card payments. Checks in advance are to be made out to “Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc.” Registration fees are $20 for students & members and $30 for non-members if paid by October 11th, 2016. For payments & registrations after that date, a $10 surcharge will be assessed. All guests must register in advance in order to be allowed entry to City Hall. Refunds are not be available. Seating is limited.

This event sold out.

For more information regarding our national and local speakers, please follow the hyperlinks above. For a printer-friendly summary of the information above, please view the event flyer.

This event was sponsored at the Silver level by Active Minerals International, LLC, BRIC LLC, Ekpac China Inc., and TradeRiver USA and at the Bronze level by Exelon Asian American Resource Group (AARG).

View media from the event via Facebook. View China Daily's report on the event on their website.

An Evening Romancing the River with MCBC and the Chinese Embassy

6:30 to 9:00pm, August 10th, 2016

The BXSCC joined the Maryland-China Business Council (MCBC) and our friends from the Chinese Embassy for a sunset cruise and dinner on the scenic Potomac River, passing along the picturesque Washington, D.C. waterfront, glowing monuments, the stately Lee-Curtis Mansion, and the charm of Georgetown.

Registration was available at

Xiamen Students Visit Baltimore City Hall

July 26th, 2016

Eleven middle school and high school students from Xiamen visited Baltimore City Hall on the morning of July 26th. The students were from a number of different schools in Xiamen and were attending an English language immersion program at McDonogh School in Baltimore County. They were greeted at City Hall by Claudia Freeland Jolin, Special Assistant in the Mayor's Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development, and Fontaine Bell, Chairman of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. They were given a briefing on Baltimore City and a special tour of City Hall by the building's Curator, Jeanne Davis.

Baltimore Sister Cities Exhibit at Artscape 2016!

July 15th through 17th, 2016

A big thank you to all our supporters who volunteered at or visited the Baltimore Sister Cities booth during Artscape!

The BXSCC's fellow sister city committees were your hosts Friday & Saturday, during which all 500 of our BSC, Inc.-branded fans found new homes with festival-goers. The BXSCC - including Xiamen watercolor artist Ms. Lifen Weng - showed off our artistic chops on Sunday the 17th.

See the Baltimore Sister Cities announcement and the festival website for more information.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Baltimore Sister Cities Wins Innovation Award

June 29th, 2016

Baltimore Sister Cities has been awarded Sister Cities International’s 2016 Innovation Award for Economic Development! The BXSCC received special mention for our 30th anniversary delegation and its promotion of business development and education exchanges.

See the Baltimore Sister Cities announcement and the Sister Cities International press release for more information.

2016 Baltimore-Xiamen Chinese Language Awards

May 2016

At the end of each school year, the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee recognizes students in Baltimore City Public Schools who have excelled in learning Chinese as a foreign language. This year, Dr. Jiya Zhong of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Ms. Lifen Weng of Baltimore Design School each selected four of their students to be honored by our committee. Each student received a certificate and a gift card. Students honored were Kayla Brown, Ronald Jackson, Abigail McKenna, and Ezra Szanton of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Jonay Cunningham, Arjaai Fair, Donshay Johnson, and Tadeo Majarro of the Baltimore Design School. We congratulate and extend best wishes to each honoree!

View photos from the events via Facebook.

Baltimore Design School Students Travel to the Chinese Embassy and Chalin's Restaurant

May 25th, 2016

Fourteen of Ms. Lifen Weng's Chinese language learning students and four BXSCC members traveled to Washington, DC for a wonderful trip to the Chinese Embassy. The students, all 8th graders, learned about Chinese history through the magnificent artwork viewed in several key rooms and a lecture from a staff member. Upon leaving the embassy, the group left for a highly anticipated visit to Chalin's Restaurant for lunch. Chalin's is a highly-regarded Chinese restaurant in the Washington, DC area, and the students enjoyed their meal, which served as the coda to a new and exciting experience for the students.

View photos from the trip via Facebook.

Baltimore Orioles Mayor's Sky Box Raffle

April 11th through May 15th, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kindly made the Mayor’s Skybox at Orioles Park at Camden Yards available for a raffle to benefit the Baltimore Sister Cities Program. This was for the Orioles/Tampa Bay Rays game on June 26th. The winner received 20 game tickets, 4 parking passes, and $400 in food and beverage credits; the corresponding flyer had more details.

The drawing was held as scheduled on May 22. A winner was picked and awarded prizes. Raffle proceeds totaled $5,380 (269 tickets at $20 each). These funds will be used to support our sister cities educational exchanges, cultural programs, and other activities. Contact Fontaine Bell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 410-440-6117) with any questions.

Dialogue with Delegation from Xiamen: China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT)

Friday, May 13th, 2016

It was 11am when more than the usual excitement began to stir at Baltimore City Hall. Curiosity abounded as the Xiamen delegation walked into the heart of Baltimore's governmental system. Guests from Xiamen had come to Baltimore in person to invite our governing body as well as interested individuals and corporations to the 20th CIFIT event. This was the beginning of what became a very fruitful day.

Upon their arrival, the delegation was given a tour of City Hall. Many pictures were taken, smiles ensued, and overall enjoyment was had. Afterwards, Xiamen delegation representative Eric Chen met with Baltimore Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert. Introductions were made, exchanges of ideas took place, and finally, the official written invitation was handed from Xiamen to Baltimore.

Following was a productive lunch where not only business was discussed but also exchanges of different experiences between Chinese and American life. It was a very lively table where the conversation ranged from business ideas to cultural differences in everyday life.

Finally, the delegation made their way to the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), where Xiamen informed American corporations about CIFIT. BDC President & CEO William H. Cole IV made opening remarks while both the delegation and BXSCC led the presentation. The meeting was very successful and, while BXSCC will not be able to attend the 2016 CIFIT, we will be more than happy to assist Baltimore and Maryland businesses in doing so should they decide to attend.

For more information about the 2016 CIFIT, please visit their website.

View photos from the event via Facebook.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

6:30pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake invited the public to attend the 2016 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. This free reception featured Asian cultural performances, cuisine samples from local Asian restaurants, and other activities. Pre-registration was required. The contact for additional information or questions was Danny Evans ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 404-483-6848).

View photos from the event via Facebook.

BXSCC Announces 2016-2018 Leadership Team

March 10th, 2016

The BXSCC is pleased to welcome our leadership team for the 2016-2018 term! Continuing officers on our Executive Committee include Xin (Cindy) Wang and Arella Liu as Vice Chair and Treasurer, respectively. W. Fontaine Bell is now our Member-at-Large while serving as Acting Chair, and Kirsten Foster has been newly elected Secretary. Lisa (Weimin) Liu and Bob Zhang are now honorary Members-at-Large. For the latest information on our Sub-Committees and Functional Teams, please visit our Leadership page.

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