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Chinese Delegation Visits North Carolina China Center

Organization Promoting State’s Involvement with China Hosts Four Business Officials.

Research Triangle Park, NC, March 25, 2011 --( The North Carolina China Center (, housed at the World Trade Park in the headquarters building of Longistics (, hosted a delegation of four Chinese business officials at its offices March 3. Distinguished guests Xu Qihua, deputy general manager for Suzhou Zhongming Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.; Li Zhen, legal contact for Suzhou Zichen Lighting Design Co., Ltd.; Niu Jian, general manager for Jiangsu Tianji Lighting Engineering Co., Ltd.; and Wang Gang, general manager for Shanghia Grand Light Co., Ltd. toured the Center. The quartet visited several other North Carolina businesses and universities including Longistics, who has promoted international trade with China through the launch of the Suzhou Industrial Park International Commodities Exhibition Center, and Cree, where they learned about advanced lighting and design projects. The delegation came under the leadership of Weizhong Zhang, director of the Center’s office in Suzhou, China.

“We were humbled and pleased to meet all the members of this delegation,” said Duane Long, chairman of the Center. “There are a great number of exporting projects we in North Carolina can provide to the Chinese, and I know they were impressed with what they learned during their visit here. I encourage all businesses in North Carolina to seriously consider investing in marketing their goods to this expansive and hungry market for solid economic gains.”

- In Suzhou, Longistics recently launched the Suzhou Industrial Park International Commodities Exhibition Center, which will generate opportunities that accelerate the export of products from North Carolina and U.S.-based companies to China. Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce for the People’s Republic of China and the previous Suzhou mayor, has touted the SIP International Commodities Exhibition Center as a way to increase trade between the two countries. The company is partnered with a Chinese logistics company called SeAll, a Chinese state-owned logistics company located within the SIP, to network Longistics’ Foreign Trade Zones 214 and 93 to the Chinese Integrated Free Trade Zone operated by SeAll and serve as the logistics point in China for the Center.

- Long has been appointed to the North Carolina Department of Commerce China Advisory Council, a group of North Carolina leaders who will provide guidance on how the state can best build productive relationships with Chinese government officials as well as business and industry. He provides insight on strategies for building strong ties with China, increasing Chinese foreign direct investment and helping North Carolina businesses increase their trade with Chinese industry.

About The North Carolina China Center:
The North Carolina China Center has a mission of creating of bridges of understanding between businesses, as well as cultural and educational institutions, in North Carolina and the greater China region comprising Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The objectives of the Center, created in 2006, are to explore business opportunities; promote academic exchanges; foster industrial collaborations; enhance cross-cultural understanding; and assist all interested parties and business entities as well as public and private institutions in developing relationships with the greater China region. Over the first four years of the Center’s existence, major Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed with businesses, industrial parks, educational and cultural institutions in China. For more information, visit

About Longistics:
Located in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Longistics is a full-service provider of global logistics solutions that specializes in cold-chain logistical support and problem solving services for a broad range of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors of high value, high security products. A leading provider of third-party logistics, Longistics has a worldwide reach and growing presence in China, and other emerging markets around the world. Longistics provides transportation, warehousing and Foreign Trade Zone management operations at FTZ 214, located in the Global TransPark, and FTZ 93, located adjacent to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Capabilities include: supply chain studies, vendor managed inventories, transportation, technology, infrastructure, FTZ zone operations, domestic warehousing services, order fulfillment, kitting and sub-assembly, and value-added programs. For more information, visit

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