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Last modified: Tuesday, April 14, 2009

China's consul general to speak at conference on U.S.-China business cooperation in Indianapolis

First day of conference to be presented live on the Internet

April 14, 2009

Editors: Arrangements have been made for electronic media covering the conference.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University today (April 14) announced that Huang Ping, consul general for the People's Republic of China in Chicago, will visit Indianapolis to participate in an IU-organized conference on U.S.-China business cooperation.

China's deputy consul general in Chicago, Maoming Chu, will join more than 50 other speakers from the two countries at the conference, "U.S.-China Business Cooperation in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs."

The first day of the program will take place Wednesday (April 15) at the University Place Conference Center, 850 W. Michigan, on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The conference will move to the IU Bloomington campus Thursday and Friday (April 16-17).

The university today also announced that the first day of the conference will be available for live viewing on the Internet at, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many are expected to view the conference online in China, where the event has been promoted separately.

Huang Ping will be part of an opening panel that also will include Yang Wei, president of Zhejiang University; Gregory Ballard, mayor of Indianapolis; Michael McRobbie, IU's president; Mat Orrego, president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Information Systems; Barbara Flynn, director of the Center for International Business Education and Research in IU's Kelley School of Business; and Scott Kennedy, director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business and conference organizer.

Huang has been the consul general of the People's Republic of China in Chicago since 2007. He previously served in several top positions in the Chinese government: deputy director general of the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004-2007); vice mayor of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province (2002-2004); counselor and consul general of the Chinese Embassy to Canada (1999-2002); division chief, Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1997); and attaché and then third secretary of the Chinese Embassy to the U.S. (1988-1990). Born in 1963 in Anhui Province, Huang Ping graduated from East China Normal University.

Before assuming his current position as deputy consul general in Chicago, Maoming Chu was councilor for press affairs at the Chinese Embassy to the U.S. He also has worked at the Department of Press Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chinese Embassy to Barbados and the Chinese Embassy to St. Lucia.

Other speakers Wednesday include Michael Barbalas, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China; Vincent Mo, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of SouFun Holdings Ltd.; Daniel Wright, senior vice president of Stonebridge International and former managing director of U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue; Ling Lanfang, chairman of the board of the Silk Road Group; Stephen Akard, director of international development for the Indiana Economic Development Corp.; and Fred Armstrong, Columbus, Ind., mayor.

Participating scholars are from IU's Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law and College of Arts and Sciences; Zhejiang University; the Thunderbird School of Global Management; Arizona State University and Peking University.

There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required. Complete information is available online at To register, go online to