The 2018 Sino-Texas Business Forum


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Texas Business Leaders, Public Officials and China Investors come together for Invest in Texas Initiative's 2018 Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum. The forum is a 3-day highlights investment matchmaking opportunities with networking, education and social events. Hot topics include the current analysis and sensitive nature of the China/U.S. trade relations and the current investment climate. Attendance is limited so register today before the September 27th early-bird deadline.

Join us for Investor Matchmaking, Education and Networking

Feature Speakers and Topics include

China & U.S. Trade Relations

The current analysis of the sensitive trade relations with China will be a hot topic during the conference and how that could affect foreign investment to Texas. Join us for a rare opportunity to hear the comments and analysis from our esteemed guests Consul General Li Quangmin, David Firestein and Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez.


Li Qiangmin

Consul General Li Qiangmin is a senior diplomat with extensive international experience and the current Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. He assumed the office as of May 2014 and is the top ranking Consulate Generals in the U.S. under the Chinese Ambassador. Consul General Li has considerable expertise in economic and trade affairs.


David Firestein

Learn the current dynamics of the China trade war from the leading expert David Firestein. David J. Firestein is the inaugural executive director of The University of Texas at Austin’s China Public Policy Center (CPPC). A decorated career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, Firestein specialized primarily in China and U.S.-China relations.


Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez serves on the House Committees on Economic & Small Business Development and Environmental Regulation. Rep. Rodriguez’ legislative agenda has addressed economic development, job creation, housing, education, hunger and nutrition.

Investor Matchmaking

Foreign Investment into Texas business is a game changer for Texas business and the economy. Find out the most your business can take advantage of international investment opportunities from the Invest in Texas Initiative slate of speakers.


Dandan Zou

Mrs. Zou is the founder and CEO of Mainstay Global, a marketing consulting firm specializing in foreign direct investment in the U.S. She serves as the Chair of the Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI), a statewide non-profit trade organization which promotes the Texas Investment landscape internationally, and is an active member of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA).

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Here's the conference schedule at a glance. Conference details will be updated as the date gets closer so refer back to this page for updates.

Register now to take care of the early bird discounts. Early bird registration deadline is September 27th and seating is limited so register today.

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Join us for some Austin fun for the evening's social events including a dinner river cruise on Lady Bird Lake streaming through downtown Austin. Guests will have spectacular views of the skyline, the wooded trails of Zilker park and even some paddle boarders enjoying the lake standing on the water.

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Time is of the essence so register now!

Click here for a more detailed version of the "2018 Sino-Texas Business Forum At a Glance".

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For more information on the event, contact IITI Executive Director Richard May at