Minnesota’s exports from manufacturing industries increased to US$4.2 billion in the first quarter of 2008, growing 8.2 percent (or US$317 million) since the first quarter of 2007. U.S. manufactured exports grew by 14.3 percent during this period.
The Minnesota manufacturing industries that increased exports the most during this period were transportation, food, and computer and electronics goods. In contrast, the largest increases in U.S. exports were from the petroleum, chemicals and primary metals products industries.
The state’s export gains were widespread across seven of its top 10 markets and nine of its top 10 industries.
By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
The preceding headline was the topic of the June U.S.-China Business Connections (UCBC) meeting attended by a standing room only group. The presentation was delivered by Warren Vollmar, President, Forest Source, Inc.At the beginning of his presentation, Vollmar noted that China is at a crossroads regarding creating an infrastructure for its power and energy needs. It faces many conflicts with its need for energy vs. development, development vs. the environment, environment vs. energy, rural vs. urban, energy costs vs. social costs, food vs. fuel, cheap energy vs. reliability and alternative energy vs. cheap energy.
By Liu Qiong
Few things are as synonymous in the popular imagination as China and tea, and with excellent reason. Tea drinking in China can be traced back thousands of years, and the humble Camellia sinensis bush continues to be regarded as one of life’s basic necessities, right alongside rice, oil and salt.
An Old Habit in a Refined Ambience
Perhaps more importantly, tea is at the center of a multitude of elaborate cultural rituals which are as varied as the many ways the leaves can be brewed, and no self-respecting Chinese host would dream of receiving guests without serving some.
As with any staple, of course, affordability was always a given, and public teahouses were for the most part simple affairs – inexpensive and unpretentious – where ordinary people would meet with friends to pass the time of day. With China’s spectacular emergence as an economic powerhouse, however, the teahouse has metamorphosed into a trendy and considerably more lucrative proposition, analogous to the chic cafes so endemic in the West.