Oregon China Council (OCC) is an Oregon-based not-for-profit all-volunteer organization established in 2003 under the name Oregon Fujian Sister State Association (OFSSA) which has built upon years of trusted relationships with China on behalf of Oregonians in culture, education, business, sustainability, and tourism to strengthen the bridge toward a shared future.
OCC’s primary relations with Oregon and China have been based on our sister-state relationships. A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two states or provinces, and communities in two countries. The sister relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both sides signs off on an agreement to become sister states or sister cities. For these reasons, OCC maintains a positive working relationship with many Oregon municipal, county, and state legislators who serve in Chair positions for OCC’s chapters.
The Oregon China Sister State relationship was established in 1984 when then-Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh signed “Sister State” accords with Fujian Province. In 2014, a new sister state relationship was formed with the city of Tianjin, which is one of only five cities in China that are given Provincial status.
OCC is an organization working in the interest of and for the benefit of Oregonians. We seek opportunities to improve people-to-people exchanges, mutual respect, and prosperity between Oregon and China. Our efforts are based on our history of promoting friendship and positive trade relations between Oregon and China through our sister-state relationships.
OCC works closely with Oregon state legislators and state administrative officials who actively participate in our events and programs including trade missions, cultural events, international conferences and forums, international webinars of current matters of common concern such as Covid-19 and Sustainability, educational exchange opportunities, receiving and hosting guests from China and the Chinese Consulates and organizing other people-to-people exchanges, with each promoting not only greater understanding but also mutually beneficial results between Oregon and China.
To provide an interactive platform for business, government, and NGO in Oregon, improving communications with CHINA.
WHAT WE DO
Oregon China Council is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to seeking opportunities to improve people to people exchanges, mutual respect and prosperity between Oregon and China.
OCC strengthens dialogue in Culture, Education, Environment, Tourism, and Trade at the local level between Oregon and CHINA. To improve our communities through conferences, art events, and different missions.