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China USA Symposium: For the Advancement of Earthquake Sciences and Hazard Mitigation Practices

Investigating the potential for seismic scientific and engineering research collaboration with China, a group of 19 U.S. researchers and practitioners visited Beijing and Sichuan Province from October 18 to October 22. The trip, organized by Dennis Hwang of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and EERI members Gary Chock and Ivan Wong, was initiated at the request of Dr. Lu Yongxiang, the president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, to Dennis Hwang, then president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Building on China’s long-standing relationship with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii since 1911, further strengthened by Hawaii’s humanitarian aid after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, Dr. Lu Yongxiang asked for a joint scientific exchange between U.S. and Chinese earthquake scientists and engineers. Both organizations realized the value in building stronger relationships between the U.S. and Chinese earthquake communities.

The centerpiece of the trip was a three-day China/USA Symposium for the Advancement of Earthquake Sciences and Hazard Mitigation Practices. The first day of the symposium was held in Beijing, with a series of presentations from Chinese and U.S. participants. The next two days were spent in Sichuan Province—in Mianyang City and Beichuan County—understanding the effects of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake of May 12, 2008. A very powerful element of the field visit was a trip to the devastated town of Beichuan (20,000 residents) that has been left as a memorial to the earthquake, and a trip to the new Beichuan County town, an innovatively master-planned new town for 35,000 residents that has been built in just two years.

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