Monday, July 31st, 2017 – As the third day for JTC in China came to a close the previous night, I woke up with excitement to eat breakfast. After quickly indulging in a tasteful mixture of Western and Chinese cuisine, we were assigned our mission roles and were told to meet at 12:30 to get ready for a meeting that we had with a large Shanghai-based energy company. I, for one, was very excited about this meeting as it was an opportunity for me to explore not only the natural resources sector in China (one of the sectors I’m representing) but also get another first-hand look at how business is conducted in China. I thought that we’d go to a stereotypical office building where employees would begrudgingly talk to us about their job. Needless to say, my expectations were very wrong. From the very minute that we walked into their office, I knew it was no regular office. Apart from a designated tour guide, they had reversible walls that would seamlessly turn into flat-screen TV’s to show educational videos. We even met the General Manager, Dr. Yang, who invited us to a roundtable where he graciously answered all of our questions. This experience was priceless for me as I learned a lot about the roles of SOE (State-owned enterprises) in the Chinese economy as well as how they differed from private companies. In talking with fellow ambassadors, I learned that they too found the experience memorable and I was excited to follow-up with the officials I met there. For dinner, I opted to avoid eating at a McDonald’s and instead chose to explore the Chinese cuisine a little. We went to a delicious Hot-Pot restaurant – a cuisine I had never before tried – and came back three hours later as tired as we had woken up.