Seattle University Hosts Regional Leadership Summit on China

Written by Laura Paskin
March 21, 2013

Seattle University faculty and staff join China experts from the Pacific Northwest for a regional leadership summit on U.S.-China subnational relations. The “New Directions Facilitating Trust” conference is set for April 12 in Casey Commons.
The conference focuses on future economic and diplomatic relations with China. Included on the agenda are retired U.S. State Department Minister-Counselor Donald Bishop, previously the Country Public Affairs Officer in Beijing; Washington State China Relations Council Founding President Bob Anderson, Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee; Sidney Rittenberg and Wang Yulin of Rittenberg and Associates, and Board Chair of the Washington State Chinese Art & Culture Committee Ruoxi Zhang. Joining them are Professor Ming Feng, chair of the Modern Languages and Cultures Department and affiliated faculty of the Asian Studies Program, Albers School of Business and Economics Professor David Reid, and Associate Provost of Global Engagement Victoria Jones.

“The U.S. and China hold the key to finding collective solutions to many of the global challenges we face in the 21st century,” said Professor Enyu Zhang, Director of the Asian Studies Program.  “China has had an important relationship with the Pacific Northwest."

"The daylong conference will present a diversity of perspectives and experiences that are critical for anyone interested in international relations and doing business with China,” said Carson Tavenner, the conference organizer and founder of The Tai Initiative.  
This conference is hosted by the Asian Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Albers Center for Global Business, and the Office of Global Engagement.