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New Directions Facilitating Trust

April 12, 2013

First-rate conference facilities complement the professional networking and learning experience

First-rate conference facilities complement the professional networking and learning experience

Pacific Northwest Regional Conference on US/China Subnational Relations

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Half-day registrations are still open, through Thursday April 11th, 10:00am.  $40; does not include lunch.
Purchasing two half-day registrations is possible.

This event will interest anyone who:

– is leading relationships with China at the local or regional level
– is considering a career in international relations with China
– has a passion for improving and elevating Chinese/American exchanges of any kind
– enjoys participating in the discovery of new knowledge through cross-sector, multi-generational communication.

Join us on April 12th at Seattle University’s Casey Commons to interact with Minister-Counselor Donald Bishop, previously the Country Public Affairs Officer in Beijing, Bellevue City Mayor Conrad Lee, Sidney Rittenberg, and other members of the National Committee on US-China Relations.  The event will be an intense experience unlike any you have attended before.  It will focus on the development of shared knowledge in the Pacific Northwest experience of China relations.  Our region should begin to look inland, and not just across the Pacific, to begin understanding and sharing the lessons we have learned over many decades.

Co-sponsored by Seattle University’s Albers Center for Global Business, Asian Studies Program, and Office of Global Engagement; services provided by Small Biz Triage.

The student scholarship deadline has passed.

As of 6 April, 43 seats remain open.

8:30 – 9:00   Registration
9:00 – 9:30
   Welcome and opening comments

9:30 – 10:15   Keynote Address
Minister-Counselor (Retired) Donald Bishop, Chief of Public Diplomacy, Beijing
“What Does Being American Mean in the US-China Relationship?”

10:30 – 11:15   Morning Panel
Topic: Examining the Pacific Northwest Experience
Dennis Mulvihill, Washington County, Oregon, Special Projects
Bob Anderson, Founding President, Washington State China Relations Council
Zhang Ruoxi, Washington Chinese Art & Culture Committee
Stevan Harrell, Director, Univ. of Washington/Sichuan Univ. Exchange

11:15 – 12:00   Break-out session with Seattle University faculty
David Reid, Albers Center for Global Business
Ming Feng, College of Arts & Sciences
(Film: Seattle to Beijing: 1979 Washington State delegation to China)

12:00 – 12:45   Lunch & Film: The Revolutionary

12:45 – 1:15   Structured Networking session

1:30 – 2:15   Afternoon Panel
Topic: Subnational Leadership Looks Forward
Conrad Lee, Bellevue Mayor
Kristi Heim, Founder/Editor, contextChina media channel
Zhaohui Tang, CEO, adSage

2:15 – 2:45   Group photo

2:45 – 3:45   Guest Speakers: Sidney Rittenberg and wife Yulin “On Trust”

3:45 – 4:30   Closing Panel
Topic: Putting It All Together
Victoria Jones, Assoc. Provost for Global Engagement, Seattle University
Donald Bishop, Former Chief of Public Diplomacy, Beijing
Bob Anderson, Founding President, Washington State China Relations Council

Two years ago, the U.S. Department of State and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs came to an historic agreement. Together they support creating a new forum for international communication through state and provincial governors. In the Pacific Northwest, we know this subnational dialogue is not new; Washington, Oregon, and others have participated in it for well over thirty years!

We cannot overstate the value to our region of engaging both countries’ national leadership through this new forum. Several other state and provincial delegations have already begun to participate more heavily than the Pacific Northwest, which continues to operate with an internationally engaged “business as usual” perspective. Should this continue?  Will our region miss out on an opportunity to lead nationally?  Should Pacific Northwest leaders be more active in guiding and shaping national opportunities?  What message does the Pacific Northwest have to share in the 21st century US/China relationship?

Challenge your assumptions and learn from other passionate leaders seeking to participate meaningfully; reserve your space at this limited-seating event today!

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April 12, 2013
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Casey Bldg, 5th floor (500E)
Seattle University, 901 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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