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China-U.S. Relations is Topic of 27th Annual Frank Church Conference Oct. 28

By:    Published 9:41 am / October 25, 2010

China and U.S. relations with the Asian economic, political and cultural juggernaut will be the focus of the 27th annual Frank Church Conference on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, hosted by the Frank Church Institute at Boise State.

Titled “Eagle and Dragon: The U.S. and China in the 21st Century,” the day-long conference will feature a number of China experts from around the nation who will discuss the past, present and future of ties between the U.S. and China, as well as the reasons behind the Asian giant’s success.

“This summer, China surpassed Japan as the world’s second largest economy,” said Garry Wenske, director of the Frank Church Institute. “Understanding the nature of our relationships with this vast nation, especially its accelerating economic power, is vital to America’s interests over the next century.”

David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, will deliver the conference’s keynote address during the conference luncheon. Other speakers include Robert Oxnam, former president of the Asia Society; Ruan Zongze, minister counselor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; Jeff Snyder-Reinke, professor of Asian history at the College of Idaho, and Shelton Woods, professor of Chinese studies at Boise State.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Boise State’s Student Union Simplot Ballroom. With the exception of Shambaugh’s luncheon address ($35 fee, registration required), the conference is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the conference, the Frank Church Institute and the Idaho Council on Economic Education, along with Boise State’s colleges of Education, Social Sciences and Public Affairs and Business and Economics, are sponsoring an International Economic Summit for Idaho college and advanced high school students. The competitive afternoon session, with a $1,000 award, will focus on international trade and economic issues between the U.S. and China. For information about the student economic summit, contact Leon Maynard, the Idaho Council on Economic Education, at (208) 426-1810 or LeonMaynard@boisestate.edu.

For more information about the Frank Church conference or to register for the luncheon speaker, contact Wenske at (208) 426-2941 or GarryWenske@boisestate.edu. For more information about the Frank Church Institute, go to www.boisestate.edu/fci/index.shtml.