Live, International Video Teleconference to Explore US-China Business Relations 

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Live, International Video Teleconference to Explore US-China Business Relations 

WHITTIER, CA (August 27, 2007) – The rise of economic globalization and its impact on the future of commerce superpowers the United States and China will be the main focus of The Future of US-China Business Relations in a Flat World. The video conference, hosted locally by Whittier College, will link business and government professionals and educators from both countries for real-time conversation and a lively exchange of ideas. This event will take place September 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on the Whittier campus, 6760 Painter Ave. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 562.907.4256. 

The conference will feature two panels, one based at Whittier College and the other at SIAS International University, the first Chinese University to award degrees recognized by a US College. The university is affiliated with Zhengzhou University and Fort Hays State University in Kansas. The international panel will use Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat as a jumping off point for discussing the important issues like trade and entrepreneurship.  

Scheduled panelists will include Tony Liu, a Chinese-American attorney, Joy Kovaleski, an entrepreneur who has helped U.S. toy companies enter into business relationships with manufacturers in China, and Mike Saxon, a consultant who has established factories there.  

“With U.S. President Richard Nixon as a college alumnus, it makes great sense for Whittier College to arrange and present this event,” said Daniel Duran, associate professor of business administration and the panel’s moderator.  

“Many in the political and business arenas believe that Nixon’s most significant and historical achievement was the ‘opening’ of China and the re-establishment of a long time relationship between our respective nations. While Whittier College is small in size, we have a broad view of the world and believe that this event is both timely and needed as both nations come to grips with the future we hope to shape where we may be the two remaining superpowers.”  

The conference is a part of Whittier College’s ongoing series recognizing Richard Nixon, the nation’s 37th president and an alumnus of the college. The Nixon series marks the 35th anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China, widely recognized as a turning point in relations between the United States and China. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. Whittier College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.

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