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Texas A&M University
News Release
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Major China-U.S. Relations Conference To Be Held Oct. 23-24 at TAMU


COLLEGE STATION – “Institutionalizing Collaborative Research and Partnerships” will be the theme for the 2011 bilateral conference between prominent governmental, business, and academic leaders from China and the United States Oct. 23-24. The conference, which aims to promote, strengthen and expand academic and business collaborations between the two countries, will be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University.  A reception and viewing of an exhibit on China-U.S. relations at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will also take place during the two-day conference. The exhibit will feature photos and artifacts highlighting the variety of ways that students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M are engaged with their Chinese counterparts.


The conference marks the fifth in the series that began in 2003 and commemorates the 32nd year of enhanced China-U.S. relations.  It is being co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Texas A&M University and its George Bush School of Government and Public Service and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.


George Bush, 41st President of the United States, who played a significant role in advancing China-U.S. relations, will be in attendance with Mrs. Barbara Bush.


“The U.S.-China conference series has greatly enhanced the academic, research and people-to-people exchanges between China and Texas A&M,” notes President Bush. “China and the United States have a close cooperative relationship and this conference series adds to strengthening the mutual relations between our countries. Barbara and I greatly admire the achievements of the Chinese people and look forward to hosting the Chinese delegation at this year’s conference.”


Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin, who will join in making introductory remarks at the conference, says he is pleased that the university is once again the site for the conference, pointing out the first session was held on campus and has subsequently been held in Washington, D. C. and twice in Beijing.


“We are extremely pleased to once again host this important conference at Texas A&M University,” he notes. “We value our relationship and engagement with the People’s Republic of China, and welcome the opportunity to do all we can to promote mutually beneficial cooperation at all levels of government, business, education and culture. As one of the world’s most important ongoing relationships, the one between the U.S. and China continues to be enhanced whenever we share scholarship and insights about the present and future.”


The United States contingent includes William Burns, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State; Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy; former Congressman Christopher Cox, former Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (2005-2009); and James Chen, Regional Director-Asia/Pacific Economic Development and Tourism, Office of the Governor of Texas.  Congressman Bill Flores, Peter Wilson, former governor of California; and Gale Buchanan, former under-secretary USDA will also attend.


The Chinese delegation will be led by H.E. Mr. Zhang Yesui, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the United States of America. Other distinguished members of the Chinese delegation expected to attend and scheduled to address participants during the two-day conference include: Li Xiaolin, President, Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries; Cao Jianlin, Vice Minister of Science and Technology; and Zou Liyao, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation, National Natural Science Foundation of China.


Opening ceremonies for the conference, which begins at noon on Sunday (Oct. 23), will include the Kay and Britt Rice Endowed Lecture Series address presented by Ambassador Yesui. The event is sponsored by the Bush Foundation.


The second day of the conference will focus on plenary sessions between prominent Chinese and U.S. researchers and scholars in economics, energy, engineering and political science, with participation by representatives from Texas A&M, Harvard University, Brandeis University, Peking University, Tsinghua University and the Washington, D.C. office of RAND.



Specific topics scheduled to be addressed include economic and trade relations, collaborations and joint ventures; joint energy research opportunities and development policies and the future of U.S. - China relations from a historical and comparative perspective.


This year’s conference is intended to mark a new stage of collaboration and to set a course for productive joint research activities, building on researcher-to-researcher and program-to-program collaborations that have developed over the past decade.


Major corporate support for the event is being provided by Texas A&M and its Confucius Institute and Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Halter Financial Group, Mary Kay Inc. and Bingham.


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