WA China Watching Events

(A selection of events, 2017)

Nov. 20: China Council policy briefing to look at outcomes of the 19th CPC Congress

WSCRCThe Washington State China Relations Council in its next Policy Briefing Series will focus on “Chinese Leadership Politics: Assessing Outcomes of the 19th National Party Congress.” Speaker will be Victor Shih, associate professor of political economy at UC San Diego, author of “Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation,” with writings on the politics of Chinese banking and fiscal policies, and currently studying the evolution of the Chinese Communist Party, and constructing a database of elites in China. Mon, Nov. 20, 2017, 4:00–5:30pm, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 701 Fifth Ave #6100, Seattle, WA 98104. For registration, go to eventbrite here.

Nov. 17: China Club dinner on China and India relations

China ClubThe China Club of Seattle is starting its fall dinner with this topic, “India and China– Can Asia accommodate two rising powers?” “Demographics, border disputes, and China's ambitious 'One Belt, One Road,” the announcement says, “are creating tensions and opportunities between India and China, the two 21st Century nuclear powers and engines of growth.” The dinner talk would look at how the two most populous countries on the planet might get along - or not. Speaker would be Anand A. Yang, born in India to Chinese parents, currently a Professor of International Studies and History at the UW, and also a former Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Friday, Nov 17, 6:30 pm Social; 7:00 pm Dinner; 8:15 pm Speaker, China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. North. For reservations, go to eventbrite here.

Nov. 16: China IP Roadshow at UW

UW Asian LawUW Asian Law center is hosting “China IP Roadshow - Strategies for IP Protection in China,” put on by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It will bring together policy makers and thought leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government, academia, and practitioners. The event will include key participation from the USPTO’s China Team, and topics such as “Overview of Principal Intellectual Property Laws in China,” “Enforcing Your Intellectual Property Rights in China,” and “WA Businesses’ Experience with IP Protection and Technology Collaboration with China.” Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 8:15 am–3:30 pm, UW Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, WA 98195. Event is free, register at cvent here.

Nov. 11-19: The Tai Initiative Fall 2017 “Mayors’ Delegation” to China

The Tai InitiativeThe Washington state-based Tai Initiative, which promotes U.S.-China sub-national relationships, is organizing an eight-day delegation of U.S. mayors to China. The purpose is to introduce the mayors and municipal leaders to Chinese city-level authorities and commercial development leaders in Hefei, Nanchang, and Shanghai. In Hefei the itinerary will include opportunities to learn from and expand existing clean water projects; in Nanchang they will discover new collaborative opportunities in developing the exploding market of electric vehicles and low-carbon new energy technology. For more information and registration, go to The Tai Initiative website here.

Nov. 8: China Council to present Kidder Mathews on “The China Factor” in Pacific NW real estate

WSCRCKidder MathewsThe Washington State China Relations Council is putting together a panel of commercial real estate experts from Kidder Mathews to address “The China Factor” in the “Pacific Northwest and National Commercial Real Estate Trends.” Topics include 1) Impacts and trends of Chinese commercial real estate investment in the US and PNW; 2) Financing options for Chinese investors and impacts of the EB-5 immigrant investor program; 3) Outlook on the effects of recent capital controls in China on commercial real estate. Speakers include Holly Yang, Vik Bangia, Glen Gioseffi and Brian Hatcher. 11/08/2017 4:00 - 6:00pm, at The Bravern Signature Residences, 4th Floor, South Tower, Great Room, 688 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. For more information and registration, go to China Council webpage here.

Nov. 6: UW Lecture - Trump in the World: International Implications – China

Jackson SchoolUW Jackson School of International Studies School has launched a 10-lecture series on “Trump in the World: International Implications of the Trump Presidency,” which examines the impact of the 2016 election on countries and regions around the world, including Europe, Asia, Mexico, Russia and the Middle East. Prof. David Bachman, whose research and teaching interests include Chinese Domestic and Foreign Policy, and U.S. – China Relations, will give the China lecture on Nov. 6. The lectures are open to students for credit and to the public. Mondays, 4:30 to 6 pm, Room 110, Kane Hall. Moderator will be Professor Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Jackson School.For more information, go to Jackson School webpage here.

Oct. 27: World Affairs Council, China Council joint lunch discussion on U.S.-China policy

World Affairs CouncilWSCRCThe World Affairs Council and the Washington State China Relations Council are presenting a joint lunch discussion on "US-China Relations: Progress and Uncertainty." The announcement says, “Presidential candidate Donald Trump was deeply critical of Chinese economic and trade policies. As the U.S. President, Trump has tempered his criticism toward China after meeting with President Xi Jinping in April,” and “…while Beijing is rapidly projecting leadership in the Asia Pacific and on the international stage, Washington has yet to develop a coherent China policy.” The two speakers James Green, trade policy adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, and Mercy Kuo, President of the WSCRC, will try to answer the question, “What’s next for the U.S.-China relationship?” 12:00-1:30pm; K&L Gates, LLP, 925 4th Ave, Suite 2900, Seattle, WA 98104. For more information and registration, go to World Affairs Council website here.

Oct. 26: China Council policy briefing on US-China Trade Relations - View from Beijing

WSCRCThe Washington State China Relations Council continues its briefing focus on “US-China trade,” this time, about the "relations" and with a “View from Beijing.” The featured speaker would be James Green, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Minister Counselor for Trade Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, serving as advisor to Ambassador to China Terry Branstad on trade policy. Green worked at the Embassy before as a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff on East Asia policy, and also as a consultant for U.S. companies to improve market opportunities and build relationships with Chinese stakeholders. 4:00pm- 5:30pm Thursday, October 26, Davis Wright Tremaine, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101. For more information and registration, go to Eventbrite here.

Oct. 19: China Council policy briefing on US China trade policy assessment

WSCRCThe Washington State China Relations Council is focusing its next policy briefing on US China trade policy, with the title “Free and Fair Trade: Assessing US China Trade Policy.” The speakers: William Perry, international trade lawyer who has represented US importers and foreign exporters and producers in various international trade cases, including antidumping and countervailing duty cases. Murray Lee, owner of Hong Kong headquartered MKL Enterprises Ltd., a full-service trading company, focusing on trade between China and markets around the world, and procuring merchandise from countries around the Asia Pacific Region. 4:00 - 5:30pm Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Harris Bricken, 600 Stewart St, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98101. For more info and registration, go to China Council webpage here.

Oct. 4: Glamorous China – a performance by Sichuan University

CIWAThe Confucius Institute of Washington State and the Sichuan University, UW’s partner in China, are joint sponsors for a night of Chinese cultural performance, including songs and dances, Chinese instruments, and bianlian, or face-changing, a magical act of Sichuan opera, by the Sichuan University Ensemble. It is also a celebration of the partnership between UW and Sichuan U as well as the 7th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at UW. Wednesday, October 04, 7-8:30pm, at UW Kane Hall 130. Admission is free. For more info and registration, go to Confucius Institute website here.

Sept. 30: Seattle Biz-Tech Summit 2017, “Innovation meets Connection”

Nan HaiNan Hai Seattle is ready to host another Seattle Biz-Tech Summit at Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Tailored to Seattle’s Chinese community and dedicated to collaboration between American and Chinese companies, and with over 1,000 on-site attendees, Nan Hai says it’s the largest Seattle-area event on global innovation and collaboration. This summit will cover Technology & Innovation in Healthcare, Cloud in Practice, Angel Investment and Innovation, Intelligent Mobility and Cloud Networks, AI in Practice, Cross-border M & A Law and Practice in China and America, and include a corporate recruiting session and a career fair. Cyrus Habib, Lt. Governor of Washington, will give the opening speech, followed by keynote speakers Ya-Qin Zhang, President of Baidu and former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Swami Sivasubramanian, VP, Amazon Web Services, and others. For more info and registration, go to Nan Hai website here.

Sept. 28: China Council policy briefing on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

WSCRCAs part of its Policy Briefing Series, China Council this time will have as speaker Vincent C. H. Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Seattle, to talk about U.S.-Taiwan relations. Mr. Yao supervises TECO in Seattle’s work on broadening and deepening Taiwan’s relations with the Northwest United States. Previously, Mr. Yao was Deputy Director General of the Department of North American Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan), where he was instrumental in designing and implementing Taiwan’s policies toward the U.S. Thursday, Sept. 28, 3:45pm - 5:15pm, at US Bank Centre, 9th Floor, 1420 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. For more information, go to China Council website here.

Sept. 16: Tacoma Moon Festival 2017

CRPFThe Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation in Tacoma is celebrating the 5th annual Tacoma Moon Festival at the Chinese Reconciliation Park on the Ruston waterfront on Saturday from 2pm to 7pm. This year’s theme is “Immigrant’s Stories.” The entertainment stage at the Fuzhou Ting will feature a Native Pride Dance group with Tacoma Public Schools, Kim Archer Music, Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest, Jekesa Marimba, Tello Hernandez, and a final performance of Beijing Opera by Seattle’s Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club. “Mooncakes” will be available for sale, with a wine and beer garden for adults, hands-on craft activities for adults and children. At the close of the festival at 7pm, the Moon Princess will lead a parade of lanterns. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, go to the Foundation website here.

Sept: 16: Celebration of Traditional Culture at Seattle Chinese Garden

SCGThe Seattle Chinese Garden is presenting a new event this month, Celebration of Traditional Culture, or 传统节日的庆典, in Knowing the Spring Courtyard on Saturday from noon to 3:30pm. The celebration will include traditional dance, music, song and Sichuan face changing, and a plaiting demonstration by Yiqiao (George) Jiang, who will also offer paintings for sale. There will be a food booth by Liana’s Café House, offering Chinese lunch favorites and snacks. Knowing the Spring Courtyard will be closed on Saturday, September 16, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Admission at noon is for ticket holders only. For more information, go to Garden website here. For tickets, go to Eventbrite page here.

Aug. 10: China Council policy briefing on Chinese FDI in U.S. by Congressional District

WSCRCThe Washington State China Relations Council continues its Policy Briefing Series in August with a special speaker, Daniel H. Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group (RHG), who leads the firm’s work on China. With its expertise on disruptive global trends, RHG places assessment of China’s economic development at the core. Daniel H. Rosen will share insights from "New Neighbors 2017 Update: Chinese FDI in the United States by Congressional District" –a report by Rhodium Group and the National Committee on US-China Relations. Event will be at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 10, 2017, at Dorsey & Whitney, 701 5th Ave, Suite 6100, Seattle, WA 98104. For more info and registration, go to China Council website.

Aug. 8: CCCWA Seattle Forum on Smart Cities

CCCWAThe Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Washington State is holding its seventh Seattle Forum series, this time on Smart Cities. It has invited John Peng, Global Commerce Director of iSoftstone, to introduce innovation and technology of smart cities, current development and prospects of smart cities in the U.S. and China. Topics include: Smart City Introduction; Smart Cities: China vs. U.S.; Case Studies; Urban Planning; Smart Buildings; Smart Transportation; Smart Energy/Water; Smart Tourism; Smart Plaza; Innovation Center; Experience Center, etc. Tue, Aug 8 2017, 5:00pm - 6:30pm, Conference Room 1E-120, Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. For more information, go to CCCWA website.

July 26: Trade Development Alliance to brief on U.S. and China investment and trade

TDATrade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle will give a U.S.-China briefing on Opportunities and Risks in Investment and Trade. Areas to be covered would include, Capital Restrictions, Trade Implications, One-Belt-One-Road, and Cyber Security Law. Featured speakers are Yuping Wang, Partner of Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT), and Robin Chen, Co-Head of the China Desk, Wells Fargo. Jul 26, 2017, 9:00 - 10:30AM; Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, 1301 15th Ave Suite #1500, Seattle, WA 98101. $25 TDA members/$35 non-members. For registration and more info, go to TDA website.

June 28: China Council policy briefing on China’s market reforms

WSCRCAs another of its Policy Briefing Series, the Washington State China Relations Council will focus this panel discussion on “Outlook on China's Market Reforms: Risks and Rewards.” The moderator will be Victor Chan, VP & Country Manager for China, Hong Kong and Singapore with U.S. Bank’s International Banking Group. Panelists include Fabio Ghironi, Paul F. Glaser Endowed Professor in Economics at UW, Andrew Batson, Director of China research for Gavekal, and Spencer Cohen, Senior Economist at Community Attributes Inc. Venue: U.S. Bank Center, 1420 5th Ave, 4th Floor, Seattle WA 98101. Time: June 28, 2017, 3:45 - 5:15 pm. For more info and registration, go to China Council website here.

May 22 – 24: World Forum for FDI 2017 with China Council as a partner

WSCRCWashington State China Relations Council announced on its website that it was pleased to be a Promotional Partner of the 14th Annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment – the premier global cross-border investment event – in Shanghai, China from May 22-24, 2017. Held annually in a different country each time, the World Forum brings together senior corporate executives with their government counterparts and intermediaries to discuss the global economic landscape and explore new business opportunities. According to event program, Mercy Kuo, president of the Council, will be part of a panel discussion on “Navigating Global Disruption: Cybersecurity & Supply Chain.” For more information, go to China Council website.

May 23: China Council policy briefing on North Korea’s Nuclear Program

WSCRCThe coming briefing by the Washington State China Relations Council is “North Korea’s Nuclear Program: Implications for Washington State and U.S.-China-Korea Relations,” featuring Moon Duk-ho, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle. In its announcement, China Council said Washington state and much of the U.S. west coast would be within potential range of North Korea’s ballistic missiles. With China strongly opposed to the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-ballistic missile system the U.S. has deployed to South Korea, the briefing would address the effects of these developments for Washington state’s economy, closely linked with both South Korea and China. For more information, go to China Council website.

May 10: China Club dinner talk on China's new Silk Road “One Belt, One Road”

China ClubChina’s One Belt One Road vision (OBOR) is an ambitious and innovative initiative with the potential to extend China’s influence across Asia by increasing economic, cultural, and military ties in the region. The plan, which would create a trade bloc, lessen U.S. influence, etc., is not, however, without potential problems and risks for many countries. Dongsheng Zang, Director of the Asian Law Center & Chinese Legal Studies, will reveal China’s plans and what they might mean for the region and the world. Friday, March 10; 6:30 pm Social; 7:00 pm Dinner; 8:15 pm Speaker; China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. North; Members $25, Non-members $32. For more information and registration, go to China Club website.

May 8: China Council hosting delegation of China Global Philanthropy Institute

WSCRCChina Global Philanthropy Institute was founded by five Chinese and U.S. philanthropists, Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, Niu Gensheng, He Qiaonyu and Ye Qingjun. It is committed to building a knowledge system supporting the development of philanthropy in China and the world. The reception will feature business leaders from U.S. and China, including Niu Gensheng: Co-founder, China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited; Wang Zhenyao: Dean, Beijing Normal University One Foundation Philanthropy Research Institute; Collette Ogle: Program Officer, Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound. Monday, May 8, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Garvey Schubert Barer, 1191 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101; Cost: $20 - $30. For more information and registration, go to China Council website.

May 6 – 14: 2017 Invest in America Summit in China with Gary Locke as advisor

7th Invest in America SummitThe Invest in America Summit and Exhibition, according to its organizer, is the largest annual American investment conference and trade show in China, starting 2011, or a “can't miss EB-5 annual event in China,” according to Ron Klasko, an American immigration lawyer. Gary Locke, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former governor of Washington, a VIP guest last year, is an advisor this year. In addition to U.S. immigration investment, the Summit this year will also present other investment opportunities. Locke is expected to speak on the topic of investment environment in the U.S. under the Trump administration. The event will travel from Shanghai to Beijing, Shenzhen Guangzhou and other cities. For more information, go to the event website.

May 6 - 7: Seattle Chinese Garden 5th Peony and Bamboo Festival, re-rescheduled

Seattle Chinese GardenWith the cold, rainy weather and the reluctance of the peonies to bloom, the Seattle Chinese Garden has postponed, again, its 5th annual Peony and Bamboo Festival. It is now re-rescheduled, tentatively, for the weekend of May 6-7, from April 22-23 as in last reschedule. In an earlier announcement, the Garden said the festival would showcase specialty bamboo offered by growers from Washington and Oregon, craft vendors, displays, cultural entertainment for the whole family, peony and bamboo painting demonstrations and Chinese food booths. It also said, “Plus, we have other special plans in the works for this year.” Hope the "special plans" are still on, and peonies bloom, with the new schedule. For more information, go to Garden website.

Apr. 27: Shoreline GAC to talk South China Sea

GACAs part of its Spring 2017 series of Great Discussions of Foreign Policy Issues, Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College is holding a discussion on “Conflict in the South China Sea.” The topic summary says, “Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.” 6:30 – Video background report; 7:00 – Remarks by guest; 7:30 – group discussion. $35 for the series of 8 meetings, Apr. 13 – June 1, 2017, 6:30- 8:30 pm, Room 1010(m), 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Shoreline, WA. For more information and registration, go to GAC website.

Apr. 26: Confucius Institute celebrating 7th anniversary with Terracotta Warriors and John Pomfret

CIWAThe Confucius Institute of Washington State is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year. The event will combine a tour of the exhibit of The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at the Pacific Science Center and a conversation on U.S.-China relations in a new administration with John Pomfret, former Washington Post Beijing bureau chief and author of “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present.” Wednesday, April 26 @ 6:00 - 7:30 PM (plus visit exhibit 7:30 - 8:30 PM), The Pacific Science Center, Seattle. Cost is $15 for World Affairs Council members; $25 for non-members. For more information, go to CIWA website. For registration, go to World Affairs Council website.

Apr. 19: WSCRC inaugural policy briefing on U.S. National Security Law and Technology Export to China

WSCRCWashington State China Relations Council is launching a new program called the WSCRC Policy Briefing Series (PBS), a series of curated conversations assessing key issues in U.S.-China trade and security relations. Held on a regular basis throughout the year, these sessions will assemble national experts for an in-depth and interactive engagement. The inaugural session of the PBS will be on “U.S. National Security Law: Impact on U.S.-China Technology Export Restrictions,” April 19, 4:00-5:30pm, at Dorsey & Whitney, 701 5th Ave, Suite 6100 Columbia Tower, Seattle. For more information, go to Council website.

Apr. 17: UW Asian Law panel discussion “China in Transition: Law & Social Change”

UW Asian LawUW Asian Law Center is going to hold a special panel discussion about legal and societal change underway in China, featuring visiting experts from the fields of constitutional law, commercial law, sociology, business, and public policy. The six panelists mostly from China include four professors of respectively Peking University, Remin University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and other experts. Discussion will be moderated by Prof. Zang Dongsheng, Director of the Asian Law Center. Coffee/tea and cookies served. April 17, 5:10 – 6:30 pm, William H. Gates Hall, Room 127. For more information, go to UW Law calendar.

Apr. 8 – Sept. 4: China’s Terracotta Warriors on show at Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science CenterPacific Science Center will host the World Premiere of a “never-before-seen exhibition” of “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” from early April to early September. The Center says it is an immersive investigation of the science behind priceless artifacts including real figures from the terracotta army and over 100 artifacts illustrating the technological advancements of the Qin Dynasty. Along with it would a complementary IMAX documentary, Mysteries of China, telling the story of ancient China, the first Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China today. For more information and tickets, go to Pacific Science Center website.

Mar. 26: FA3 to present talk on Confucius, Communism and China

FA3FA3, the Friends of Asian Art Association, will present a talk on a big topic which is obviously not art, “Confucius, Communism and China,” except maybe the three Cs. It will be given by UW Professor Emeritus, Dr. Frederick Brandauer, who will analyze and reflect on two seemingly contradictory Chinese national policies: the official rejection of Confucius and Confucian tradition while retaining strong continuities with Confucius and his teachings, and the maintenance of China’s official Communist socio-political-economic ideological position. Sunday, March 26, 2 - 4 p.m. Skyline Retirement Center 725 Ninth Avenue, Seattle. For more information and registration, go to FA3 website.

Mar. 21: Howard French to talk “Everything Under The Heavens” with SAM

SAMAs part of the Asia Talks at the Seattle Art Museum, Howard French, the former New York Times Asia correspondent, will talk about his new book, “Everything Under The Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power,” an incisive investigation of China’s ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global diplomacy. Presented with the World Affairs Council, the Washington State China Relations Council, and The Elliott Bay Book Company, the event will be at Folio, 314 Marion St., 7 – 8pm, with ticket at $15. For more info and registration, go to SAM website.

Mar. 15: China Council to hold its 2017 annual banquet

WSCRCWith its last annual banquet held in Feb. 2016, very late for the 36th anniversary of the organization founded in1979, the Washington State China Relations Council just announced its next annual banquet be on March 15. It is not clear if this “2017 annual banquet” is for the 37th or 38th anniversary. It would be 5:30-9:00 P.M. at Bell Harbor Conference Center. Keynote speaker would be Ambassador Carla Hills, Chairman and CEO of Hills & Company, former U.S. Trade Representative and Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She will share her insights from the frontlines of the U.S.-China relationship and her expectations for the coming year, the announcement said, as the new administration has pledged to renegotiate the U.S.-China relationship, promising changes that will impact Washington State’s ties with China. For more information, go to Council website here.

Mar. 10: China Club dinner talk on China’s “left-behind” children

China ClubUW Professor Kam Wing Chan, who specializes in China's urbanization and migration, will give a talk at the next China Club dinner on “China's Missing Children– Economic migration and 100 million kids left behind.” China’s recent decision to end its one-child policy is an urgent effort to confront the crisis of aging population. Yet, about 100 million existing children are in serious problems, disadvantaged by their parents’ migration to urban areas to work. Chan will explain China’s urbanization and household registration system and this vast population of “left-behind” children. Friday, Mar. 10, 6:30 pm social, 7:00 pm dinner, 8:15 pm speaker; $25 members, $32 Non-members; China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. North. For more information and registration, go to China Club website.

Mar. 2: 2017 Outlook for Asia’s Economic Powerhouses under Trump’s Trade Policy

ABFAs the first Asia Business Forum of the new year, it will assess the economic prospects for China, India and Japan in 2017 and the impact of President Trump’s new trade policies and delivering of campaign promises. Panelists on China would be David Reid, Professor of Global Business Strategy at Seattle U, teaching courses on “Competing With and Within China;” Joe Borich, former President of Washington State China Relations Council and American Consul General in Shanghai, China. Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM, Seattle Art Museum (Nordstrom Lecture Hall), 1300 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Cost: $20 (Early bird; Total seating: 100). For more information, go to Asia Business Forum meetup page here. For registration, go to eventbrite here.

Feb. 22: Prof. Dongsheng Zang of UW to give seminar on “The New Silk Road”

UW Asian LawProf. Dongsheng Zang, Director of the UW Asian Law Center & Chinese Legal Studies, will give a lunch time seminar on “The New Silk Road: The Perspective from International Law.” The New Silk Road” refers to China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a development and trade framework unveiled in 2013 that focuses on promoting connectivity and cooperation between China and the rest of Eurasia. It will be sponsored by the UW Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. It will be 12:30-2:00 pm, Denny Hall, Room 211, University of Washington. For more information, go to Ellison Center webpage.

Feb. 16: 2017 Seattle Chinese New Year Concert

CIWACIWA, the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, announced in its Jan-Feb newsletter the date and venue of the coming 2017 Seattle Chinese New Year Concert: 7:30 pm, Feb 16 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The Institute is a partner of the event, which would be organized by the Pacific Northwest Cultural Exchange Council. This year, the concert will feature Beijing Chinese Orchestra, with Ma Jiuyue as the Music Director. It is said that BCO’s U.S. Northwest Tour brings President Xi Jinping’s New Year’s greetings to overseas Chinese and American friends. For more information and tickets, go to CIWA website and Seattle Symphony website.

(The Seattle Times reported on Jan. 26 that this concert was canceled due to visa problems. It quoted the office of Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, that a consular official had ruled that the musicians’ “stated purpose of travel” didn’t match the class of visas they’d applied for.)

Jan. 31: Jackson School lecture on Chinese People’s Liberation Army

JSISThe China Studies Program at the UW Jackson School of International Studies will give a lecture with the topic “From the Barrel of a Gun: Politics, Power, and the Chinese Army.” The speaker will be Peter Mattis, a University of Washington alumnus (JSIS ‘05), a Fellow in the China Program at The Jamestown Foundation, and a former research associate at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Event announcement says that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the armed wing of the Chinese Communist Party, not the army of the People’s Republic. What it does not say is that “barrel of a gun” is part of quote from Mao Zedong that “Power comes from the barrel of a gun.” 4-5:30 p.m., Thomson Hall 317. For more information, go to China Studies Program webpage here.

Jan. 20: China Club dinner to talk about Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)

China ClubChina Club of Seattle is holding its first dinner event of 2017 featuring Vikram Jandhyala, Co-Executive Director of GIX, Global Innovation Exchange and Vice President for Innovation Strategy at the University of Washington. With the task of developing innovation thought leaders who will address the world’s biggest societal challenges, GIX is marrying the strengths of its partners – the UW, arguably the world’s top public innovation university, Tsinghua, ‘China’s MIT,’ Microsoft, a key industry and funding partner. First announced in 2015, with ground-breaking in 2016, GIX will open doors of its Bellevue campus this fall. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm at China Harbor Restaurant, $25 for members, $32 non-members, purchased on Eventbrite or by advance check. For more information and registration, go to China Club website.

Jan 11: UW Asian Law to screen Chinese documentary “Hooligan Sparrow”

UW Asian LawAsian Law Center is back after winter break to its weekly Wednesday screening of Chinese documentaries. The first film of 2017 is the Oscar-shortlisted 2016 documentary Hooligan Sparrow, by Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang. It follows Chinese activist Ye Haiyan -- nicknamed "Hooligan Sparrow,"– as she travels in China to seek justice for six elementary school girls allegedly sexually abused by their principal. A panel discussion follows the screening, with Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Professor of Anthropology and of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and PhD candidates in feminist studies Stephanie Yingyi Wang, Yiyu Tian, and Christina Yuen Zi Chung. 7:00-9:00pm, William H. Gates Hall, Room 117. For more info, go to UW Law calendar. For questions, email Allison McCarty.

(For more information on major events in Washington state-China relations, go to WA China Chronicle.)