(A selection of events, 2017)
July 26: Trade Development Alliance to brief on U.S. and China investment and trade
Trade 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
As 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
Washington 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
The 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’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
China 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
The 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
With 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
As 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
The 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
Washington 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 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 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
FA3, 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
As 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
With 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
UW 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
As 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”
Prof. 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
CIWA, 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
The 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 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”
Asian 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.)