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Payson Center co-hosting Chinese officials for Oct. 17 forum on energy and trade

October 12, 2013

A delegation of senior Chinese officials is set to visit Tulane University Oct. 17 for a public forum exploring U.S.-China energy and trade.

The event, scheduled for 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, Room 1111, builds on Tulane’s longstanding relationship with China and new partnerships that are being developed through Tulane Law School and its Payson Center for International Development.

The visit has been organized by Research Professor S.T. Hsieh, Founding Director of the US/China Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC) at the Payson Center. The forum is co-sponsored by the Payson Center, a multidisciplinary research and teaching hub at the Law School that focuses on social and economic development studies; the Tulane Energy Institute; the Freeman School of Business; and the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

The Chinese delegation includes H.E. Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Asia and former Ambassador from China to the United States; Mr. Jin Liqun, Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Ltd. and former Deputy Minister of Finance; Mr. Zhou Dadi, Vice Chairman of the State Energy Expert Committee; Madame Xu Erwen, Consul General at the Chinese Consulate General in Houston; and Mr. Zhang Ping, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA).

Louisiana is a major port of U.S. energy trades, and Tulane has engaged in various outreach efforts to China on issues related to energy, trade, law and the environment. Just this year, Tulane Law School has launched two programs in conjunction with Chinese Universities.

During the summer, the first Tulane Law School Institute of Chinese Law and Business Transactions took a dozen students to Beijing and Shanghai to study international trade, business and banking and learn about the Chinese legal system. The program is a partnership with the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Through a joint degree program involving Tulane, China University, Fudan University and Dalian Maritime University, Chinese students can spend their fourth year in New Orleans. If they successfully complete those studies, they’ll receive an undergraduate law degree from their universities and qualify for a Tulane LLM.


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