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Carter Center to Host Major U.S.-China Meeting

Contact: Soyia Ellison, 

ATLANTA - The Carter Center today announced plans for a major forum May 6 and 7 on China's wide-ranging domestic and international reforms and their implications for U.S.-China relations.

The Atlanta symposium, which is open to the public and the press, is the sixth in the "World Forum on China Studies" series and the first to be held outside of China. The Carter Center and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences are co-organizers of the program.

More than 30 respected Chinese and American scholars and policy researchers will exchange views on China's current reforms and future prospects in the political, economic, social, international affairs, and cultural sectors.

U.S.-China relations will figure prominently in the exchanges. Renowned Chinese international economist Justin Yifu Lin and veteran diplomat Zhaoxing Li, who served as Beijing's ambassador to Washington and as China's foreign minister, will offer special addresses at the meeting. On the U.S. side, influential U.S.-China analysts David M. Lampton of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Douglas Paal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will provide solo presentations.

"At the heart of the Carter Center's China Program is the constant exploration of our shared concerns, acknowledged differences, and the intellectual foundations of our nations' policies," Carter Center CEO and Ret. (Amb.) Mary Ann Peters said. "We are delighted to cooperate with our friends at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences to bring this impressive roster of thinkers and policy advisors together at the Center to continue that vital discussion."

Forum details, including a detailed agenda, are available in English and in Chinese.

Members of the public interested in attending the event should RSVP by April 29. Media representatives should contact Soyia Ellison at the email address above.

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