Dixie Forum to present lecture on U.S.-China relations

dixieforumandrewandreasenwebFor its first installment of the Spring 2017 semester, Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum will examine whether the U.S.-China relationship will continue to guide U.S.’s future diplomatic and economic policies. Dr. Andrew J. Andreasen, who served as executive director of the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing from 2012 to 2015, will present “Recent Developments in U.S.-China Relations.” The lecture is set to take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. In his presentation, Andreasen will briefly survey the relationship between the United States and China prior to the communist takeover of China in 1949 and the subsequent re-establishment of diplomatic relations in 1979, when China began pursuing its policy of opening and reform. He will additionally discuss current developments in this relationship, including China’s economic development, the country’s increasing ambition as a rising regional power and its pursuit of initiatives related to that ambition including militarization of the South China Sea and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Andreasen, who earned a doctorate from Stanford University, has more than 20 years experience working in China. Prior to working at Peking University, he was managing director of Asia Information Associates Limited and its consulting subsidiary in China, Shanghai AIAL Information Consulting Company Limited. A wholly owned subsidiary of Baker & McKenzie LLC, AIAL provides legal, regulatory consulting, corporate and translation services to the firm’s clients. Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. Dixie Forum will be on recess Jan. 24 but will at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Dunford Auditorium with a presentation from Geoff Smith. For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, contact DSU Forum Coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu or visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.