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January 24-25: Discover opportunities in China at a two day conference

"China: A Two-Way Street: A forum on China's economic growth and opportunities for Indiana" -- An important conference about the opportunities China's economy offers to Hoosiers (It's more than only job losses!)

When: Wednesday January 24 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, reception 4:30-6:00 PM; Thursday January 25 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Westin Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. Sponsored by Indiana State University.

This conference is organized by Indiana State University's Networks Financial Institute, which "exists to help the financial services industry transform itself through better leadership, creative collaboration, and community-based financial literacy initiatives." They do have a stellar line-up for the day and a half conference.

The January 24 session will focus on two questions:
  • Why China? Exchange of ideas and information regarding the opportunities and benefits to Indiana from developing relationships and conducting business with the Chinese, especially related to capital investment and trade will be addressed.
  • How to work with China? Specific issues such as Chinese tax law and acquisition, labor law and more will also be addressed.
Some of the stars speaking on the 24th will be Ted Fishman, author of the bestselling China Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges the United States; Xing Yuanyuan, professor at Liaoning University and visiting scholar at Indiana State University; and Jack Perkowski, chairman and CEO of ASIMCO, one of the largest foreign invested manufacturing operations in China (often named one of the "ten best employers in China.")

The January 25 half day session will focus on "China's Changing Financial System: Can It Catch Up With, Or Even Drive, Growth." A panel of Chinese Business relations experts will address to several interesting questions:
  • What are the current weaknesses and strengths in the Chinese financial system?
  • What is the pace of reform and is it sufficient?
  • Is the financial system impairing growth?
  • Will the financial sector become a leading sector for rapid growth in the United States?
Speaking will be James R. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University and a Senior Finance Fellow at the Milken Institute; and Morris Goldstein, the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics.

The conference costs $75. For information and a registration form, contact Linda Beckwith at 317-536-0281 or 800-603-7113; or Register Online Here. The registration deadline is 17 January.

If this event sounds interesting, you should check out events at the World Trade Club such as its review of US trade policy February 20. You can get a very different perspective on culture with a Chinese music and art event at UIndy Valentine's Day.

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