Thursday, September 2, 2010
5:45 PM Reception
6:15 PM Lecture
Location: The Union Club
1211 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Enjoy this unique event for just $20 if you are a member of the
Cleveland Council on World Affairs (or if you become one). Nonmember
rate is $30, and the student rate is $10 - please bring your student
The relations between the United States and China have faced a
number of tests in recent years, from trade and currency friction,
to differences on dealing with North Korea, to competing territorial
claims in the South China Sea. All of this continues to take place
against a backdrop of a new American president and a weak U.S.
economy. How the U.S. and China work through these issue, or fail to
do so, will be perhaps the greatest challenge to international
relations in the 21st century. Frank Lavin will present an overview
of the current state of the bilateral relations and also offer
insight as to what lies ahead.
Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Frank Lavin is the former U.S.
Ambassador to Singapore and a leading business expert on Asia. He
currently lives in Hong Kong where he covers Asia as Chairman of
Public Affairs for Edelman, the world's largest independent public
As the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore from 2001-2005, Lavin helped
negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. In addition to
his government position as Ambassador, he served as the Under
Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce
where he was the lead trade negotiator for China and India.
Lavin speaks Chinese and holds degrees in Foreign Service and
Chinese Language, International Relations and International
Economics, and Finance from Georgetown University, John Hopkins
University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
We hope that you are able to join us for this exciting event!