Asia Pacific Scholars,Officials and Business Leaders Gathered at East-West Center Conference in Beijing

About 300 scholars, officials, educators and business leaders from more than 25 areas all over Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. gathered at Peking University in Beijing Sept. 1-3 for an East-West Center international conference on the theme of “Community Building and Leadership in Asia Pacific.”

The conference featured more than 100 substantive presentations and panels on current regional topics, including international relations, economics, environment, education, arts and culture, health, and much more. The Honorable Gary Locke, United States Ambassador to the PRC, gave the keynote address.

The conference was jointly held by the East-West Center, an internationally recognized education and research institution headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the East-West Center Association, the organization that represents the Center’s more than 60,000 alumni throughout Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. – including several heads of state and numerous other government officials, as well as leaders of education, NGOs, media and business.

Since the East-West Center was established in 1960, more than 4,000 Chinese research specialists, graduate students and professionals in government, business, journalism and the arts have participated in the Center’s programs.

In addition to degree fellowships offered in partnership with the University of Hawaii, EWC’s collaborative research, study, training and international dialogue programs include the China-US Journalists Exchange, China Protected Areas Leadership Alliance Project, the Asian Studies Development Program’s summer China Field Seminar and many others.

Go to the 2012 Beijing Conference webpage for more details and photos from the conference.