By the date of this event, the Biden Administration’s comprehensive review of trade policy with China will be complete. As you know, trade and overseas market access are key component of our economic vitality in the Pacific Northwest. What will the impact of changes to the former administration’s policy bring for us? What changes and ramifications can we expect with regard to other foreign policy areas such as security, technology, human rights, etc.? What are the prospects for the administration to be able to balance cooperation and competition?
Join the World Trade Center Tacoma and the World Affairs Council Tacoma as Sam Kaplan, author of the newly-published, Challenging China: Smart Strategies for Dealing with China in the Xi Jinping Era shares his views on these and other questions. Sam has worked with and in China for thirty plus years and is currently the director of the Washington State Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management. WTC Tacoma’s Senior Trade Consultant, Mike Fowler, will moderate and take questions from attendees.
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Our virtual book club is open to all! Its theme in 2021 is The Traveler’s World and features books on travel or adventure narratives. We’re lucky to have Beth Ahlstrom, a former World Affairs Council Tacoma board member and seasoned international traveler, as our host.
Our April book club selection is The Beach, by British novelist Alex Garland. The beach, as Richard, our male protagonist, has come to learn, is the subject of legend among young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for a thousand years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled in a communal Eden. But this Edenic paradise soon reveals itself to be much darker and foreboding, as Richard realizes all is not well in paradise.
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About our speaker:
Prior to Lima, Andrew served as Alternate U.S. Representative to the Organization of American States (WHA/USOAS), where he covered energy, environment, urban sustainability, and climate change issues. Previously, he served as an Economic/ESTH officer at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China.
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The Eastern Mediterranean produces headlines and crises, from civil wars in Libya and Syria to repression in Egypt, from Turkey’s confrontation with its neighbors to the Israel-Palestine dispute. The United States has been the leading outside power in the region since WWII, but that role is increasingly contested by Russia and, to a degree, China. Should Washington consider this a challenge, or instead as an opportunity to partially disengage and focus on other strategic priorities?
John Koenig is a long-time American diplomat who served almost 25 years in Europe and the Mediterranean, including as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus from 2012-2015. He was born and raised in Tacoma and is currently teaching classes on US Foreign Policy for the University of Washington.
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