CLEVELAND: Clark T. Randt, Jr., ambassador to People's Republic of China, and the Xie Feng, minister and DCM of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., will explore the opportunities and challenges for U.S.-China after the successful Olympics at noon on Friday, October 3, 2008, at The City Club of Cleveland.
Randt, confirmed by the Senate on July 11, 2001, is the longest serving United States ambassador to the People's Republic of China. A lawyer fluent in Chinese Mandarin, he has lived and worked in Asia and has been traveling to China on business for more than 30 years.
Randt was a resident of Beijing from 1982 through 1984, where he served as first secretary and commercial attaché at the U.S. Embassy. He then lived in Hong Kong for 18 years, most recently as a partner with the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling where he headed the firm's substantial China practice.
Randt is a member of the New York and Hong Kong bars and is a recognized expert on Chinese law. He was the China representative of the National Council for United States-China Trade, served in the United States Air Force Security Service, and is a former governor, first vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Minister Xie is the preeminent U.S. expert in the Chinese embassy, having served in a number of positions in the Embassy in Washington and Chinese Foreign service positions relating to the U.S. and North America for more than 15 years. Widely regarded as an official whose trajectory is rising in Chinese officialdom, he was an Eisenhower Fellow in 1999.
Tickets are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at: www.cityclub.org