Conference tackles U.S., Mexico and China economic relationships

April 28, 2008 by Mario Montes NMSU News Center

The complex, triangular relationships of the United States, Mexico and China will be the subject of a conference sponsored by New Mexico State University’s Confucius Institute Saturday, May 3, in the New Mexico Room 324 at Corbett Center.

“We will have scholars from all three countries who will exchange their views and have a chance to talk about their ideas on these relationships. This is open to the public and at each session there will be opportunities for questions and answers, dialogue and interaction,” said Kenneth J. Hammond, director of the Confucius Institute and associate professor of history at NMSU.

The conference will be split into three sessions:

•Session I from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: “The Chinese Perspective” with panelists Yang Zhimin, Institute for Latin American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Jin Canrong, dean of the School of International Studies, People’s University, Beijing and Lin Quingsi, associate professor, School of International Studies, People’s University.

•Session II from 10:30 a.m. to noon: “Economics of the Border” with panelists Jim Peach, professor of economics at NMSU; David Molina, professor of economics, University of North Texas; Winnie Lee, associate professor of international business at NMSU and Chris Brown, associate professor of geography at NMSU.

•Session III from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: “Perspectives from Mexico” with panelists Eduardo Mendoza, researcher in economics, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Raúl Campos, director of international programs, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.

As China becomes a stronger and stronger economic force, it is having transforming effects on the world and in particular the conference will focus on the U.S.-Mexico relationships, Mexico-Chinese relationships and U.S.-Chinese relationships. There will be discussions about the maquila industry, the energy market and their viewpoints on how this affects current trade relationships and future trade agreements, Hammond said.

“We hope that this conference will help to further develop New Mexico State as a center for international studies and for studies along the border,” Hammond said. Hammond also hopes this conference will help integrate NMSU’s strengths in border studies and its strengths on East Asia through the Confucius Institute.

The conference will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Colfax Room, second floor of Corbett Center.

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