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Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Chinese ambassador to U.S. to speak in Indianapolis on Nov. 29

Nov. 7, 2007

Editors: Efforts to arrange for a media availability with the ambassador are ongoing. We will provide further details closer to the event.

Zhou Wenzhong

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Zhou Wenzhong, China's ambassador to the United States, will speak Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. His presentation is one of two events this month focusing on U.S.-Chinese business relations and sponsored by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Zhou, who has been in his current post since 2005, will speak on the topic "China's Peaceful Development and U.S.-China Relations." The program, which will include a question-and-answer session, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

While there is no charge for the event, registration is required and can be done online at

His visit is being sponsored by the Indianapolis programs of the Kelley School, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Cummins Inc.

CIBER creates business research and study opportunities for IU faculty and students, allowing the university's graduates and partners to better compete in today's global economy. It is directed by Barbara Flynn, professor of operations management at Kelley-Indianapolis.

A native of China's Jiangsu Province, Zhou began his career in diplomatic service as a staff member of the Beijing Diplomatic Service Bureau from 1970 to 1973. Prior to his current post, he focused on foreign-related security as vice minister of foreign affairs. His other diplomatic assignments have included those in the United States, Australia, Bermuda, Barbados and Antigua. From 1973 to 1975, Zhou studied at Bath University and the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

On Monday (Nov. 12), Xiande Zhao, a professor of operations management and the director of the Supply Chain Management Research Center at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is scheduled to speak at this month's CIBER international luncheon series.

Xiande will speak on "Competing Inside and Outside of China: Logistics, Quality, and Relationships." Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The talk will begin at 12:15. The cost will be $40 for the public and $25 for Kelley students and faculty. Registration is available at