Clemson Renaissance Center: “How to Do Business with China Today: Challenges and Opportunities”

A Clemson Renaissance Center Event….

Please join us for the Clemson University Center for China Studies 2008 Speaker Series on “How to Do Business with China Today: Challenges and Opportunities”

Co-sponsored by: Clemson University Renaissance Center

Featured speaker: Erin Ennis, Vice President, U.S.-China Business Council

When: 12:00, Friday, February 15, 2008

Where: The Lazy Goat, 170 River Place, Greenville, SC 296001

Cost of Lunch: $15.00

Register online at: http://business.clemson.edu/rencenter/RenaissanceCtr.htm

Extraordinary economic growth in China in the past thirty years has changed that country fundamentally. Erin Ennis, with her in-depth, hands-on knowledge in both public and private sectors in dealing with China and Asia in the past fifteen or so years, will speak about the current business climate in China, focusing on the experiences of U.S. companies operating in China. She will also discuss the challenges that remain for companies that seek to do business in and with China, as well as the opportunities for companies that may be considering how China fits into their operations.

Erin Ennis has been Vice President of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) since May 2005. In that position, she directs the USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work for member companies and oversees the USCBC’s Business Advisory Services. Founded in 1973, the USCBC provides extensive China-focused information, advisory, and advocacy services, along with events, to more than 250 US corporations operating within the United States and throughout Asia.

Prior to joining the USCBC, Ennis worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, the international consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty. At Kissinger McLarty, Ennis was responsible for implementing strategies for international business clients on proprietary trade matters, primarily in Vietnam and Japan. Before entering the private sector, Ennis held several positions in the US government. At the Office of the US Trade Representative from 1996 to 2000, Ennis first worked in Congressional Affairs on Asia issues, including annual approvals of China’s most favored nation status and the 1997 push to renew presidential “fast track” negotiating authority. Beginning in 1998, she was Assistant to Deputy US Trade Representative Richard Fisher, who led US trade negotiations and enforcement with Asia, the Americas, and on intellectual property rights. From 1992 to 1996, Ennis was a legislative aide to former US Senator John Breaux, working on international trade and commerce.

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