UT launches new China policy center
The University of Texas at Austin is launching a new China policy center.
University officials say the new center will make contributions to the study of China-related policy.
They also hope to advance both U.S. and Texas relations with China. It focuses on a program called the "track to diplomacy."
"China is a vitally important global player, the United States' single most consequential overall bilateral partner, and a country of immense and growing importance to Texas, its economy and its people," said David Firestein, the inaugural executive director of the center. "The University of Texas at Austin, a premier institution of higher learning in the United States and the world, has a mandate to 'change the world.' This new China Policy Center, which I am deeply honored to be entrusted by President Fenves and Dean Evans to stand up and lead, will help The University of Texas realize that ambition."
UT says China is Texas' third largest export market and the second largest source of imports. Texas is also the third most popular destination for Chinese foreign direct investment and the third most popular U.S. state destination for Chinese undergraduate and graduate students.
The center will formally launch on August 28th.