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State department expert on China visits campus

Nov. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--A China expert with the U.S. Department of State will be in Kalamazoo today to give a talk as part of Western Michigan University's observance of International Education Week.

Peter Secor, deputy director for economics in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs, will speak on campus at 4 p.m. today, Nov. 16, in Room 210 Bernhard Center. Secor will share his experiences as a foreign service officer and address the current state of relations with China.

His visit is being cosponsored by Kalamazoo-based Colleagues International and WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Secor joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1983 and during the past 15 years, has worked extensively on trade and other economic issues involving Asia and Europe.

Specific positions he has held include: deputy director for regional affairs in the South and Central Asia bureau; deputy director of the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs with responsibility for EU and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issues; special assistant to the under secretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs; and director of policy planning in the U.S. trade representative's Japan office.

Secor's most recent overseas service was as principal officer and charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Grenada, where in the aftermath of 2004's Hurricane Ivan, he helped implement a large federal government recovery program and worked to improve emergency preparedness. Other previous assignments have been with the Bureau for International Organizations; the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey; and the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

For more information about Secor, contact Jennifer A. Lang, executive director of Colleagues International, at jlang@colleaguesinternational.com or (269) 341-9494.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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