Congresswoman Grace Meng to Speak on Israel-China Relations at King Graduate School on March 7

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Congresswoman Grace Meng will be speaking at Monroe College's King Graduate School on March 7 as part of its ongoing series on Israel’s shifting attention toward China as a key economic, political, and cultural partner.

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that Congresswoman Grace Meng will be speaking at King Graduate School on March 7 as part of its ongoing series on Israel’s shifting attention toward China as a key economic, political, and cultural partner. The talk will be open to the general public.

Congresswoman Meng (D-NY 6th District) will speak at Monroe College’s extension site in Queens, home to one of the country’s largest Chinese populations. She will share her perspectives as a U.S. Congresswoman on the two countries’ strengthening ties and the potential impact on American relations with both strategic partners. Shahar Azani, Executive Director for the Northeast Region of StandWithUs, an international Israel education organization, will also speak. Evan Jerome, Senior Vice President at Monroe College, will host the event and also make introductory remarks.

Israel and China have become increasingly influential political and economic allies since first establishing diplomatic relations in January 1992. As of last year, China -- Israel’s third-largest trading partner -- eclipsed the U.S. as Israel’s primary import partner, with $8.1 billion annually in goods originating in China compared to $7.4 billion in the U.S. A historic agreement signed between the countries last year facilitating increased economic cooperation between the two countries and granting China expedited customs and trade privileges once solely extended to the U.S. further underscores the countries’ strengthening relationship.

Congresswoman Meng’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm on Monday, March 7 at the Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel at 135-20 39th Avenue in Flushing, Queens. Light refreshments will be served.

“Israel’s strengthening economic and political ties with China and other Asian nations is certainly of interest to the region and the United States,” said Mr. Jerome. “King Graduate School is honored to host Congresswoman Meng next week to hear her insights on how Israel’s growing economic alliance with China potentially impacts the United States' relationships and trade with both.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her second term in the United States House of Representatives. She represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses the west, central and northeast Queens, and is the first Asian-American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only member of Congress in the Northeast of Asian descent. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.

Congresswoman Meng is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. The Foreign Affairs Committee oversees United States foreign policy towards all nations around the world, and has jurisdiction over foreign aid, the State Department and key international organizations such as the United Nations.

To reserve for this event:

Monroe College-Queens
914-740-6614
queens(at)monroecollege.edu

About Monroe College

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu

Monroe’s Queens Extensions Site in Flushing offers graduate courses within the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), Master’s of Criminal Justice and Master’s of Public Health programs through its King Graduate School. Its Undergraduate Bridge Program allows residents living and working in the area to take undergraduate courses at its school and begin the process of earning a degree. The site also offers ESL courses to residents of Queens and will be offering a Tech Boot Camp in March 2016. For additional information or questions on course enrollment, please contact the Queens Extensions Site’s Admissions Office at 914-740-6614 or queens(at)monroecollege.edu.

About StandWithUs

StandWithUs is an international, non-profit organization that works to facilitate peace by building a better understanding about Israel, its people, and global challenges. Based in Los Angeles, with 16 offices across the U.S., Canada, Israel, the UK and elsewhere, StandWithUs is dedicated to combating the extremism and anti-Semitism that often distorts the issues. It provides education and information to correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and to promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region. Its work ensures that the story of Israel’s achievements and ongoing challenges is told on campuses and in communities around the world.

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