27th Annual Frank Church Conference 

Youtube is rife with animal battles to the death. Spider vs. mouse. Centipede vs. tarantula. Praying mantis vs. scorpion. This animal kingdom WWF even weaseled its way into the Hollywood mainstream with films like Eagle vs. Shark and Giant Shark vs. Mega Octopus.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, at the 27th annual Frank Church Conference, a very different--and much more peaceful--meeting of animals will take place with Eagle and Dragon: The U.S. and China in the 21st Century. The day-long conference will explore economic, political and cultural relations between American and China and feature a number of experts on the world's top two powerhouse economies.

The conference's keynote address will be delivered by David Shambaugh, director of the China Policy Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Other experts speaking at the conference include Robert Oxnam, former president of the Asia Society; Jeff Snyder-Reinke, professor of Asian history at the College of Idaho; Ruan Zongze, minister counselor at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China; and Shelton Woods, professor of Chinese studies at Boise State.

Except for Shambaugh's lunch address, which costs $35, all lectures are free and open to the public. In tandem with the conference, there will also be an International Economic Summit focusing on international trade for college and advanced high school students.

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