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Engaging Asia Lecture Series-- "A New SE Asia: Economic Integration creates new opportunities for US Business"
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:30pm
Engaging Asia Lecture Series-- "A New SE Asia: Economic Integration creates new opportunities for US Business"

The PSU Institute for Asian Studies' Engaging Asia: Lessons & Perspectives Lecture Series presents

Christopher Runckel for an evening talk 

A New SE Asia:  Economic Integration creates new opportunities for US Business

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
6:30 pm
Followed by a Networking Reception 
PSU campus, University Pointe Bldg, room 102
1950 SW 6th Ave.
(Click for PSU parking info) 
Trade patterns in Asia are continuing to change and evolve.  Southeast Asia is especially true of this.  Country-to-country Free Trade Agreements are one facet of this.  Even larger changes are in the offing when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into effect at the end of 2015.  Additionally, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently under negotiation could also bring large changes.  Join us when former Senior US Diplomat and longtime Portland businessman Chris Runckel, President of Runckel & Associates and the U.S. first Diplomat in Vietnam discusses how this area is changing and the increasing opportunities for Pacific Northwest Companies.  Runckel has 45 years of experience with Asia and over 15 of helping US and other nations companies to increase their opportunities in Asia.  He will update all of us on this rapidly altering landscape.

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About the speaker:

Mr. Christopher W. Runckel is President and Principal of Runckel & Associates. Under President Ford, he served as Deputy General Counsel of the Presidential Clemency Board, which recommended clemency for Vietnam era draft deserters and evaders. In 1993, he was designated by President Clinton as US Special Negotiator for Vietnam.  In 1994, he was the first permanently assigned U.S. diplomat to Hanoi since the Vietnam War, later serving as Deputy Chief of the US Liaison Office and US Embassy. In 1997, Mr. Runckel was recognized for the breadth of his contribution to U.S. - Vietnam relations by being awarded the U.S. Distinguished Honor Award, the highest U.S. Award for diplomatic service. In addition Mr. Runckel has served in foreign assignments in Hong Kong, Fiji, Thailand (two tours), London and in China. Mr. Runckel continues to advise Federal, State and Local government on a wide range of issues and works extensively on projects all over Asia. He is Honorary Chairman of the U.S. Vietnam Business Council and an active speaker on Asian and business subjects. His languages include Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German and Spanish.

Runckel & Associates is an International Business Consulting Firm based in Portland, Oregon that assists companies interested in manufacturing, investing or opening an office factory in Asia.  Runckel & Associates also has developed and owns patents related to renewable fuels from agricultural waste and is currently commercializing these technologies.

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This event is part of the twice yearly PSU Engaging Asia:  Lessons & Perspectives Lecture Series

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The PSU Institute for Asian Studies