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Events focus on democracy, Olympics in China

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26-27, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 302 Frist Campus Center and 1 Robertson Hall
A panel discussion on democratic changes in China and a lecture by an organizer of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26-27, in conjunction with a visit to Princeton by a delegation of students from two Chinese universities.

Students from Peking and Tsinghua universities will be on campus Feb. 25-27 as part of an initiative called Initiating Mutual Understanding Through Student Exchange (IMUSE), which aims to promote cultural interaction between Chinese and North American students. The students' tour also will include visits to Harvard, Yale, Stanford and McGill universities.

For Princeton students, the visit is designed to provide perspectives on China's latest social and political issues. It will include two events that are open to the public:

• The visiting Chinese students will participate in a panel discussion on "Democratic Changes in China" at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in 302 Frist Campus Center. The panel also will include two Princeton scholars of Chinese politics: Lynn White, a professor of politics and international affairs, and Mayling Birney, a lecturer in public and international affairs and postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

• Jicheng Xu, a senior officer of the organizing committee for Beijing's 2008 Olympics will discuss this summer's games -- the first hosted by China -- at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in 1 Robertson Hall.

The events are sponsored by the Davis International Center and IMUSE.

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