Noon Program Series begins February 2nd

The 2018 noon program series at the North Platte Public Library begins at 12:00 PM on Friday, February 2nd.  All programs are free to the public.  Jim Griffin will present “Cracking the Giant:  American Diplomatic and Economic Interaction with China, 1844-2018.”

Jim always does an excellent job with his programs with thorough research, resulting in  very enjoyable and informative one-hour programs.  Jim willingly stepped in after our Humanities Nebraska speaker on this subject had to cancel due to a university conflict.

Americans have always been interested in the economic potential of relations with China.  The enormous size of its potential buying power delights every economist.  In the pursuit of this elusive market, the United States has ventured to increase diplomatic relations with many Chinese governments.  Both diplomatic and economic efforts have had limited success and now the dynamic is changing as China becomes a global power.  This presentation will provide a historical background to American relations with China and current efforts to crack the giant of the east.

Global commerce with China is important to the Nebraska economy.  In fact there is a website, dedicated to  Nebraska’s relationship with China.  With that in mind, the Friends of the Library selected this topic for the series.   The library appreciates seat reservations for the program to help in room set-up.  Please call the library at 535-8036, Ext. 3310 to reserve a seat.  Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.  Water and coffee will be available.

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