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Madeleine Albright, Hank Paulson to discuss US and China at Wellesley College

Posted by Evan Allen  January 23, 2013 09:24 AM

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First female Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson will visit Wellesley College on Thursday to participate in a public dialogue on the United States and China in the 21st Century moderated by Wellesley alum Cokie Roberts, senior correspondent for ABC News and NPR.

Paulson and Albright will discuss US-China relations and global politics, according to a release from the college.

Albright graduated from Wellesley in 1959, and the college named the 2013 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global affairs after her. The Institute is dedicated to teaching students how to lead in an interdependent global environment, according to the release.

Paulson was Secretary of the Treasury from 2006 to 2009, and he and his wife, Wendy Judge Paulson, a Wellesley graduate, are distinguished visiting professors for the Institute, according to the release.

Paulson currently chairs The Paulson Institute, a non-profit and non-partisan institute that promotes “affirmative economic and environmental relations between the United States and China,” according to the release.

“If the US can find a way to work with China, most global problems will become much easier to handle; if the US cannot work with China, solving global problems will be much more difficult,” said Paulson in the release.

The conversation between Albright and Paulson will include discussion of political leadership in China, trade and environmental policies, and how President Obama might address these during his second term, according to the release.

The talk will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 106 Central St. in Wellesley. It will also be livestreamed here. It is free and open to the public.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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