Chinese delegation visits Willamette

The law school last week hosted a visiting delegation of up-and-coming Chinese political leaders, who participated in a panel discussion about Chinese society hosted by 3L Billy Dalto.

The visit was sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders, which fosters political exchanges between promising young political leaders from the U.S. and partner countries. The delegates from China were affiliated with the All-China Youth Federation, a group that sponsors the majority of international exchanges in China.

Members of the delegates included the president of the China Banking Regulatory Commission Youth Federation; the president of the Tianjin Municipal Youth Federation; the program director of the Chinese Young Volunteers Association; and the director of the W&H Law Firm in China.  

The delegates’ stop at Willamette began in Washington, D.C. and included North Carolina. Delegation members toured Newport before coming to the law school for the panel discussion and dinner.

Members of the audience, which included law students and community members, asked the eight delegates questions about externship opportunities in China and about the country’s land use system.

“China’s economy is booming and vibrant now, and we’re proud of it, yet we keep a somber mind,” one of the delegates said through an interpreter. “We still have areas to improve in – we have criminal activities and competition – yet other countries also have the same problems.”