What impact is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States last fall having on U.S.-China relations? How will China's status as the world's second largest economy affect its role in global politics? Lushan Sun, a senior Chinese diplomat with nearly 30 years of experience in international politics, will address these questions and more at UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5-6:30 p.m. at 10383 Bunche Hall.

Sun serves as deputy consul general at the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles and is an authority on the complex and dynamic relationship between the U.S. and China. He previously served at the headquarters of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, as well as at multiple overseas postings that have included Pakistan and Canada. He also worked briefly for Sinopec Group, China's state-owned petrochemical corporation.

The discussion is free and open to the general public and will feature light refreshments. The event is sponsored by the Burkle Center for International Relations and the Center for Chinese Studies, both at the UCLA International Institute, and is also partially supported by the Education Section of the Chinese Consulate General in L.A.