First Lady Michelle Obama and Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock discuss the "100,000 Strong" China Study Abroad Initiative on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on the campus of Howard University. You can watch a live webcast of the event here on exchanges.state.gov.
Citing the strategic importance of the U.S.-China relationship, in November 2009, President Barack Obama announced the "100,000 Strong" initiative, a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton officially launched the initiative in May 2010 in Beijing. The Chinese government strongly supports the initiative and has already committed 10,000 "Bridge Scholarships" for American students to study in China. This initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic and cultural ties between the United States and China. You can learn more about the initiative here.