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UND's Kennedy attending meetings in China, Japan

UND President Mark Kennedy is making a trip to Asia this week to meet with leaders from oil and gas industries in China and to speak with other global leaders at a conference in Japan.

Kennedy is set to spend a few days in China before flying to Tokyo on Oct. 9 for the G1 Global Conference. Kennedy will return to the United States on Monday. Kennedy departed for the trip over the weekend, Meloney Linder, UND vice president for marketing & communications, confirmed Monday.

Kennedy is traveling to China at the request of petroleum engineering department chair Vamegh Rasouli to meet with a delegation from Sinopec, Linder said. Sinopec is a Chinese oil and gas enterprise based in Beijing.

After leaving China, Kennedy is scheduled to attend the G1 Global Conference on Sunday at the GLOBIS University in Tokyo. The event is an annual conference in Japan that brings together global and regional leaders.

According to a program overview, Kennedy is scheduled to be on a panel discussing the current social and political environment in the U.S., and in particular how those "fractures" may be impacted by the upcoming midterm elections in November. The panel will include other American speakers.

He is also scheduled to be on a panel that will discuss trade deals with the European Union, China and NAFTA. The panel is set to ask questions about whether a trade war is inevitable or if it has already started, and what that trade war could look like. The panel will also explore what a Japan-led TPP would look like and the potential implications of that. The panel will include Kennedy, as well as a delegate from the European Union and a professor from a Chinese university.

Linder said the UND College of Engineering and Mines is covering the president's hotel stay, flight to Japan from China, meals and taxi for the trip. The G1 Global Conference is covering the president's other flights.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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