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Butzel Long attorney C. Peter Theut invited to serve on Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Confucius Institute

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  Butzel Long attorney C. Peter Theut has been invited to serve a two-year term on the Advisory Board of The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM).
The network of more than 60 Confucius Institutes at universities around the U.S.-and more than 300 worldwide-seeks to strengthen educational cooperation with China, develop Chinese language education, and increase intercultural understanding with the peoples of China.  The network has developed in collaboration with the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing, a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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Ann Arbor startup China Bridge to build business relations between Michigan and China

A new Ann Arbor global business growth and development firm is building a two-way bridge between the United States and China to assist businesses in both countries gain a foothold and expand.

China Bridge launched Monday with offices on the edge of downtown – and with a Grand Rapids office opening in two weeks.

The company will begin with China, but its holding company, Bridges International Network, expects to expand with Mexico Bridge by the end of the year and eventually with Africa Bridge.

At the same time, a separate, non-profit company will work to improve conditions in these developing countries.

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Building Business Bridges

To law students who might find contemplating a career in international law daunting, C. Peter Theut offers his career as encouragement.

“When asked once why I became an international lawyer, I told the truth,” Theut says. “I set a new low on a medical school aptitude test. I became a lawyer on the rebound, like a lot of people have. I’ve never been sorry. But, as a result of that first ambition, my degrees are in cellular physiology and genetics. Also, I don’t speak a foreign language, much less Chinese. So when I say, ‘If I can do it, you can do it,’ believe me.”

Wayne State Law School’s Program for International Legal Studies presented “Doing Business with China: What Every American Lawyer Needs to Know” on Oct. 2 at the school’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.