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(AllHipHop News) Black Eyed Peas frontman will.I.am recently met with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington DC, where it was announced that the rapper will direct a concert in Beijing later this year, to highlight the importance of educational and cultural ties between the United States and China.

The concert will celebrate US–China educational and cultural exchanges, with a performance by will.I.am and other American and Chinese pop stars, who will support President Obama‘s “100,000 Strong Initiative.”

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President Obama launched the “100,000 Strong Initiative” in May of 2010. The program aims to dramatically increase and diversify the number of American students studying in China.

“In order to become responsible global citizens, young people need to experience the world around them,” will.i.am said. “Kids from underserved communities rarely have the opportunity to study and travel abroad, and we want to change that. We must make sure that American students have the cultural awareness and skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.”

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