Will.i.am Organizing Concert in China for State Department

Show is intended to promote cultural exchanges between China and U.S.

August 1, 2011 1:15 PM ET
 will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas
will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas
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The State Department has drafted the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to organize a concert in Beijing later this year intended to encourage cultural and educational exchanges between China and the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the rapper on Friday to discuss the project, which is part of the Obama administration's 100,000 Strong Initiative, a program developed to increase the number of Americans studying abroad in China.

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So far, no date or location has been announced for the concert. Though will.i.am is likely to perform at the concert along with the Black Eyed Peas, no American or Chinese artists have been officially announced for the show as of yet.

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