Rapper Teams Up With State Dept. For China Concert

The State Department says it has teamed up with Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am to direct a concert in the Chinese capital later this year to support cultural and education exchanges between the United States and China.

In a statement, the department said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with will.i.am on Friday to discuss the Obama administration’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” which seeks to significantly increase the number and diversity of American students in China. The Beijing concert, in which will.i.am and other American and Chinese pop stars will perform, will benefit and promote the initiative, it said.

Details about the other performers, date and specific venue of the concert were not immediately available.