#CFDebate: Event Program

Welcome to the 2014 China Focus Debate: End of the Chinese Economic Miracle?

This year’s motion is: “The house believes the Chinese economy will collapse in five years.”

This event will be livecast at http://china.ucsd.edu/ and at http://irps.ucsd.edu/. Please tweet us your questions @ChinaFocusBlog #CFDebate 


Meet the Debaters

Proposition Team: Victor Shih, Angela Luh, Max Bonner

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Opposition Team: Barry Naughton, Satoshi Nakamura, Wendy Sun


Schedule of Events

5:00-5:25 Registration and Pre-Debate Voting

5:25* Pre-Debate Voting Ends

5:30-5:40 Opening Remarks by China Focus 

5:40-6:00 Opening Statements

6:00-6:40 Rebuttals and Floor Debate

6:40-6:55 Closing Statements 

6:55-7:00 Closing Remarks and Post-Debate Voting Instructions 

7:00-9:00 Pizza and Beer at the GSA Happy Hour 

This event is co-sponsored by 21st Century China Program, Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, CSSA UCSD, and UCSD GSA. Please join us in the IR/PS Lounge for the reception after the debate! Pizza and beer will be served at the GSA Happy Hour! China Focus will announce the winners of the 2014 China Focus Debate at noon 10/24. Make sure to check in tomorrow to see the results!

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Jack Zhang

Jiakun Jack Zhang is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas (KU). He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego. His dissertation examines when and why economically interdependent countries use military versus economic coercion in foreign policy disputes. In 2018-2019, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Jack holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate in East Asian studies from Duke University, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Duke East Asia Nexus and was a co-founder of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. At UC San Diego, he served as the senior advisor to the 21st Century China Center’s China Focus Blog. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Jack worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group in Washington, DC. Follow him on Twitter @HanFeiTzu.

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