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May 2021

The Fall and Rise of U.S.-China Policy Uncertainty

May 13, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In this online talk hosted by the 21st Century China Center, Associate Professor of Economics at GPS Dr. Kyle Handley will discuss his research and those by others about the reduction in trade policy uncertainty from the 1990s to 2000s before and after China joined the WTO in late 2001. The U.S. commitments induced market entry and more imports from China through the 2000s. Similarly, China's commitments on its own import tariffs increased uptake of foreign intermediate inputs and trade.…

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Sharp Elbows: Competition in China’s Internet and Investor Implications

May 20, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

At this 21st Century China Center-hosted webinar, Rick Carew, visiting lecturer at the University of Virginia and veteran Wall Street Journal reporter, will discuss the state of competition in China’s internet sector and its implications for investors and innovation in the years ahead. He argues that China’s technology giants have engaged in a fierce winner-takes-all battle for dominance in industries ranging from e-commerce to ride-hailing and messaging. Now, Chinese regulators are looking more closely at how they oversee national champions…

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Is U.S.-China Climate Action Possible in an Era of Mistrust?

May 27, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The world can't meet the challenge of climate change without aggressive action from both China and the United States, the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Yet, with U.S.-China relations at the lowest point in decades, competition rather than cooperation increasingly defines the relationship. What are the prospects for U.S.-China climate action? What is the likely role of collaboration or coordination? Will competition be constructive or destructive? Join us for a webinar discussion with UCLA environmental law professor…

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June 2021

Trade, Talent and the Internet: Emerging Voices in U.S.-China Relations

June 3, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Four prize winners in the 2021 China Focus Essay Contest will share the stage to discuss their winning essays on topics ranging from the future of the internet and international trading system to the importance of immigration and talent for the U.S. and China. Read their essays here and join our discussion with these young thinkers on U.S.-China relations. Panelists: • Shaun Ee, Yenching Academy, Peking University • Theo Lebryk, Yenching Academy, Peking University • Jimin Park, University of Kansas…

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China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy

June 10, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Peter Martin of Bloomberg debuts his new book which charts China's transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China's diplomats. They give a rare perspective on the greatest geopolitical drama of the last half century. In the early days of the People's Republic, diplomats were highly-disciplined, committed communists who feared revealing any weakness to the threatening capitalist world. Remarkably, the model that revolutionary leader Zhou Enlai…

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Change and Continuity in China’s Nationality Policy: The Case of Tibet

June 17, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Starting in 2011, in response to massive disturbances in Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, a number of prominent Chinese scholars and thinkers started proposing reforms to the Nationalities Policies that had been the bedrock of the PRC's rule over the non-Chinese minority groups since 1949. Since 2014, the Chinese government has embarked upon a series of moves in the above-mentioned regions designed to weaken ethnic consciousness and strengthen 'Chinese identity' and 'national unity'. Tsering Topgyal's presentation will take stock of…

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December 2021

Civil Society as Social Entrepreneurs: Strategic Rebranding or Evolution?

December 9, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Jessica Teets from Middlebury College will discuss how Chinese NGOs are pursuing new, more entrepreneurial organizational forms in response to fiscal and legal challenges.

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January 2022

Twists and Turns of the DOJ’s China Initiative

January 13 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Eileen Guo and Jess Aloe, Journalists from MIT Tech Review and Nelson Dong, legal expert from Dorsey & Whitney team up to explain how the U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative shifted from focusing on economic espionage to procedural research issues, largely targeting ethnic Chinese researchers in the process. Guo and Aloe will report their findings from examining all known China Initiative cases while Dong will provide a legal analysis in the context of civil rights and US-China relations.

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May 2022

The Rise and Fall of Imperial China

May 4 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

China was once the world’s leading superpower for almost two millennia, falling behind only in the last two centuries and now rising to dominance again. What factors led to imperial China’s decline? Yuhua Wang will discuss his new book “The Rise and Fall of Imperial China,” which offers a systematic look at the Chinese state from the seventh century through to the 20th.

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Coalitions of the Weak

May 5 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For the first time since Mao, a Chinese leader may serve a life-time tenure. Xi Jinping may well replicate Mao's successful strategy to maintain power. If so, what are the institutional and policy implications for China? In his new book, Victor Shih investigates how leaders of one-party autocracies seek to dominate the elite and achieve true dictatorship, governing without fear of internal challenge or resistance to major policy changes. Through an in-depth look of late-Mao politics informed by thousands of historical documents and data analysis, he uncovers Mao's strategy of replacing seasoned, densely networked senior officials with either politically tainted or inexperienced officials. The book further documents how a decentralized version of this strategy led to two generations of weak leadership in the Chinese Communist Party, creating the conditions for Xi's rapid consolidation of power after 2012.

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