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November 2019

China’s Social Credit System and its Application to Civil Society

November 20, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
GPS Room 3203

Most discussion of the social credit system in China focuses on its application to individual citizens. Mark Sidel of the University of Wisconsin Law School presents evidence of how the Chinese government is beginning to use it to evaluate nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

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December 2019

The Past and Future of Political Reform in China

December 2, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Great Hall, International House, UC San Diego La Jolla, CA 92093 United States

30 years on, activist Wang Dan reflects on the pro-democracy movement in 1989 and discusses prospects of reform of the Chinese Communist Party in the context of political corruption and social tensions, in a conversation with Professor Victor Shih.

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January 2020

Tales from Two Chinese Cities: Resistance in the Year of Anniversaries

January 9 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Great Hall, International House, UC San Diego La Jolla, CA 92093 United States

Geremie Barme, from ChinaHeritage.net and Australian National University, discusses the shadow of history on today’s China — focusing on the case of Xu Zhangrun at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the uprising in Hong Kong.

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The Xinjiang Crisis: Domestic and International Reactions

January 23 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Great Hall, International House, UC San Diego La Jolla, CA 92093 United States

A panel of experts will illuminate the economic, political and technological drivers of the repression of Uyghurs, a Muslim and Turkic-speaking ethnic group under mass surveillance and with more than a million detained by the Chinese government.

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February 2020

Between Competition and Cooperation: The Future of the U.S.-China Relationship

February 1 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
J.R. Beyster Auditorium, Rady School of Management, UC San Diego

In a public panel for the 2020 China Forum, former U.S. national security officials, including Stephen Hadley who is co-chair of the forum and James Steinberg, former deputy national security secretary of state, will share the stage with others to offer insights into how the U.S. and China can restrain competitive excesses, sustain cooperative energies and work out a modus vivendi given their increasingly divergent interests.

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State Formation in China and Taiwan

February 20 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
GPS Room 3201

Julia Strauss, professor at the University of London, argues in her new book that accounting for the two variants of the Chinese state in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China solely in terms of their divergent ideology and institutions fails to recognize their similarities and their relative successes.

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March 2020

Sokwanlok Lecture: A Journey Through Turbulent Times – China and America

March 9 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Faculty Club Atkinson Pavilion, UC San Diego

In the ninth Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, Weijian Shan, economist, investor and best-selling author will share his odyssey of living through the trauma and turmoil of Mao’s Cultural Revolution to become one of Asia’s most successful financiers. Combined with his experience as a professor at the Wharton School and a leading investor, his background gives him a unique perspective on China and the U.S. Shan’s story is one of courage, hope and perseverance to dream of a better future in…

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From SARS to Coronavirus: China’s public health and governance crisis

March 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Great Hall, International House, UC San Diego La Jolla, CA 92093 United States

Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, draws lessons from the 2003 SARS epidemic and analyzes China’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications for domestic politics and international governance. Huang is also a professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. His forthcoming book is titled “Toxic Politics China's Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to State Power” from Cambridge University Press. The discussion will be moderated by Professor…

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An improbable revolution: Hong Kong vs. China

March 16 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Great Hall, International House, UC San Diego La Jolla, CA 92093 United States

Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement has taken the world by storm, impressing and inspiring the global public with its energy, creativity and tenacity. Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociologist and chair of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, analyzes this topic.

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May 2020

Off the Epicenter: How Rural China is Coping with COVID-19

May 6 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in the megacity of Wuhan in December 2019, lockdowns were also implemented across China’s vast countryside, home to more than 700 million people.

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