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China and the World: Beyond the Headlines

This is a recurring symposium series that examines several high profile topics about China’s emerging presence in the world to offer complexity, divergent and multiple perspectives, and analytic insight about China that goes beyond the headlines. The goal is a public discussion, grounded in scholarship, that makes possible open and informed dialogue. Panels will focus on relevant and timely topics related to China and will allow ample time for Q&A. Audience members are also welcome to suggest topics for future panels. This series is free and open to the public.


Spring 2022 Program

“Aggressive.” “Rivalry.” “Warning.” “Deepening rifts.” The sensationalism of such terms in recent headlines makes it hard to develop a nuanced understanding of China today and its role in the world. This symposium series, which began in 2019, examines relevant topics about China’s emerging presence in the world to offer complexity, divergent and multiple perspectives, and analytic insight about China that goes beyond the headlines. The goal is a public discussion, grounded in scholarship, that makes possible open and informed dialogue.

This spring, we will continue to focus on relevant and timely topics related to China, highlighting new partners with similar goals along with important work of MSU faculty. Our three virtual sessions will allow ample time for Q&A with the panelists. This series is free and open to the public.

2022 Past Symposiums

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Spring 2022: Current State of US-China Relations
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm EDT
Video Recording

The Office of China Programs, the International Business Center/MSU-CIBER at Broad College, and other cosponsors are pleased to present this expert panel on US-China relations with a unique Michigan focus. The panel will respond to questions from the MSU community about Russia-China-U.S. relations, global trade, and much more. This panel was designed in partnership with the US-China Business Council, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Opening Remarks:

  • Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council
  • Jan Berris, Vice President, National Committee on U.S. China Relations

Speakers:

  • Alyssa Tracey, Director of International Trade, State of Michigan
  • Manuel Chavez, Professor of Journalism, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, MSU
  • Lynn Paine, Associate Dean for International Studies, College of Education, MSU

Presented in partnership with the US-China Business CouncilNational Committee on U.S. China Relationsthe MSU International Business Center/CIBER at Broad College, and the Office of China Programs 

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Featured Partners: US-China Business CouncilNational Committee on US China Relations, and the International Business Center/MSU-CIBER at Broad College

This series is co-sponsored by the APA Studies ProgramAsian Studies CenterAfrican Studies CenterBroad China Business SocietyChinese Faculty ClubCollege of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCollege of Engineeringthe International Business Center/MSU-CIBER at Broad College, International Studies & ProgramsOffice of International Studies in EducationOffice of Research and Innovation


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China’s Conservation Policies after Rapid Economic Development and Global Impact

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM EST

Video Recording
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This second event in OCP’s China and the World: Beyond the Headlines spring series will focus on research conducted by members of Stanford’s Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) and their research collaborators at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The findings are based on years of collaboration and highlight China’s monumental conservation efforts. Faculty from Stanford, MSU, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will discuss the impact and implications of their own and related research in this field.

Featured Partner: Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI)

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Presented in partnership with the Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions (SCCEI) and the Office of China Programs 


 

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The Important Role of Chinese Americans in U.S. History, Business, and Society
February 9, 2022 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM EST

Video Recording
PDF Program

In partnership with MSU faculty and the Committee of 100, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the inclusion of Chinese Americans across society, this event will provide an overview of Chinese American history in the US in an effort to combat anti-Asian hate and to raise awareness about the important role Chinese Americans have played in US history. The panelists will share their expertise, and the event will allow plenty of time for Q&A from the audience.

Speakers: 

  • Samuel L. Stanley Jr., President, Michigan State University
  • Naoko Wake, Director of APA Studies Program, Michigan State University
  • Charles Zinkowski, Director of Communications, Committee of 100
  • Ray Zeng, Director of Programs and Key Initiatives, Committee of 100
  • Andrea Louie, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University
  • Anna-Pegler Gordon, Professor, James Madison College, Michigan State University

 

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Presented in partnership with the Committee of 100 and the Office of China Programs   

Co-sponsored by APA Studies ProgramAsian Studies CenterChinese Faculty ClubInternational Business CenterCollege of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesInternational Studies & ProgramsOffice of International Studies in EducationBroad China Business Society

2021 Past Symposiums

Africa-China-U.S. Triangle: What You Should Know Today
May 3, 2021 | Virtual

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Bob Wekesa PhD, Research and Partnership Co-ordinator, Media and Diplomacy Scholar, African Center for the Study of the United States, The University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr. Folashade Soulé Lecturer and Senior Research Associate, Global Economic Governance programme Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Robert Grosse Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Dr. Jamie Monson Director, African Studies Center Professor, Department of History Michigan State University
  • W. Gyude Moore Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Dr. Liu Haifang, Director, Centre for African Studies, Vice President, Chinese Society of African Historical Studies, Peking University

This event is made possible by the Michigan State University African Studies Center, Office of China Programs, International Business Center/MSU-CIBER, and Asian Studies Center


TikTok, WeChat, & More: Talking Tech and IP in the US & China
February 17, 2021 | Virtual

The ​U.S. and China compete for global dominance in the areas of tech and innovation; however, in an era of global firms and global citizens they must also learn to cooperate. The ​U.S. espouses free speech while the Trump administration pushed for banning social media platforms like TikTok and WeChat. How will the new administration move forward? China wants to be taken seriously as a global player but is often seen as disregarding global standards and norms. How can these two superpowers find common ground?

Speakers:

  • Farok J. Contractor, Ph.D., President-Elect AIB (Academy of International Business), Distinguished Professor, Management & Global Business, Rutgers Business School
  • Jean Schtokal, International Business & Export Controls Attorney, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith PC
  • (Alvin) Deng Jun, Head of IP, China, Novozymes (China) Investment Co. Ltd

Moderator: Xinyu Wu,Ph.D., Co-Director of the Office of China Programs, Michigan State University

Sponsored by the Office of China Programs, Asian Studies Center, International Business Center, CIBER at Broad College

2020 Past Symposiums

2020 China Town Hall: MSU Follow-up Conversation: The Future of US-China Economic and Political Relationship
November 13, 2020 | Virtual

Speakers:

  • Tom Rawski, Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Yan Liang, Professor of Economics, Willamette University
  • Brian Connors, Executive Director, Michigan-China Innovation Center
  • Joe Miao, Automotive Industry Professional, Cast’AI North America

Sponsored by the Office of China Programs, Asian Studies Center, Broad International Business Center


2020 China Town Hall: Ray Dalio
November 10, 2020 | Virtual

Featuring renowned investor, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author Ray Dalio, and a follow-up discussion facilitated at Michigan State University.

Sponsored by the Office of China Programs, Asian Studies Center, Broad International Business Center


Perspectives on Hong Kong
January 9, 2022 | 303 International Center 

The purpose of the event is to learn about the situation in Hong kong from expoerts outside of sensational news headlines and to provide a safe space with discussion facilitators to share various perspectives on recent events. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to register. 

Speakers:

  • Aminda Smith, Co-Director of China Council, Michigan State University
  • Ben Zou, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Michigan State University 
  • Fred Leong, Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

Facilitator: 

  • Jackie Heymann

Co-sponsored by Office of China Programs, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Broad International Business Center, CLACS, China Council