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The Rise of China

2008 Global Challenges Conference

McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
March 7–8, 2008
Mount Holyoke College

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China’s phenomenal growth over the past two decades has profound economic, political and environmental implications, internally as well as globally. Can China make its growth compatible with environmental sustainability and growing demands for political rights and citizenship? What are the geopolitical implications of a rising future super power for US-China relations, for a reconfiguration of political and economic relations in Asia, and for multilateral strategies to address global challenges? Does China’s rising power offer more resources and policy space to other developing countries or does it reduce their ability to develop?

The Rise of China brings together scholars and practitioners from different fields, perspectives, and countries to examine the critical challenges and opportunities posed by China’s rise as a global superpower. Participants will explore policy options, on the national and global level, to harness the challenges and opportunities of China’s rise for peace and well-being in the 21st century.

All events will take place in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building at Mount Holyoke College

Global Giant Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?

Edited by Eva Paus, Penelope B. Prime and Jon Western

In this book leading scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and perspectives analyze how China’s phenomenal transformation and growth over the past two decades is challenging the rules of the game, internally and globally. They focus on three critical areas: the internal economic, environmental and political sustainability of China’s development strategies; the economic development options for the rest of the developing world; and the continued economic and geo political dominance of the United States. With its breadth of coverage and attention to the interconnections among these pivotal issues, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the implications of the rise of China.

Program and Papers

Friday, March 7, 2008

8 pm
Keynote Address: Why are China’s Leaders so Worried?
Susan Shirk, (’67), Professor of Political Science, Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California, San Diego

Saturday, March 8, 2008

8:30 am – 10:15 am
The Origins of the Chinese Tiger and Looming Internal Challenges

Moderator: Jonathan Lipmann, Felicia Gressitt Bock Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College


The Voracious Tiger: Implications of China’s Rising Energy Consumption
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Director, Energy, Technology, Innovation Policy Research Group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

China’s Future: A Paradox of Hope and Fear
Cheng Li, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and William R. Kenan Professor of Government, Hamilton College. (paper draft)

The New Social and Economic Order in 21st Century China: What Role for the Government?
Christine Wong, Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary China Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and Said Business School, Oxford University (paper draft)

Discussant: Penelope Prime, Professor of Economics, Stetson School of Business & Economics, Mercer University, Atlanta; Director, China Research Center

10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Geostrategic Implications

Moderator: Jon Western, Associate Professor of International Relations, Mount Holyoke College


Is China Rising?
Iain Johnston, Governor James Albert Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs, Government Department, Harvard University (paper draft)

Would there be two Tigers Living in the Same Mountain? The Geostrategic Implications of China’s Rise for US-China Relations.
Zhang Ruizhuang, Professor of International Relations, Dean of the Institute of International Studies and Director of the Department of International Relations, Nankai University, China (paper draft)

Fueling the Dragon. China’s Strategic Energy Dilemma.
Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College (paper draft)

Discussant: Susan Shirk, (’67), Professor of Political Science, Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California, San Diego

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries

Moderator: Eva Paus, Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, Professor of Economics, Mount Holyoke College


China and the Terms of Trade: The Challenge to Development Strategy in SSA
Raphael Kaplinsky, Professor of International Development, The Open University, Milton, United Kingdom (paper draft)

How China is Reshaping the Industrial Geography of South East Asia
Shahid Yusuf, Economic Advisor, Development Economics Research Group, World Bank (paper draft)

Latin America and the Rise of China: Possibilities and Obstacles for Development
Barbara Hogenboom, Associate Professor of Political Science, Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, Amsterdam, Netherlands.(paper draft)

Discussant: Satya Gabriel, Professor of Economics, Mount Holyoke College

4 pm
Concluding Roundtable