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
Friday, March 7, 2008
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
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
Moderator: Jon Western, Associate Professor of International Relations, Mount Holyoke College
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)
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
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