Posted: February 19, 2008
Updated: March 10, 2008 - Post News Story, Audio, and Photos
MHC's McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives will offer a comprehensive look at an emerging world superpower when it hosts The Rise of China, its biennial Global Challenges conference, March 7-8.
Susan Shirk '67, an expert on Chinese politics and former deputy assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific during the Clinton administration, will kick off the conference Friday, March 7 at 8 pm, with a keynote address titled "Why Are China's Leaders So Worried?" Shirk, the author of China: Fragile Superpower, is currently a professor of political science and director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California, San Diego.
"This will be a unique event," said Eva Paus, the Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center. "We're taking a comprehensive look at the rise of China with participants from different disciplinary perspectives and from around the world, from the World Bank to the Brookings Institution, and from Oxford to Nakai."
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 superpower for relations between the United States and China, 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 levels, to harness the challenges and opportunities of China's rise for peace and well-being in the twenty-first century.
Every two years, the McCulloch Center hosts a conference on a major issue of global concern to deepen our understanding of the specific challenges in a global world and to explore possible policy solutions. The conferences feature experts from around the world and Mount Holyoke to analyze global challenges from cross-disciplinary and cross-national perspectives. The conference is cosponsored by MHC and the New York Times Knowledge Network. The Mary E. Tuttle Fund and the Henry Luce Foundation have provided additional financial support.
All events will take place in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building at Mount Holyoke College.