China and the World: Business, Politics & International Relations in the Age of an Asian Superpower

Lecture Series

May 10, 2014


Assembly Hall

More than thirty years after Deng Xiaoping's first social and economic reforms, China is again in a state of transition as leaders struggle to build and maintain international relationships, revitalize banks and state-owned enterprises, and cope with growing social pressure from citizens anxious for political reform.


In view of these trends, The University of Chicago’s China and the World conference will focus on major themes in economics, foreign policy, and Chinese society, and we hope to explore the consequences of China’s changing position within the international system and gain a better understanding of some of the headwinds currently facing China from an economic and diplomatic perspective.  The conference will comprise three panels on (i) financial and economic transformation in China, (ii) international relations in the age of an Asian superpower, and (iii) social change and Chinese politics.


An audience Q&A session with the speakers will follow the discussion. Dinner provided.


Featured Speakers
John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
Robert Kapp, Former President of the US-China Business Council
Dali Yang, Founder of the Chicago Center in Beijing
David Shinn, Former US Ambassador
Doug Guthrie, Author of Dragon in a Three-Piece Suit
Phillip Saunders, Institute for National Strategic Studies
Vikram Nehru, Carnegie Foundation, World Bank
Stan Rosen, Director of East Asian Studies at USC

9:00 am–10:00 am Registration and breakfast
10:00 am–10:15 am Opening remarks by President Robert Zimmer
10:15 am–11:00 am Keynote Address: "China's Growth Prospects and Economic Reform" by Dr. Yao Yang
11:00 am–11:15 am Break / Press time / Book sale
11:15 am–12:15 am Panel 1: Financial and Economic Transformation in China
12:15 am–12:45 am Moderated discussion
12:45 pm–2:00 pm Lunch break
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Panel 2: International Relations in the Age of an Asian Superpower
3:00 pm–3:30 pm Moderated discussion
3:30 pm–4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm–5:00 pm Panel 3: Politics, Society, and the Environment
5:00 pm–5:30 pm Moderated discussion
5:30 pm–5:45 pm Conclusions
5:45 pm–6:00 pm Closing remarks
6:00 pm–8:00 pm Post–conference discussion dinner


Free and open to the public.


Presented by the Global Voices Lecture Series, the Chicago Society, the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Confucius Institute, and The Mark.