U.S.-China Workshop: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China as a Global Power
U.S.-China Workshop: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China as a Global Power Book signing with Elizabeth Economy, author of “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State” following discussion. Free Event Admission After being inaugurated as president of the People’s Republic of China five years ago, no single leader in modern Chinese history since Mao Zedong has assumed more power, or sizably projected his personal influence both domestically and internationally. Calling for a national rejuvenation, Xi has pledged to expand the middle class, and make more reforms for increased foreign investment. In foreign policy, Xi’s China has become more assertive. China has deployed its military overseas for the first time since 1950, and made claims to territory in the East and South China Seas. It’s also committed to billions of dollars in foreign aide for developing nations. In October 2017, the Chinese Communist Party abolished five year term limits, paving the way for Xi to rule beyond 2022. What does his leadership mean for the political and economic future of China, and superpower relations with the United States? Participants: Elizabeth Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, writing on topics ranging from China's environmental challenges to its resource quest. She has published articles in foreign policy and scholarly journals including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. She is the author of “By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World,” the award wining “The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future,” and her forthcoming book, “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State,” which analyzed the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping. Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. His most recent books, both published in 2016, are, as author, "Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo", and, as editor, T"he Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China." An Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, he has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, is Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies, Advising Editor for Asia for The Los Angeles Review of Books, and a member of Dissent magazine’s Editorial Board. His commentaries and reviews have appeared in many general interest periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Internazionale, Time, Slate, The American Scholar, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is currently writing a book about the Boxer Uprising and the invasion by armies marching under eight different flags that crushed it, while also collaborating with Maura Cunningham on a third edition of the primer "China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know." John Gong (moderator). In 1985, John Gong left Shanghai and came to US with $53 in the pocket. After earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and in Electrical Engineering in Virginia, he became a PhD candidate in Robotics at Stanford University. While pursuing his PhD, Mr. Gong decided to accept an offer from Texas Instruments to become Systems Engineer and then got promoted to be Sales Manager. Subsequently he accepted a position for Matsushita, Inc. as Western Regional General Manager. In 1997, he became Asian Pacific General Manager for Entivity Inc., a US company providing computer-based control software for automation control. He traveled 28 countries in Asian Pacific for the next 4 years. In 2001 Mr. Gong founded and serves as Chairman and CEO of his own United States-based company, ICP DAS USA Inc., a manufacturer for automation control and robots. Based on the success of this company, he then founded and now serves as Chairman and CEO of Athena Technologies Inc., LSJ Investment Group Inc. and LV Investment Group Inc. Beyond these businesses, Mr. Gong holds the position of Vice Director of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in China. He was featured on the front covers of China’s Foreign Trade and China Economic & Trade Herald magazines in China and has been quoted and featured in several different editions.