Friday, September 25, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 pm, Ben Cherrington Hall, Room Sie 150
"China in the World Economy"
China recently surpassed the United States as the world's largest economy by one measure but faces tremendous challenges in maintaining economic growth in the near future and in carving a path for sustainable growth in the longer term. Joanna Shelton will outline some of the key challenges facing China and the implications of China's decisions for the United States and the rest of the world.
Dr. Joanne R. Shelton served as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy, as staff of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, and at the US Treasury Department.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Ben Cherrington Hall, Room Sie 150
"China: Then and Now"
As a young diplomatic officer in the early 1960s, when Communist China was firmly closed to the west, Nicholas Platt took the unusual step of studying Mandarin. This put him in a key position when U.S. relations to China suddenly opened. Overseeing numerous contacts and exchanges with China, and a frequent visitor and lecturer in the PRC, Platt is in a unique position to compare those early days of diplomatic contact to relations with the West today, as China now emerges as a major player on the world stage and an economic Power house.
Ambassador Nicholas Platt, long-time China specialist, three-time U.S. Ambassador (Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines), former president of the Asia society, and author of the published memoir China Boys, was one of the State Department officials accompanied President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1973.