Public Talks

The center hosts regular public talks by scholars, policy experts and practitioners, co-sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture Series

The Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture is named after Ambassador Robert "Bob" Ellsworth (1926-2011), a highly respected public servant, a patriot and a national treasure.

Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture Series

This series brings top leaders and thinkers from China to offer front-line insights and analysis of the most pressing economic and political trends in China.

Upcoming Talks

Sokwanlok Lecture: "Infrastructure Investment as a Development Strategy"
Jan. 29, 2018 | Register
China's model of state-led development differs both from Western approaches and also from its East Asian neighbors' industrial policies by focusing single-mindedly on infrastructure investment. This strategy was pursued both inside China and is the basis for its ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative.In the third Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, Francis Fukuyama, who has written widely on issues in development and international politics, will focus on the economic logic, functioning, and vulnerabilities of this approach to development in this lecture.

Highlighted Past Talks

Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture: “China’s Growing Protectionism and the U.S. Response”
March 7, 2017
Fmr. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky addressed China’s recent series of policies that put foreign companies at a sharp competitive disadvantage, which are generating tensions with China’s trading partners and raising the question of how the U.S. and the international business community should respond.

"Chinese Computing and the Future of I.T."
Feb. 25, 2017 | Podcast
Are the 75,000 characters in the Chinese language impediments to the fast-moving nature of modern technology or are Chinese typists ushering in the future of computing? Tom Mullaney, associate professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, explored these questions through his captivating research of Chinese telegraphs, typewriters and computers. The Stanford historian was joined by Scott Klemmer, associate professor and co-director of the Design Lab at UC San Diego, to discuss what the story of these objects tells us about the relationships between language, coding and the richer ways we communicate and solve problems in the 21st century.

“How Should the U.S. Approach China? Bipartisan Report Launch”
Feb. 13, 2017 | Podcast | Video | Storify
With a new administration in the White House, maintaining what is perhaps the country’s most crucial bilateral relationship remains a critical issue. Members of a high-level Task Force on U.S.-China Policy, organized by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, will discuss their expert recommendations for the Trump administration.

“UC San Diego China Partnerships: Looking Back, Looking Forward”
Nov. 1, 2016 |  More information (PDF) | Video
Paul Pickowicz, UC San Diego’s Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies, presented a rare short film about UC San Diego's official visit to China in 1979, just months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. The screening was followed by reflections from members of the original delegation and a look ahead to the university's multidisciplinary collaborations with Chinese universities and institutions.

CHINA Town Hall: "Charting a New Course for the U.S.-China Relationship"
Oct. 18, 2016 | Podcast with Melanie Hart
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the U.S. CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the U.S. and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

2017

“The Specter of Global China”
Nov. 16, 2017
In her new book “The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor, and Foreign Investment in Africa,” Ching Kwan Lee examines China as one of Africa’s top business partners, aggressively pursuing its raw materials and establishing a mighty presence in the continent’s booming construction market. 

“By More Than Providence: American Power in the Asia-Pacific”
Nov. 7, 2017
In his latest book "By More Than Providence," Michael J. Green follows the development of U.S. strategic thinking toward East Asia, identifying recurring themes in American statecraft that reflect the nation's political philosophy and material realities.

"The Chinese Typewriter and the Future of IT"
Nov. 5, 2017
Stanford historian Tom Mullaney, in his new book "The Chinese Typewriter: A History," tells the story of a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter.

"Asian Security Challenges: The View from Washington"
Oct. 26, 2017
Mara Karlin, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, discussed how the U.S. has fundamentally different views of Asian security from China, and these views are growing farther apart as China modernizes its military and undermines decades of regional stability.

"Xi Takes Charge" (Washington, D.C.)
Oct. 23, 2017
To help us understand what has transpired under Xi’s rule in the past five years and how the 19th Party Congress could reshape China’s political landscape, the 21st Century China Center assembled a team of UC San Diego’s leading experts on Chinese politics and economy to address a series of issues related to the 19th Party Congress.

"The Trump Administration and North Korea"
Oct. 19, 2017
North Korea continues to represent the most significant foreign policy challenge of the Trump administration. Yet the military and diplomatic issues center not only on North Korea itself but on the triangular relations between the U.S., China and South Korea. In this panel, we heard a perspective from the Moon Jae-in administration with commentary by GPS faculty.

"Xi Take Charge" (San Diego)
Oct. 11, 2017
To help us understand what has transpired under Xi’s rule in the past five years and how the 19th Party Congress could reshape China’s political landscape, the 21st Century China Center assembled a team of UC San Diego’s leading experts on Chinese politics and economy to address a series of issues related to the 19th Party Congress.

"China's Ideological Spectrum"
May 25, 2017
Using data from large-scale surveys in China, Jennifer Pan of Stanford University shared her findings that public preferences in ideology are not simply split along a pro-regime or anti-regime divide in authoritarian contexts. 

"San Diego Global Forum: The Intensifying Battle for the Chinese Market"
May 9, 2017
Alan Beebe, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China came to San Diego to provide insight on the obstacles American firms continue to face in China, and what opportunities need to be taken advantage of to remain competitive in the world’s most populous country. Jack Bell, founder & CEO at Pantek Partners, led a Q&A session with Beebe.

"Barbarians at the Gate: Corporate Takeovers & the Rise of Shadow Banking"
April 25, 2017
Veteran journalist WANG Shuo and managing editor of Caixin chronicled a hostile corporate takeover war of Vanke, the largest property developer in China, that sent waves of deep shock to the entire capital market and opened eyes for those who had thought they already understood everything about the dynamics of China's financial industry. Behind the emergent corporate raiders is a seismic shift of China's financial sector, a giant shadow banking system has arisen. No one is prepared.

"Raise the Umbrellas: A Film on Hong Kong's Democracy Movement"
March 15, 2017
Acclaimed filmmaker Evans Chan 陳耀成 screened and commented on his documentary “Raise the Umbrellas,” in this West Coast premiere.

Solo exhibition with Li Huai: "You Fascinate Me"
March 11, 2017 | More information (PDF)
Li Huai, Lecturer for the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego, specializes in installation, painting, drawing, multi-media and Chinese calligraphy. Her work deals with various issues related to East-West cultural interaction in an increasingly transnational age, including issues involving the Asian diaspora.

"Ten Years: A Film on Hong Kong in 2025"
March 8, 2017 | 5-8 p.m. in Peterson Hall 110, UC San Diego
As a parallel opportunity to the "Raise the Umbrellas" premiere, UC San Diego's Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies and Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History Paul Pickowicz led a screening and discussion of the 2015 Hong Kong surprise blockbuster "Ten Years" (十年). 

Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture: “China’s Growing Protectionism and the U.S. Response”
March 7, 2017
Fmr. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky addressed China’s recent series of policies that put foreign companies at a sharp competitive disadvantage, which are generating tensions with China’s trading partners and raising the question of how the U.S. and the international business community should respond.

"Chinese Computing and the Future of I.T."
Feb. 25, 2017 | Podcast
Are the 75,000 characters in the Chinese language impediments to the fast-moving nature of modern technology or are Chinese typists ushering in the future of computing? Tom Mullaney, associate professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, explored these questions through his captivating research of Chinese telegraphs, typewriters and computers. The Stanford historian was joined by Scott Klemmer, associate professor and co-director of the Design Lab at UC San Diego, to discuss what the story of these objects tells us about the relationships between language, coding and the richer ways we communicate and solve problems in the 21st century.

“How Should the U.S. Approach China? Bipartisan Report Launch”
Feb. 13, 2017 | Podcast | Video | Storify
With a new administration in the White House, maintaining what is perhaps the country’s most crucial bilateral relationship remains a critical issue. Members of a high-level Task Force on U.S.-China Policy, organized by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, will discuss their expert recommendations for the Trump administration.

"The Great LOL of China"
Feb. 6, 2017 | Podcast | Recap by China Focus
Kick back, relax and enjoy a good laugh about studying Chinese and China. China Focus will host an evening of cross-cultural comedy with Jesse Appell, Beijing-based comedian and founder of the U.S.-China Comedy Center.

"Very Close Encounters: Modern China at the Grassroots"
Jan. 18, 2017 
Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies Paul Pickowicz recounted lessons from decades of on-the-ground research on Chinese society, including gripping filmed interviews he conducted in rural China in the 1980s.

"The Impact of Tsai and Trump on Cross-Strait Relations"
Jan. 10, 2017 | Interview with China Focus
Tsai Ing-wen came to power in Taiwan, pledging to pursue stability and continuity in cross-Strait relations. Beijing has responded with a cold shoulder and a cold peace. President-elect Trump broke with precedent through a phone call with Tsai and comments casting doubt on the U.S.’s long-standing “one China policy.” In this talk, Jacques deLisle, the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed what do these developments imply for Taiwan’s status and security, Beijing’s and Washington’s Taiwan policies, and U.S.-China relations?

2016

"China’s Energy & Environmental Challenges: Fact vs. Fiction, Moving Forward"
Dec. 1, 2016
Julio Friedmann of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shared his extensive experience in collaborations and engagement in China, especially carbon capture and storage, followed by a conversation with GPS Professor David Victor on the future of U.S.-China collaboration on climate change mitigation and clean energy innovation.

"Mr. Deng Goes to Washington"
Nov. 20, 2016
This riveting documentary tells the story of Deng Xiaoping's historic visit to the U.S. in 1979 that changed the trajectory of U.S.-China relations and the world. The film screening was followed by conversation about the historical role of Deng and U.S.-China relations post-election.

“UC San Diego China Partnerships: Looking Back, Looking Forward”
Nov. 1, 2016 |  | More information (PDF) | Video
Paul Pickowicz, UC San Diego’s Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies, presented a rare short film about UC San Diego's official visit to China in 1979, just months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China. The screening was followed by reflections from members of the original delegation and a look ahead to the university's multidisciplinary collaborations with Chinese universities and institutions.

CHINA Town Hall: "Charting a New Course for the U.S.-China Relationship"
Oct. 18, 2016 | Podcast with Melanie Hart
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the U.S. CHINA Town Hall is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the U.S. and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

“China’s Governance in Transition"
Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture
Oct. 10, 2016
In the second Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China, YU Keping, a renowned scholar and advocate of reform in China addressed the great changes in governance since the economic reform. He traced the principal lines of governance reform in China since the 18th Party Congress and assessed the main challenges going forward.

"Christianity in China: Globalization and Localization"
July 12, 2016 | Photos
A panel of experts from the People’s Republic and the United States discussed the Chinese government's new regulations on religion and their implications for Christian communities, focusing on the interplay between the globalization and localization processes of Christianity in China.

“Running a Bank in China”
May 26, 2016 | Photos | Audio
How is Chinese economic growth financed? GPS Associate Professor Victor Shih hosted a conversation with Ken Wilcox, emeritus chairman of Silicon Valley Bank, to get an inside look at how banking practices have evolved in a state-dominated financial system and firms' adaptiveness to recent financial crises.

“China After the One-Child Policy”
April 19, 2016
Thirty-five years after its nationwide implementation, China finally announced the end of the one-child policy in late 2015. How did this change come about? What are the demographic, economic, and social imperatives that have led to this much-delayed policy reversal? This presentation addressed these questions and discussed in particular the roles of China’s changed demographics in its economic growth and political governance in the coming decades.

“The Changing Geopolitics of East Asia”
The Fourth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture
March 28, 2016
In this talk, Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy discussed the implications for the U.S. of the gradual erosion in its air and sea dominance in the Western Pacific caused by China's rapid military modernization.

"Reporting from China"
March 1, 2016 | Photos
In this talk, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Barboza from The New York Times shared the fascinating story of how he did investigative reporting inside China. Cosponsored with The Bishop’s School

"South China Sea: What is the Future?"
Jan. 26, 2016 | Video
From the Malacca Strait to Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea is a crucial sea lane that affects the regional dynamics. The Southeast Asia Link and 21st Century China Center organized a panel discussion with Donald Emmerson, Susan Shirk and Stephan Haggard.

"China: An Alternative Model for Innovation?"
Jan. 22, 2016 | Photos | Video
As China searches for a new sustainable development model to shore up its slowing economic growth, innovation is touted by Chinese leaders as a key solution. New medium and long-term programs have been launched by the Chinese authorities in recent months with the goal to turn China into an advanced science, technology and manufacturing power within the next decade. What are the prospects for success and the potential impact on the U.S.? A panel of experts from the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) examined the evolving state of Chinese innovation.

"Critical Issues in China's Economic Reform and Transition"
Jan. 7, 2016
Energy, environment, industrial policy and indigenous innovation, there are some of the critical issues facing China’s economy today. Three experts from Fudan University’s School of Economics will shared their latest research and insight in a panel discussion organized by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, with co-sponsorship from the 21st Century China Center.

2015

Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China "Understanding China's New Normal"
Speaker: Qian Yingyi (钱颖一), Professor, Department of Economics; Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
Dec. 8, 2015
As China's economic growth rate has declined to 7.5% in 2014 from its recent historic average of 9.8%, the once unstoppable economy is said to have entered a “new normal.” This new paradigm is forcing China's leaders to face a series of new and vexing questions.

"Why the China Model Works"
Dec. 1, 2015
Westerners tend to divide the political world into “good” democracies and “bad” authoritarian regimes. But the Chinese political model does not fit neatly in either category. Over the past three decades, China has evolved a political system that can best be described as “political meritocracy.”

"Are the U.S. and China Headed Toward a New Cold War?"
Nov. 13, 2015 | Photos | Video
In the wake of Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S., three of the world's preeminent experts on China and the U.S.-China relationship offered an in-depth analysis of what ails relations between the two countries.

"Aporia of Ethnicity and the State"
Oct. 19, 2015
Modern China, like other multi-ethnic nation-states, faces the aporia of the state and ethnicity. By treating the contestation between the state and ethnicity as a global cultural issue, the speakers intend to diachronically discuss the evolution of Chinese state’s policy on ethnic diversity.

"China Townhall: Chinese Investment in the United States"
Oct. 5, 2015 | Video
The 21st Century China Center partnered with the Global Education Initiative at The Bishop’s School to host the eighth annual China Town Hall by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. The program opened with a live webcast on the growth of Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States with Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

“Economic Impact of Mobile Technologies in China and India”
Speakers: Nate Tibbits, senior vice president of Government Affairs at Qualcomm, Inc. and David Michael, senior partner at Boston Consulting Group
June 2, 2015
Mobile technology has had an enormous impact on the global economy. The Boston Consulting Group and Qualcomm, Inc. have recently made an in-depth study at this impact, and during this event they discussed their research, putting a spotlight on China and India as two case study markets.

“中国水危机"
Speaker: 戴晴, activist and journalist
May 27, 2015
One dilemma shared by both China and California is the increased scarcity of water owing to poor resource management and climate change. Dai Qing, one of China's most remarkable public intellectuals and a long-time activist on environmental issues, explored how China's coming water crisis will affect its economic and political future.

"ChinaFile Presents: Does Xi Jinping Represent a Return to the Politics of the Mao Era?"
Panelistis: Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Center at GPS; Andrew G. Walder, Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor at Stanford University; Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard University; and Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations
May 21, 2015 
On the occasion of the publication of Andrew G. Walder's new book, "China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed", the panel discussed of the ways in which Mao's thinking is still ‎embedded in China's world view.

“China's Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China's Foreign Relations”
Speaker: Jessica Chen Weiss, Yale University assistant professor and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies fellow
May 20, 2015 | Audio
Jessica Chen Weiss argues that nationalist street demonstrations can provide diplomatic leverage for authoritarian governments that are not electorally accountable to public opinion, enabling authoritarian leaders to signal their intentions and tie their hands in international negotiations. Cosponsored with the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

“China's New Agenda: National Governance and Development”
Speakers: Lin Shangli, vice president of Fudan University and Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Center at GPS
May 19, 2015
This special event featured a dialogue between two of the most observant and experienced observers of Chinese politics, Susan Shirk and Lin Shangli. Their discussion explored the new paradigm of Xi Jinping's governance model as well as the future of U.S.-China relations.

"China's Economic Strategy in the Midst of the 'New Normal'"
Speaker: Zhang Xiaojing (张晓晶), professor and head of Macro-economics Department, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 
April 28, 2015 | Audio
Since the global financial crisis of 2008, economic growth rates in China have slowed such that many are wondering if the country will be able to maintain the stability is has achieved over the past two decades. The Chinese government is calling this new era of lowered growth rates the "New Normal," and to help us make sense of what this means, we were delighted to welcome one of China's most influential economists, Zhang Xiaojing.

"Asian Economics in 2015: Prospect, Opportunities and Challenges"
Speaker: Wei Shang-Jin, chief economist of the Asian Development Bank and professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business
April 14, 2015 | Audio
Cosponsored by the Center on Global Transformation.

"China's Military Development and the U.S.-Japan Alliance"
Speakers: Randall Schriver, Ian Easton, Akira Marusaki, Hiroko Maeda and Tai Ming Cheung
March 24, 2015  | Audio
This panel of Japanese and United States experts explored the development of China’s military power, as well as what this means for the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

"U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Opportunities and Prospects"
Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture
March 2, 2015
In his lecture, Robert D. Hormats discussed China's foreign policy under Xi Jinping, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the U.S. as China's influence abroad continues to expand.

Jerome Cohen: "The Rule of Law Under Xi Jinping"
Speaker:Jerome Cohen, professor of law, New York University School of Law
Feb. 24, 2015 | Photos | Audio
Jerome Cohen, one of the leading experts on China's legal institutions, discussed recent developments in China's legal system as well as the fallout from the Zhou Yongkang corruption case and recently announced decisions following the Fourth Plenum. Cosponsored with the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

“China's Incursion into Latin America: Myths and Realities”
Speaker: Pacific Leadership Fellow Jorge Guajardo, Former Mexican ambassador to China
Feb. 19, 2015
Ambassador Jorge Guajardo talked about the myths and realities of this new Chinese presence in the region using his six years of experience as the ambassador to China to illustrate what is real and what is a misconceived perception in the West of the role China plays in Latin America. Sponsored by the Center on Global Transformation.

"Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy"
An GPS Dean's Roundtable Series event
Speaker: Ambassador Christopher Hill, Josef Korbel School of International Studies dean, University of Denver
Feb. 12, 2015
Ambassador Christopher Hill's memoir "Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy" gave an inside-the-room look at some of the most dangerous outposts of global diplomacy, including Hill's time as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs when he was chief negotiator during the North Korean six-party talks.

"The Internet with Chinese Characteristics: How Internet Entrepreneurship is Changing China”
Speaker: James Ding, managing director, GSR Ventures
Feb. 11, 2015 | Video
Pacific Leadership Fellow James Ding’s talk explored how the Internet developed in China, and how it will further disrupt all sectors of the economy and continue to foster entrepreneurship. Cosponsored by the Center on Global Transformation.

“How Innovation Works in California and Shanghai”
Panelists: Jin Li, Fudan University vice president; and Jim Wunderman, Bay Area Council president and CEO
Moderator: Peter Cowhey, School of Global Policy and Strategy dean
Feb. 5, 2015
As two of the world’s most dynamic economies, California and Shanghai are recognized globally as leading and emerging innovators. This panel of leading experts from both regions explored the strengths and weaknesses of the different innovation models being pursued in their regions. This event was part of the inaugural California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue.

“中国互联网监控与言论自由的权利”
Speaker: 方舟子
Jan. 28, 2015
Note this public talk was conducted in Chinese without English translation

"Hukou Reform and Rural Dispossession in China"
Speaker: Joel Andreas, associate professor of sociology, Johns Hopkins University
Jan. 20, 2015 | Photos | Audio
Joel Andreas reexamined the evolution of the hukou system, focusing on access to rural land and considering the implications for the rural population of the current shift from hukou-based to market-based land rights. Cosponsored with the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

“The Rule of Law in China: Prospects and Challenges”
Speakers: Wang Zhiqiang, Fudan University Law School; Susan Shirk, GPS; and Benjamin van Rooij, UC Irvine
Jan. 14, 2015 | Photos | Audio
The resolution that emerged from last October's Fourth Plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee promised aggressive and far-reaching legal reforms. But are these realistic?

"Nixon in China: The Visit that Changed the World"
Speakers: Susan Shirk, 21st Century China Center chair, IR/PS and Nicolas Reveles, director of education and community engagement, San Diego Opera with musical guest: Jennifer Wu, soprano
Jan. 6, 2015
Roundtable discussion of John Adams' opera, "Nixon in China." This conversation revealed more about the historic visit of President Richard Nixon to Beijing in 1972 and its legacy for U.S.-China relations.

2014

"From Baghdad to Beijing: Reflections of a Foreign Correspondent"
Speaker: Evan Osnos, staff writer, The New Yorker
Dec. 4, 2014 | Photos | Video
In this public lecture, he discussed his National Book Award winning “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China” — based on eight years of living in Beijing — as well as his reflections on the pitfalls and challenges of being a foreign correspondent.

"China: Fragile Superpower"
Speakers: Susan Shirk, Tai Ming Cheung and Barry Naughton, GPS
Nov. 19, 2014
Scholars from the 21st Century China Center joined the Hammer Forum to examine China’s domestic challenges.

“How High Is Too High? Investment Share and the Chinese Economy”
Speaker: Zhang Jun, Fudan University with Barry Naughton, GPS
Nov. 18, 2014
Leading economist Dr. Zhang Jun explained why China’s investment share is most likely to be over estimated by the China National Bureau of Statistics.

"Doing Business in China: New Developments in Intellectual Property Law and Enforcement"
Speakers: Mark Allen Cohen, senior counsel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property; Peng Chen, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP; J. Ray Wood, chief patent counsel at ZTE USA Inc.; and Jack Bell, CEO of Pandexa.com with Tai Ming Cheung, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Susan Anthony, acting director of the Global Intellectual Property Academy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Nov. 6, 2014
This panel of experts shared their insight on the latest developments of intellectual property law and enforcement in China, tailored for U.S. businesses that are interested in China, U.S. law firms and in-house IP lawyers who work with clients operating in the country.

"Religion in China Today: Challenge and Hope"
Speaker: Zhuo Xinping, Institute of World Religions director, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Nov. 3, 2014
Religion in China now stands at a critical juncture. Zhuo Xinping, an expert on the subject, offered his observations on these and other recent developments.

End of the Chinese Economic Miracle?
Barry Naughton and Victor Shih will lead teams of student debaters
Oct. 23, 2014 | Photos | Video | Story
Inaugural China Focus Oxford-style debate: The house believes the Chinese economy will collapse in five years

China scholar Karl Gerth faculty Q&A lunch
Karl Gerth with moderator Amelia Glaser, director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasia Studies Program
Oct. 20, 2014
Note: this event is organized and hosted by the Center for the Humanities.

China Town Hall: Issues in U.S.-China Relations
National Speaker: President Jimmy Carter (by webcast)
Local speaker: Lyle Morris, project associate, RAND Corporation with Susan Shirk, 21st Century China Center chair
Oct. 16, 2014
The program opened with a webcast featuring President Jimmy Carter discussing 35 years of U.S.-China relations in conversation with National Committee President Steve Orlins.

"Spotlight on Hong Kong"
Speakers: Susan Shirk, Richard Madsen and Victor Shih, GPS
Oct. 9, 2014 | Photos | Audio
As the momentous situation in Hong Kong continues to unfold, our panel of experts held an informal discussion on the core issues affecting Hong Kong-Mainland China relations.

“The Tangled Dynamics of Independent Filmmaking in Contemporary China”
June 16 - 22, 2014
Various academic units at UC San Diego joined forces to host an extended visit by celebrated Chinese independent filmmaker Wu Wenguang. This seven-day, multidisciplinary workshop was organized and led by UC San Diego professors Paul Pickowicz and Yingjin Zhang, coeditors of "From Underground to Independent: Alternative Film Culture in Contemporary China" (2006). The workshop made extensive use of the unique, vast collection of Chinese independent films archived in UC San Diego’s Geisel Library.

"Documentary and Memory" (记录与记忆)
A special film screening with Wu Wenguang (吴文光)
June 17, 2014
Speaker: Wu Wenguang, one of China's best-known and most-accomplished documentary filmmakers
Wu Wenguang gave a brief lecture and then showed Jia Zhitan's film "I Want to Be a People's Representative" (我要当人民代表), followed by a Q&A.

‘Assignment China: Tiananmen Square’
A documentary screening and discussion
June 3, 2014
Guest speakers: Susan Shirk, Lei Guang and Tai Ming Cheung of the 21st Century China Center; Paul Pickowicz, UC San Diego distinguished professor of history and Chinese studies; and Clay Dube, executive director of the USC US-China Institute and producer of the documentary

“How did China Borrow So Much, So Fast? Sources of Financial Weakness”
May 29, 2014 | Photos | Audio | Interview with Carl Walter
Speaker: Carl Walter, Former COO of JPMorgan China and independent consultant

"Green Economy in China: Actions, Effects and Challenges"
May 14, 2014
Speaker: Xia Guang, director general of the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, China Ministry of Environmental Protection
After three decades of rapid economic growth with unchecked environmental pollution, the Chinese government has recently started to promote “green economy" to achieve sustainable development. Dr. Xia's talk discussed the policy instruments and obstacles on developing a green economy. Co-sponsored by the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies and International Affairs Group.

"US Leadership in the 21st Century: The Human Rights Viewpoint"
April 21, 2014
Speaker: Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
This event was co-sponsored by 21st Century China Center, Center on Global Transformation and San Diego World Affairs Council.

"When Disruptive Innovation Fails to Disrupt: Competition and Capability-Building in China”
April 18, 2014
Speaker: Eric Thun, Lecturer in Chinese Business Studies, University of Oxford

"Choke Point: China; Water-Energy-Food Confrontations in the World's Fastest-Growing Economy"
April 17, 2014 | Photos | Audio: Public Talk | Audio: Interview
Speaker: Jennifer Turner, China Environment Forum Director, Woodrow Wilson Center

"Sex, Money & Death: Yan Lianke on Literary Creativity and Censorship"
April 8, 2014 | Photos | Audio
Speaker: Yan Lianke (阎连科), renowned Chinese novelist short listed for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize

"Middle East Transition and the Foreign Policy Challenge"
March 17 - 20, 2014 | Agenda Here
Held at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, 21st Century China Center Chair Susan Shirk, GPS Professor Stephan Haggard and UC San Diego political scientist Samuel Popkin joined a group of scholars for the Academic Exchange conference "Middle Eastern Transition and the Foreign Policy Challenge." 21st Century China Center Director Lei Guang will attend as co-organizer.

"Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in China"
March 12, 2014
Speaker: Haifeng Huang, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Merced

"Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century"
Feb. 13, 2014
GPS Dean's Roundtable Lecture Series Event
Speaker: Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York

"Suing Polluters in China"
Feb. 10, 2014 
Speaker: Rachel E. Stern, UC Berkeley

"Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China"
Jan. 25, 2014
Speaker: GPS Professor Barry Naughton and Wu Jinglian, senior researcher for the China State Council Development Research Center

"Navigating the Next Round of Reform in China"
Jan. 23, 2014 | Photos | Video: Public Talk | Video: Q&A Session | Story
Panelists: Professors Barry NAUGHTON, Victor SHIH and Susan SHIRK, UC San Diego; and WU Jinglian, Senior Researcher, China State Council Development Research Center
This event was a panel discussion by distinguished experts on the future of China’s reform after the Third Plenum of the 18th CCP Congress in November 2013.

"Power and its Use in Chinese Foreign Policy"
Jan. 22, 2014
Speaker: CHEN Zhimin, Dean of School of International Relations and Public Administration, Fudan University

"Globalization, Bureaucrats and Local Industrial Upgrading in China"
Jan. 9, 2014
Speaker: Ling Chen, Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

2013

"Performance Legitimacy, State Autonomy and China’s Economic Miracle"
Dec. 2, 2013 | Audio
Speaker: Dr. Dingxin Zhao, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
In this public talk, Dr. Zhao discussed the fact that the success of the Chinese economy relies not just on the Chinese state's economic policy, but also on its social policies.

"China's Prospect for Growth and RMB Internationalization"
Nov. 14, 2013
Speakers: Weisen LI, Fudan University and YU Yongding, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
In this public talk, two renowned economists from China tackled important challenges facing China's economic future.

"Protecting the Vulnerable: a Discussion of Legal Reform and Civil Society in China"
Nov. 7, 2013
Speaker: Guo Jianmei
In this roundtable discussion, Ms. Guo Jianmei discussed China’s rapidly growing civil society sector and the differences it can make in the lives of women, youth and others around the country. Guo is one of China’s preeminent public interest lawyer and has fought for women’s rights in China for more than 17 years.

China Town Hall: "Issues in U.S.-China Relations"
Oct. 28, 2013
Speakers: Speakers: Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and Jeremy Wallace, Assistant Professor of Political Science, at Ohio State University
The seventh China Town Hall meeting, coordinated by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) on October 28 in over 60 cities throughout China, opened with a live webcast from Washington featuring Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, who discussed U.S.-China relations. Secretary Albright's talk was followed by a public lecture on urbanization in China by Jeremy Wallace, visiting fellow at Yale and assistant professor of political science from Ohio State University.

"China as Number One: So What?"
Oct. 22, 2013
Speaker: Damien Ma, Fellow at the Paulson Institute
In this public talk, Damien Ma examined the broad consensus that within a decade, China will likely become the world’s largest economy. He discussed his forthcoming book "In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade."

"Chinese Science and Technology: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives"
Oct. 18, 2013
Speakers: Dr. Tai Ming Cheung, Dr. Benjamin Elman, Dr. Peter Suttmeier, and Dr. Ezra Vogel
This informative discussion brought together experts from around the country to shed light on the foundation of China’s contemporary science and technology policy—and how it continues to impact our political economy today. This event was sponsored by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

"Chinese Globalization: Characteristics, Trends, and Impacts"
Oct. 17, 2013
Speaker: Dr. SUN Jiaming, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University
In this public talk, Dr. SUN discussed globalization at the individual level. He focused on globalization in terms of characteristic, basic trend and how it impacts Chinese residents' behaviors, lifestyle and value orientation as well as the consequence of local transformation.

"China and the Future of Global Manufacturing"
Oct. 8, 2013
Speaker: James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic
In his public talk, Mr. Fallows discussed the economic, political, and technological trends in China, in the United States, and elsewhere that are shaping the prospects for the next wave of innovation, corporate success, and the growth of manufacturing jobs around the world. This event was sponsored by the Center on Global Transformation.

"U.S. Pivot to Asia: What Does it Mean for the U.S.-China Relations?" A Conversation Between Kurt Campbell and Susan Shirk
June 7, 2013 | Slideshow | Video
Speaker: Kurt Campbell, Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. State Department
In this public talk, moderated by Professor Susan Shirk, Chair of the 21st Century China Center, Asian foreign policy consultant and UC San Diego alumnus Kurt Campbell discussed U.S.-China relations and America's economic engagement with the Asia-Pacific.

"Culture, Communication, and China's National Image"
May 28, 2013
Panelists: Jian MENG, Na CHEN, Zengyu PEI, Fudan University
Our panelists discussed China's multi-faceted and diverse image and how different interest groups have different definitions and understandings of China.

"The China-North Korea Relationship in Perspective"
May 9, 2013
Panelists: Shen Dingli, Fudan University; Stephan Haggard, UC San Diego; and Robert Ross, Boston College
Our panelists addressed China's response to North Korea’s drive to expand its nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, examining how the China-North Korea relationship is shaped by China’s internal dynamics and the broader context of its relations with the United States.

"How Would the Chinese Government Respond to Another Tiananmen-style Protest?"
May 2, 2013
Yang Su, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine teaches and writes about social movements and protests. He authored the book "Collective Killings in Rural China during the Cultural Revolution" (Cambridge, 2011), which won the 2012 Barrington Moore Award for the best book in the area of comparative and historical sociology presented by the American Sociological Association.

"Underground Activism: Migrant Workers Organizing in China"
April 22, 2013
Diana Fu, Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University shared findings from 18 months of fieldwork inside unofficial labor organizations across China, exploring how the state and civil society experiment with new modes of control and contention inside the world's largest authoritarian regime.

"After the 'Air-Pocalypse' What is Happening with China’s Environmental Policies?"
April 15, 2013
Deborah Seligsohn, Environmental Policy Analyst examined the environmental policy measures China have taken over the past decade in addressing air and water pollution, the challenges that “air-pocalypse” brings to the fore, and what we are likely to see over the next several years.

"Challenges for the New Chinese Leadership"
April 9, 2013 | Video
Cai Fang is Director of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. In this talk he shared his insights on these issues as the country's new leadership embarks on consolidating power and adjusting policies.

"Will China Fall into a Middle Income Trap?"
Feb. 26, 2013
Scott Rozelle, Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow, and Co-Director of the Rural Education Action Program, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University spoke on China’s economic performance and growth-inequality status into perspective.

"Income Inequality and an Economy in Transition"
Feb. 21, 2013
GAN Li, Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University and Dean of School of Economics at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, spoke on the transition of Chinese economy toward a consumption-based economy that is dependent on a lowering income inequality.

"Why Didn't China Celebrate? The Implications of China's Education Reform for America"
Feb.14, 2013
Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean of Global Education at University of Oregon, explored two paradigms of education, and challenge the traditional views of education quality. The presentation is based on his two most recent books Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (ASCD, 2009) and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (Corwin, 2012).

"China's New Urban Poor and its Consciousness"
Feb. 4, 2013
Dorothy Solinger, Professor of Political Science at UC Irvine, discussed the following questions. Do the 22 million or so urban recipients of the Minimum Livelihood Guarantee [the dibao], whose per capita family income falls below a locally-set poverty line, properly constitute a “class”; and do they see themselves that way? Is the Chinese state benevolent toward these people, and do those who depend upon that state believe they can count on it?

"Fossil Energy and China's Future"
Jan. 29, 2013
Professor Julio Friedmann, Chief Energy Technologist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory spoke on China’s rapid economic growth demands growth in energy supplies and consumption. And how fundamental issues of trade, global sustainability, and national security are tied up in how the U.S. and China will cooperate and compete around fossil energy development and use.

"Censorship, Resistance, and Political Discourses in China's Cyberspace"
Jan. 22, 2013
Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information, UC Berkeley discussed these questions. What are the patterns of the government Internet censorship? What is the significance of Chinese netizens’ creative and surprising attempts to circumvent and subvert such censorship? Are new forms of networked communication enhancing opportunities for social change and helping to move China toward a “threshold” for political transformation?

"Can China Sustain its Growth? China's Economic Challenges in the Next Ten Years" (PDF)
Jan. 7, 2013
Panelists: Yuan Zhigang, Hua Min, and Bai Chong'en
Three distinguished Chinese economists from both Fudan and Tsinghua Universities shared their analysis of the economic challenges that China will face in the next decade. Among the topics explored by the panelists included how, and whether, China can sustain its rapid growth while addressing what the consequences are for income distribution.

2012

Dec. 3, 2012
Leading scholars from China’s Fudan University and the University of California joined together for a one-day symposium to assess the implications of American election and Chinese leadership transitions for U.S.-China Relations in the next four to five years. The evening forum discussed "Balancing the Dimensions of the U.S.-China Relationship."

"Urbanization in China"
Nov. 15, 2012
Matthew E. Kahn, Professor at UCLA, spoke on his research focuses on environmental, urban, real estate, and energy economics.

"China's Leadership Transition: Implications for China's Domestic Development and External Relations" [Video]
Nov. 1, 2012
Three well-known China scholars provided insight into the upcoming 18th Party Congress in China, and analyzed implications of the leadership transition for China's domestic development and external relations at the panel talk.

"Confucianism and its Use in China Today"
Oct. 18, 2012
XIE Xialing, Professor of Sociology, Fudan University of China spoke about how over the recent decades Confucianism has experienced a revival in the Mainland China after it had been vilified during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76).

"Chinese National Security Strategy and Military Modernization"
Oct. 18, 2012 | Dean's Roundtable Lecture Series
General Karl Eikenberry, former ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009-2011, is a highly regarded China expert with a distinguised military and diplomatic record. During his 35-year career in the United States Army, he was a China area officer who served in several key policy roles in the Pentagon.

"Why China's Succession Game Matters: Implications for China, the US, and the World" [Audio]
Oct. 11, 2012
Chris K. Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies spoke on the outcome of China’s leadership transition this fall is shaping up to be one of the most consequential political developments in China since the beginning of the reform era.

"China Airborne: Aviation and the Future of China"
May 15, 2012
In China Airborne, James Fallows documents the extraordinary scale of China's growth and urbanization, revolutionizing the country in ways analogous to the building of America's transcontinental railroad in the nineteenth century. In this talk, Fallows explained what this now means for the United States and for the rest of the world.

"Islamic and Chinese Calligraphy: A Meeting of Two Traditions"
May 7, 2012
Master Calligrapher Haji Noor Deen discussed the history and meaning of Islamic calligraphy in China and demonstrated various calligraphic styles.

"Relational Repression in China: Using Social Ties to Demobilize Protestors"
April 30, 2012
Professor Kevin O’Brien discussed the practice and effectiveness of relational, “soft” repression in China. His talk casted light on the ways social ties can demobilize as well as mobilize contention in popular action and protests, and how the state and social power can be combined to serve state ends.

Film: Dongtian de Gushi (Winter Story)
April 24, 2012
Using a pseudo-documentary aesthetic, director Zhu Chuanming’s fictional Winter Story unfolds a realistic love story between a nameless protagonist and street girl in an impoverished Beijing suburban setting.

"President Obama’s Pivot to Asia-Pacific: A Turn to Encircle and Contain China’s Rise"
April 3, 2012
U.S. policy toward China during President Obama’s first term underwent a dramatic pivot, from stressing shared interests with China to clashing with Beijing on sensitive issues. In his lecture, Dr. Suisheng Zhao addressed how this policy change should be understood, and what other causes and implications there might have been in this shift.

An Interview with Ezra Vogel
March 9, 2012
In this luncheon roundtable discussion, GPS Professors Susan Shirk and Barry Naughton interviewed Ezra Vogel about the evolution of his thinking about China over the long span of his intellectual life and invited him to share his observation about the changes in Chinese society from the Maoist days to the present.

IR/PS Dean's Roundtable Event: "Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China"
March 9, 2012
Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard and former Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and the Asia Center. He directed the American Assembly on China in November 1996 and the Joint Chinese-American Assembly between China and the United States in 1998.

"The Quiet Death of Economic Reform in China: Can it be Revived?"
Feb. 27, 2012
In his lecture, Professor Minxin Pei discussed China's economic development, pointing out that the causes of the demise of economic reforms are more fundamental and originated in the nature of the political regime. As long as China retains its current Leninist political system, Pei argued that genuine market-oriented reforms are impossible.

Film: Kuqi de Nüren (Crying Woman)
Feb. 2, 2012
Banned in China, Beijing filmmaker Liu Bingjian’s third feature has struck a chord for its humorous and honest portrayal of Chinese life.

"China’s National Security Making Process"
Feb. 1, 2012
Mr. David Finkelstein is Vice President of the Center for Naval Analyses and Director of CNA China Studies and spoke about his work as a U.S. Army China Foreign Area Officer serving the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific and on the Joint Staff as Director for Asian Studies.

"Hong Kong: Trusted Business Partner and Gateway to China"
Feb. 1, 2012
In his lecture, Commissioner Donald Tong discussed Hong Kong's role as a gateway to China and provided an update on the latest development and business opportunities in the region.

"Methodology and Practice in Blueprint Development for Building Up Carbon Cities in China" (Video)
Jan. 26, 2012
Professor Ji Zou is the China Country Director of World Resources Institute (WRI) and Professor of Environmental Economics and Management at Renmin University of China, Beijing. Spoke on China’s carbon cities and his role in the UN Climate Talks.

"Why Taiwan Matters: Analysis of the January 14 Presidential Elections and Taiwan’s Future"
Jan. 23, 2012
How did Taiwan become a key economic and political player on the global stage, producing breakthroughs so impressive they have been called “miracles”? In this talk, Professor Shelley Rigger reviewed Taiwan’s past and present, and offer a hot-off-the presses analysis of Taiwan’s January 14 presidential and legislative elections.

"China’s Economic Achievements and Current Challenges"
Jan. 17, 2012
Professor Wu Jinglian is China’s most famous economist. He discussed the design and implementation of China’s market reforms in the 1980s and 1990s and China’s lack of progress in economic and political reform.

"The Outcome and Implications of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban" (Video)
Jan. 10, 2012
Dr. Lu Xuedu introduced the main conclusions and provisions of the Durban package and analyzed its impacts and implications on energy development, technology research and development, carbon market development, and economic development as well as the possible impacts on the political relationship among the groups of countries involved.

2011

"China’s New ‘Assertiveness’ Toward its Asian Neighbors"
Dec. 1, 2011
Dr. Paul Heer, the senior-most official responsible for providing the American government with information and analysis on China and the rest of East Asia, offered his assessment of the evolving dynamic between China, the U.S., and East Asian countries.

"China’s Sustainable Development in the Context of Rapid Economic Growth" [Video]
Nov. 29, 2011
Over the three decades development, China has become the No. 2 economy as well as the No.1 energy consumer and pollution emitter in the world. In this lecture, Professor Ma Zhong spoke on the environmental costs and constraints of the economic growth in China, and the challenges and possibilities for China’s sustainable development.

"Environmental Policy Making in China"
Nov. 21, 2011
Speaker: Ma Zhong; Panelists: Susan Shirk, Barry Naughton, and Junjie Zhang
This event discussed the decision-making process in Beijing and at local levels is essential for projecting how well China will clean up and reduce the environmental harm left behind from its rapid economic growth.

"China and Global Health in the 21st Century"
Nov. 8, 2011
Speaker: Ray Yip; Panelists: Gordon McCord, Susan Shirk, Tom Novotny, Yuhong Jiang
This seminar and panel discussion reviewed China’s progress in domestic health development, its changing geopolitical role, and its efforts in health diplomacy.

Film: Hongse Xue (Red Snow)

Nov. 3, 2011
Dr. Yingjin Zhang, Professor of Chinese Literature and Film, introduced the film and its perspective on the Cultural Revolution. Red Snow is Award-winning director Peng Tao’s (Little Moth, 2007) first independent feature film.