February 21, 2016
Dear Young China Watchers,
We hope you had a festive Chinese New Year! YCW is having a prolific February, evidenced by our active speaker series around the world. Be sure you are signed up for our upcoming events. They are, as always, going to be substantive and thought provoking.
You may have noticed our growing online presence and wealth of original content. Our YCWEditorial Team has delivered a steady pipeline of interviews with experts discussing key issues like the tensions in the South China Sea and the Belt and Road Initiative. Enjoy!
Across our global chapters
In San Francisco on February 3, Craig Hart, Associate Professor at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University in Beijing, spoke on ‘Partnering to Save the World: the United States, China and Climate Change.’
In London on February 19, Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College and YCW advisor, spoke on ‘The Power of Xi Jinping: A New Augustus?’ ahead of his upcoming book CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping.
On February 16 and 19, YCW New York and YCW Brussels respectively held well-attended mixers in celebration of Chinese New Year.
YCW‘s Upcoming Events
YCW Berlin: On February 24, Friedolin Strack, Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business, will address ‘Current Challenges in Sino-German Economic Relations’. The event is held in German. Contact YCW Berlin for details.
YCW Singapore: On February 25, Frank A. Rose, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, will speak on ‘Strategic Stability and Security in the Asia-Pacific’. Contact YCW Singapore for details.
YCW Shanghai: On March 2, Lena Scheen of NYU Shanghai will talk about ‘Shanghai LIterary Imaginings: A City in Transformation’. On March 8, YCW will host panel discussion on the RMB with Ivan Shi, Director at Z-Ben Advisors and Paul Malpass, Head of RMB Internationalisation, Commercial Banking, HSBC China. Contact YCW Shanghai for details.
YCW Beijing: Kaiser Kuo of the wildly popular Sinica Podcast will be speaking on March 2. Contact YCW Beijing for details.
Our latest on the YCW blog
For our latest YCW Conversation, we invited Dr. Jabin Jacob of the Institute of Chinese Studies in Delhi, Saibal Dasgupta of The Times of India, and Santosh Pai of D.H. Law Associates in Mumbai to discuss India’s position on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. Are the goals and grand strategies of the two regional powers at odds or in alignment?
Danny Quah of the London School of Economics spoke for YCW London in January, but if you missed it you can read his excellent piece on the same topic on the blog: ‘Is China’s Collapse Finally at Hand?‘ Originally published by Asia House.
Our interview with Vincent Ni, BBC World Service, is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese media. We talked to him about the Internet’s impact in China, China’s role in the upcoming U.S. elections, today’s biggest China news stories, and the state of journalism.
We asked Agatha Kratz, Policy Fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations, to unpack the European position on China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. She told us about concerns in the EU, OBOR as a grand strategy, and China’s high-speed rail diplomacy.
Bill Hayton, a journalist with BBC World News and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, began writing about the South China Sea dispute in 2011. We spoke to him about the core issues and how they are likely to develop in 2016.
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