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Whither China: Strategic Competitor? Global Trader? Anti-Terrorist Partner?

Leading Experts Consider China's Future Role

Thursday, February 7th, 2002

TIAA-CREF Building
730 Third Avenue
Wharton Auditorium, 17th Floor
New York, NY

In the past year alone, U.S. officials have referred to China as a strategic competitor, a global and regional economic power, and an anti-terrorism partner. How does China view its own role in Asia and the world? Is there a dominant rationale emerging for Chinese economic and strategic policy, or will there continue to be a tense struggle between contradictory impulses? And how will China's policies affect the U.S-China relationship? On February 7th, four distinguished Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences will examine the future of China in the context of its modern history.


Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History & Political Science, Harvard University Roderick MacFarquhar is also chair of Harvard University's Department of Government and the former Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research. His publications include: The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals; Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971; The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao; the final two volumes of the Cambridge History of China; The Politics of China, 1949- 1989; and a trilogy, The Origins of the Cultural Revolution. He is the founding editor of The China Quarterly and a former member of the British Parliament.

Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University Professor Spence teaches Chinese history from 1600 to the present, including Western images of China since the medieval period. His books include: The Death of Woman Wang; The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci; The Question of Hu; God's Chinese Son; and The Search for Modern China.

Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law Professor Cohen teaches in the areas of Chinese law and society, international business transactions with China and East Asia, and international law. His publications include: Investment Law and Practice in Vietnam; Contract Law of the People's Republic of China; People's China and International Law; and The Criminal Process in the People's Republic of China, 1949-63: An Introduction.

Tu Weiming, Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy and of Confucian Studies, Harvard University Professor Tu is the Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. Among his many publications are: The Humanities and the Public Intellectual; Confucianism and Human Rights; and Confucian Spirituality. He is a member of Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion and the chair of the Acadamia Sinica's advisory committee for the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy. He is a member of the Group of Eminent Persons for the Dialogue Among Civilizations appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is currently interested in interpreting Confucian ethics as a spiritual resource for the global community.

The American Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The current membership of over 3,700 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of its membership, the Academy conducts thoughtful, innovative, non-partisan studies on international security, social policy, education, and the humanities.

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