Jan. 9, 2017
Winter 2017 Newsletter

As the first year since the U.S. presidential election begins, we look forward to hosting a series of events in winter quarter to help us think through the prospective changes on the horizon for U.S.-China relations.

On Feb. 7, the Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward China, led by 21st Century China Center Chair Susan Shirk and Orville Schell from the Asia Society, will release a report after an intense, year-long discussion and review of U.S. policy toward China since 1979. The task force comprises academic experts and veteran policymakers from both Republican and Democratic administrations. Its findings and recommendations aim to advise the new administration and the public on what elements of U.S. strategy toward China should be retained and what should be adjusted. Then on March 7, we welcome former Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky to deliver the Fifth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture on the challenges facing U.S.-China trade and investment. Later in the year, the center will collaborate with Fudan University's Center for American Studies to hold the second U.S.-China University Think Tank Dialogue on Bilateral Relations.

Another initiative of the center is to establish a China Data Lab (CDL) that will integrate various data our faculty have collected and used in their research. The CDL will facilitate data-based research collaboration, meet the instructional and training needs in China-related data analytics and promote international exchange through a consortium of university-based data analytic centers in China and the U.S. Once established with secure funding, the CDL will support the pioneering social science research on China by our center scholars and their collaborators from China and elsewhere. On research, we continue to co-sponsor the research workshop series by the Fudan-UC Center, which spotlights current research by faculty, Ph.D. students and visiting researchers.

In fall quarter, we hosted a number of distinguished speakers, including the dean of Peking University's School of Government and political reform expert Yu Keping, who delivered our second Sokwanlok Distinguished Lecture on China's governance challenges. The annual China Town Hall held in cooperation with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, featured an engaging presentation by UC San Diego alumna Melanie Hart, of the Center for American Progress, at the Bishop's School in La Jolla. We also screened the documentary "Mr. Deng Goes to Washington," held a lively conversation on China's energy and environmental challenges and celebrated more than 30 years of UC San Diego's partnerships with China. For more goings-on, read China Focus's 2016 year-in-review of the top headlines about China and how they were covered at UC San Diego.

To stay up to date on our upcoming events, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat as "复'UUC" (ID: Fudan-UC-21CC), and be sure to tune in to our podcast, China 21!

Warmest regards,
Susan Shirk
Chair, 21st Century China Center
Lei Guang
Director, 21st Century China Center

Featured News
Congratulations to Marion and Kwan So!
Among the center's most steadfast supporters from the start, Marion and Kwan So deservedly received UC San Diego's Chancellor's Medal in 2016. As told through the eyes of those they've impacted deeply, we honor the ways in which they inspired our mission to promote research on and improve our understanding of U.S.-China relations.  Read more >> 
Susan Shirk featured in The Atlantic's cover story
Susan Shirk connected with The Atlantic's James Fallows regarding the bipartisan Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward China, which she co-leads with Asia Society's Orville Schell, and its report that re-assesses and offers recommendations to President-elect Donald Trump's administration on U.S. policy toward China. Read more >>

Highlighted China Scholar
Paul Pickowicz
Paul Pickowicz is one of the country's leading historians of modern China with 15 books to his credit. A true interdisciplinary scholar, his work has investigated the impact of the cultural revolution on Chinese peasants, the history of Chinese cinema, Cold War propaganda strategies, rural protest and Chinese soft-power initiatives. Join us on Jan. 18 at UC San Diego's Faculty Club to celebrate his retirement. View bio >>
Upcoming Events
"The Impact of Tsai and Trump on Cross-Strait Relations" 
Jan. 10, 2017 | Register
Jacques deLisle, the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, will address current cross-strait relations and the longstanding One China policy now being called into question. 

"Very Close Encounters: Modern China at the Grassroots"
Jan. 18, 2017 |  Register
Celebrate the retirement of UC San Diego's Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese Studies  Paul Pickowicz . He will recount lessons from decades of on-the-ground research on Chinese society, with gripping film interviews he conducted in rural China in the 1980s.

"Great LOL of China"
Feb. 6, 2017 | Save the date
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.

"The Origins and Dynamics of Crony Capitalism in China"
Feb. 9, 2017 | Register
Minxin Pei, the Tom and Margot Pritzker '72 Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, will reveal compelling insights from more than 200 corruption cases involving multiple officials and businessmen from his new book, "China's Crony Capitalism."

"U.S. Policy Toward China"
Feb. 13, 2017 | Save the date 
Presented by Susan Shirk and Asia Society's Orville Schell and based on a new report from their bipartisan task force, discover findings and recommendations for the next administration on U.S.-China relations.

"China's Growing Protectionism and the U.S. Response"
March 7, 2017 | Register 
In the Fifth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture, Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky will tackle China's policies that put foreign companies at a competitive disadvantage, plus suggest how the U.S. and international business community should respond.

"Raise the Umbrella"
March 15, 2017 |  Save the date
Hong Kong filmmaker Evans Chan will screen and discuss his documentary about the pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 and the political aftershock since.
Select Guest Speaker Profile
Former Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky presided over the negotiation of China's re-entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. She served as the U.S. Trade Representative, the country's top trade negotiator, from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Since returning to private practice, she has been advising multinationals and private equity firms on their global market access, investment and acquisition strategies at WilmerHale.
A visiting fellow at the center from January to June, WANG is  co-founder and managing editor of Caixin, a business and finance media group in China. Under his leadership, the Caixin editorial team won Stanford University's Shorenstein Journalism Award in 2011. W ANG also  was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Before Caixin, he served as managing editor of Caijing, a business and finance magazine in China. He holds a master's degree in philosophy from Peking University and a master's degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Quick Links
China Focus
China Focus is an online magazine dedicated to providing depth and context for understanding China and U.S.-China relations. It is run by GPS students with the support of the center. Read more >>

China Research Workshops
This interdisciplinary workshop series features new academic research by UC San Diego scholars and visiting researchers. It is sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China. Lunch is provided to registered attendees. View workshops >>

Young Scholars Conference & Workshop Funding Proposals
The 2017 Young Scholars Conference (May 19-20) is now receiving paper submissions and the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary has funding available for UC campuses to host workshops and lectures.

Starting with their angel investment in 2012, our founders have remained supporting pillars of the center. Beginning in 2016, a new group of members, called the 21st Century China Center Leadership Circle, joins the founders in generously supporting the center activities. The center also welcomes gifts from alumni, community members and corporate partners. Learn more >> 

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