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The China Center works to build the bridge of understanding, friendship, exchange, and cooperation between the U.S. and Greater China. Through our offices in Minneapolis and Beijing, we provide advice and support to the University community, maintain important relationships, and foster cultural engagement.
It was long assumed that as China embraced open markets and private enterprise, its state-controlled economy would fall by the wayside, that free markets would inevitably lead to a more liberal society. Instead, China’s growth over the past four decades has positioned state capitalism as a durable foil to the orthodoxy of free markets, to the confusion of many in the West.
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2022 Griffin Lecture Discusses China's Role in Global Debt Crisis
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Argentina, Belize, Ecuador, Lebanon, Suriname, Zambia, and Sri Lanka have all declared bankruptcy: defaulting on their sovereign bonds, and actively seeking debt restructuring. Others are sure to follow. What is China’s role in the rise of debt? How are Chinese creditors navigating what may become a systemic global debt crisis?
Dr. Deborah Brautigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative, argues that solving the challenge of developing country debt requires the two largest economies to work together in the G20, the IMF, and the World Bank.
Two professional Go players introduced the game, touched on their own experiences growing up with Go in China and Canada, and discussed the role of Go both in the past and in modern society.
A Global Business’ Growth Journey During China's Rise: Strategic Considerations Amid U.S.-China Tensions
Sam Hsu, executive vice president of strategic planning at Ecolab, discussed the strategic considerations for building a bright future in business amid the intensifying tension between the U.S. and China.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World
In this presentation, Yong Zhao offers an entertaining, provocative insider’s account of the Chinese school system, revealing the secrets that make it both "the best and worst" in the world.