2017 Griffin Lecture: The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations
On April 25, 2017, the University of Minnesota China Center welcomed author and Greater China Chairman for APCO Worldwide James McGregor to deliver the keynote at the 2017 Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges lecture. Mr. McGregor presented "The Time Has Come for a Reset in U.S.-China Relations: What Will That Look Like?" to a crowd of over 200 guest before a lively question-and-answer session moderated by Mr. Robert Kurdle, Orville & Jane Freeman Chair in International Trade & Investment Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
James McGregor is author of two highly regarded books: "No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism: and "One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China." He is a former China bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and former CEO of Dow Jones China. In his nearly three decades in China, he has also been a venture capital investor, entrepreneur who founded a research company for hedge funds, and an advisor to many companies. He currently splits his time between Shanghai, Beijing, and Duluth.
In his lecture, McGregor discussed the differences in the political systems of the United States and China while noting that, despite their differences, their economies and societies are deeply intertwined. McGregor offered advice to both countries saying that America must accept China's global strong economic, political, and military presence while the Chinese leadership must begin playing by global rules.
The lecture series is endowed through a generous gift from Bob and Kim Griffin. The Griffins are committed to promoting mutual respect between U.S. and Chinese cultures and are passionate about connecting people with China.
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