China Speaker SeriesFebruary 9, 2012 —
The topic of China—or the theme of China’s inexorable rise—has been popping up everywhere these days. In the media, Republican primary debates, and academic discussions alike, every road leads to China. The attention is not unwarranted; if you’ve been paying even reluctant attention to the news since 2008, you’ll know that the economic powerhouse has raised many fears and concerns among the international community. China’s rise will soon (by 2030) place the pseudo-Communist country atop the worldwide economic pecking order; this in addition to its militaristic attitude, deplorable human rights practices, and general tendency to annoy everyone but Russia and North Korea. It seems banal for this freshman Asian Studies major to harp on the many aspects of China’s rise, but luckily The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life is bringing in the experts. In a five-part lecture series dubbed “The Rise of China”, leading figures from China-related academic and economic posts will discuss the problems and prospects of the country’s rise.
In the first lecture given on January 30, David C. Kang (director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California) offered a view that diverges from the popular skeptical-realist take on East Asian security. Professor Kang posited that perhaps the sharing of ideas and values, rather than relative power considerations, will determine stability in the region, a theory that has encountered much controversy among foreign policy experts. Catch the next lecture on February 20 at 4:30 if you want to be able to add some other interesting ideas to the next China-centric conversation you encounter. Speaking on the 20th is none other than the Chief Economist at the World Bank, Justin Lin (he’s kind of a big deal.) Check out http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Jan12/EthicsSeries.html for the rest of the dates and details.