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April 15, 2011
China Rising: EU and US Responses to a Changing World Order (Panel Discussion and Reception)

Dates: April 15-16, 2011

Conference Time/Location:
April 15, 9am-4:20pm; April 16, 9am-12:30pm in the Institute of European Studies Seminar Room, 201 Moses Hall

Panel and Reception Time/Location:
April 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm at 2223 Fulton Street, Institute of East Asian Studies, 6th Floor Conference Room

RSVP: Alexsia Chan (alexsia[at]berkeley.edu)

Project Overview and Motivating Questions

For the first time in a century, a set of large, populous and increasingly wealthy states—China, India and Russia—are on the cusp of achieving great-power status. These powers are entering an international system still governed by a "Western" conception of legal and political order and based on the primacy of post-World War II rules, drawn from liberal models of capitalism and democracy practiced in the U.S. and in Western Europe. In this context, the most important and most uncertain question facing the West over the next decade is this: What will be the relationship between the EU and the US vis-a-vis these rising powers? Will the transatlantic relationship hold and become stronger, faced with this new geopolitical and geo-economic challenge? Or will the US and the EU—an increasingly prominent global player—compete for economic and political advantage? This issue goes far beyond the old "Mars vs. Venus" controversy: nothing less than the viability of the current international economic and political order, not to mention the health of the planet, rests on the answer.

Conference and Roundtable Description

On April 15-16, 2011, BASC will bring together prominent American, European, and Chinese scholars to discuss the implications of China's rise in an international system still governed by a "Western" conception of legal and political order and based on the primacy of post-World War II rules. On April 15, we will host a panel discussion at 6:30pm and reception to follow at 7:30pm at which BASC alumni can meet these scholars. The panel will feature Professors Shi Yinhong (Renmin University), Sun Jisheng (China Foreign Affairs University), and Zhu Feng (Peking University) discussing China's rise, its changing attitude toward international affairs, and the implications of these changes for the West. We invite all BASC alumni to the conference, panel, and reception. Please contact Alexsia Chan (alexsia[at]berkeley.edu) to RSVP or for more information. Please contact Alexsia Chan (alexsia[at]berkeley.edu) to RSVP or for more information.
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