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Beijing International Affairs Events Newsletter
Tuesday, November 18, 10am-12pm
“Knowing How the Other Thinks: The Brain and its Influence in Global Crises”
Nicholas Wright, Associate, Nuclear Policy Program at Carnegie-Tsinghua
Minwang Lin, Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations at China Foreign Affairs University
Tong Zhao, Associate, Nuclear Policy Program at Carnegie-Tsinghua
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Unisplendour International Center | Free | Open to Public | Registration
A clear understanding of how people make decisions is crucial to accurately forecasting how global leaders will deal with the challenges facing the international community. The knowledge and techniques of neuroscience can contribute to better decisionmaking in crises, enrich our understanding of international relations, and foster a more stable international environment. Nicholas Wright will discuss the contributions that neuroscience has made to the study of international relations. Tong Zhao will moderate a discussion between Wright and Minwang Lin.
Nicholas Wright is an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. He applies insights from neuroscience and psychology to decisionmaking in international confrontations.
Minwang Lin is an associate professor at the Institute of International Relations of China Foreign Affairs University. His most recent monograph, Choosing War: A Loss-Aversion Theory of War Decision, is a groundbreaking Chinese language publication that connects psychological studies with international relations research.
Tong Zhao is an associate in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research focuses on strategic security issues, including nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, missile defense, strategic stability, and China’s security and foreign policy.
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Tuesday, November 18, 7pm
“The Global Impact of China’s Reforms”
Xun WANG, Research Fellow, China Center for Contemporary World Studies, International Department CPC Central Committee
ThinkIN China
The Bridge Cafe | Free
Mr. Xun WANG is now working as a research fellow at China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS). Prior to his service at CCCWS, he served as a Post doctoral research fellow of the Stockholm China Economic Research Institute at Stockholm School of Economics from September 1, 2011 to July 2013. Mr. Xun WANG’s current research focuses on macroeconomic policy, Chinese economy and international finance issues. He has published a number of journal articles about financial liberalization and development, including ‘Does Financial Repression Inhibit or Facilitate Economic Growth? A Case Study of China’s Reform Experience’ (Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics), Financial Sector Policies and Inequality (China Economic Review), Financial Liberalizations and the Middle-income Trap: What can China Learn from the Cross-country Experience? (China Economic Review).
Xun WANG received a Ph.D in Economics from National School of Development, Peking University, an M.A in Economics from the Sun Yat-set University and a B.A in International Economics from Hebei University of Economics & Trade.
Thursday, November 20, 2pm-5pm
“Assessing U.S. Global Strategy and Foreign Policy”
Zhang Lihua, Resident Scholar, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Weiqing Building Room 306, Tsinghua University | Free | Closed to Media
The United States globally exerts tremendous political, economic, and cultural influence. In recent years, U.S. efforts to promote the country’s values overseas, however, have produced mixed results in the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. What factors have contributed to this trend, and how are U.S. policymakers adjusting their foreign policy strategies and public diplomacy efforts in response?
At this event, leading Chinese scholars will analyze the timely questions surrounding global U.S. diplomatic strategy. Zhang Lihua will moderate the discussion on campus at Tsinghua University. Portions of the dialogue will be conducted in both English and Chinese, and consecutive interpretation will be available.
Zhang Lihua is a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where she examines how China’s core values affect Chinese foreign policy. Zhang is also director of the European Studies Center at Tsinghua University’s Institute of International Studies. Her other research interests include political theory, European politics, and contemporary Chinese politics and diplomacy.
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Thursday, November 20, 3pm-4:30pm
“China’s Health Care Reform: New Deal and New Mindset”
ZHANG Wei, Professor of Applied Economics, Guanghua School of Management at Peking University
Foreign Correspondent's Club of China
Embassy of Belgium | 80 RMB | Registration
The Chinese government used a 9-figure-fine to crack down on GSK, but what moves will the CPC make to rebuild the core of the country’s health care system? Dilapidated and strained after years of underfunding and overcrowding, the demand for innovation in China’s health care sector has never been greater.  Zhang Wei, health care policy expert and economist from Peking University, Guanghua School of Management, will offer insight on the latest changes to health care policy and explain how Chinese business, hospitals, investors and medicine are working together to innovate and change the country’s health care industry.
A surgeon by training, Zhang Wei has a PhD in Health Care Policy from Harvard University and is an authority on China’s health care policy.  As Peking University, Guanghua School of Management’s Professor of Applied Economics and distinguished Executive Education faculty, Prof. ZHANG has a great deal of experience working with professionals and presenting research in a practical, global and concise way.  His award-winning and internationally published research, which integrates case studies and consulting experience, extends from business strategy transformation to business model and healthcare innovation.  Before teaching at Guanghua, Prof. ZHANG was a faculty member at CEIBS and the founding director of CEIBS Center for Health Care Policy and Management. He was also a Distinguished Bing Fellow of Health Economics at RAND and an adjunct faculty at Peking University at PKU School of Government.
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Thursday, November 20, 7:30pm
“Mental Health X-ray: Seeking to Treat China’s Mental Health Issues”
George Hu, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist, Beijing United Family Hospital & Clinics
Beijing International Society
Residence of the Ambassador of Lebanon | 50 RMB; 20 RMB for students
Foreign Passport Holders Only | Off-the-record
Work pressure, the breakdown of traditional society, changing family trends, and other stresses of China's rapid modernization have brought a profound psychological impact to the population. Can the mental health care system cope? What are the effects on the next generation? Clinical psychologist George Hu, PsyD, will discuss the state of today’s mental health care system, how mental illness is diagnosed and the direction ahead for this delicate and complicated health issue.
Friday, November 21, 3pm-5pm
“China-Africa Economic Cooperation in Global Context”
Tang Xiaoyang, Resident Scholar, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Shi Zhiqin, Resident Scholar, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Li Anshan, Professor, School of International Relations at Peking University
He Wenping, Africa Program Director, Institute of West Asian and African Studies, China Academy of Social Sciences
Zhang Haisen, Director, Center for International Agricultural Cooperation and Development, University of International Business and Economics
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Wenjin International Hotel | Free | Open to Public | Registration
As interactions between China and African countries grow, observers predict that the cooperative relationship could revitalize Africa and promote much-needed economic development. China has made significant investments in infrastructure, education, and technology in return for natural resources and market access, but some experts question if these arrangements are as beneficial for the African governments and societies involved as they have been for Beijing.
Tang Xiaoyang will present an analysis from his latest book on China’s economic operations in Africa. In it, he characterizes China-Africa economic exchanges not as bilateral in nature, but as many contextualized series of engagements situated in an expanding global market economy. Afterward, Shi Zhiqin will moderate a discussion with Li Anshan, He Wenping, and Zhang Haisen.
Tang Xiaoyang is a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University. His research interests include political philosophy, China’s modernization process, and China’s engagement in Africa. At the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, Tang’s research focuses on China-Africa relations, with a particular emphasis on the dynamics of Beijing’s interactions with African member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Shi Zhiqin is a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where he runs the China-EU Relations program and the China-NATO dialogue series. Shi is also a professor and chancellor of the School of Social Sciences and dean of the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University.
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Saturday, November 22, 7:30pm-9pm
“The Dilemma of the Chinese Model and Challenges to China’s Economic Transformation”
Tao Ran, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and Professor, Renmin University School of Economics
The Courtyard Institute | Royal Asiatic Society (Beijing)
The Courtyard Institute | 50 RMB (includes one drink) | RSVP
What are the primary challenges facing the Chinese Model and the Chinese economic transformation? What decisions might the Chinese authorities make to overcome such challenges and promote Chinese economic reform? Please join us for an open dialogue with Professor Tao Ran as he shares his opinions on prospects for a successful economic transition.
Tao Ran is a nonresident senior fellow of the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, professor at the Renmin University School of Economics. A specialist in the Chinese economy, he has published on the political economy of China’s economic transition, land and household registration reform, and local governance and public finance in rural China. His research has appeared most recently in Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Land Economics, Urban Studies, Political Studies, China Quarterly and Land Use Policy.
To RSVP, please email eventscourtyardreg@gmail.com with “Dialogue Nov. 22” in the subject line prior to November 14th. Please provide your name, email address and the number of people that will accompany you. This event is limited to thirty participants. Note: this event was previously planned for Nov. 15 but was rescheduled.
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