Among All Uncertainties After Brexit Vote, Low Growth Is Sure

British voters elected to leave the European Union, which in turn ushered in new leadership for the United Kingdom. But few are sure of the next step, and British leaders are wise to proceed cautiously before invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty and starting the process of negotiating a separation agreement. If agreement is not reached in two years, membership ends unless both parties approve an extension. British voters seek freedom from regulations and immigration requirements, but “The greater freedom UK negotiates will lessen access to the common market,” warns economist David Dapice. Consultants list options, but the bottom line is that the European Union has little reason to open its market to those who reject outright its standards and rules. About 44 percent of British exports head to the EU. Many costs and gains of Brexit– including new trade rules, foreign investment, inflation levels and status for British banks – won’t become apparent until negotiations begin and policy is set. That could take years, and in the meantime, uncertainty ensures lackluster growth.

Yale Club of Beijing: Book Donation Trip in Henan Province

Friday, September 2 – Saturday, September 3: Book Donation Trip in Henan Province

The Yale Club of Beijing’s Book Donation Program is organizing its tenth annual visit to Yaocun No 1 Middle School in rural Linzhou County, Henan Province. A group of 8 volunteers will travel by high-speed bullet train from Beijing West to Anyang East train stations, departing September 2 (Friday evening, leaving about 5:30pm) and returning to Beijing September 3 (Saturday evening, arriving around 10:30 pm).

The book donation and English practice activities will take place at the Yaocun No 1 Junior Middle School on Saturday, September 3. In the morning, volunteers will assist in informal, classroom English practice. In the afternoon, we will organize activities such as basketball, arts and crafts, performance arts (singing/dancing/acting), and discussion groups. No experience is required other than fluency in English and enthusiasm in sharing your talents and interests with rural middle school students. Our book donation this year will include a new collection of science, math, English, sports and biography books purchased in the USA for the middle school library.

For more information and to sign up for the event, contact Gwen ZAHNER at

Yale Club of Beijing: Events recap

 North Korea’s Nuclear Future: Talk by Prof. Charles Armstrong

The Columbia, University of Chicago, and Yale Alumni Clubs co-hosted a talk by Columbia Professor Charles Armstrong at the University of Chicago-Beijing Center on Friday night. The audience included a mix of alumni and current students interested in international relations and foreign affairs. Professor Armstrong’s lecture first focused on North Korea’s nuclear and diplomatic history, and then went on to describe how these histories have allowed North Korea to carve out a unique position for itself in the East Asian region as well as the international community. Professor Armstrong also explained possible future scenarios for the East Asian region, and then held a candid 30-minute open discussion session with the audience.

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Global Security and Democratic Governance Falter as Historic Rivalries Reemerge

The world is shifting from a brief period of democratization and global economic integration since 1989 toward nationalism and mistrust. Security expert Richard Weitz suggests that evidence of this shift was apparent during the July summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the response to Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and the international court’s rejection of China’s claims, and Japan moving toward lifting self-imposed restraints on using force. The increasing tensions Weitz describes interfere with rallying domestic and international opinion to resolve other pressing concerns like the war in Syria. “Although Western economies are generally performing better, their political systems have experienced greater instability and turbulence, with the electorates voting for extremist parties, perhaps as a reaction against the perceived negative effects of globalization such as immigration and job instability,” he writes. Russia and China take actions that drive wedges in the countries of the West, ironically because the allies are so close. The allies would be wise to collect themselves, overcome petty national differences, and rely on openness and democracy to forge a new history around more lofty common goals. – YaleGlobal

Yale Grad Comes up with a necklasce for providing immunisation to the Rural India

Imagine a situation where most kids die at an early age. Imagine this situation in a small rural village. Now, imagine this same situation affecting an entire state, then an entire country and lastly, this world. Would you rather be a passive observer and watch the youth wither away or would you be an active participant in preventing the cause that leads to this widespread deterioration?

India is a diverse country but within this widespread diversity, we see many problems. We may or may not relate to them, but people like Ruchit Nagar, Mohammed Shahnawaz and Preethi Venkat work day and night to find innovative solutions for the same. They are the founders of Khushi Baby, a not-for-profit organization, which is slowly revolutionizing the way we provide immunization to newborn babies. Khushi baby has turned the black thread worn by many newborn babies in Rajasthan into an effective tool to track and record their immunization details.