The Council is pleased to present the 59th Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture in Chinese Studies. Dr. Thomas J. Christensen (Professor of Public & International Affairs and Director of the China and the World Program, Columbia University) presented “China’s Rise and the Security of East Asia” on Friday, November 9, 2018. Many see a rising China as a security threat to the United States and its friends and allies because it seeks to drive the United States out of East Asia, dominate that region, and challenge the United States globally in a new Cold War. These concerns are overblown. But the good news ends there. The difficult challenges posed by China’s rise are real and take two forms: dissuading China from settling its many maritime disputes with weaker neighbors through coercion and military force and thereby destabilizing a region of growing global importance; and encouraging China to contribute to global stability by using its economic clout to help solve global problems such as nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran.
Cheered on by over 4,000 Chinese fans at Shanghai’s Baoshan Sports Center, Yale triumphed over the University of California, Berkeley 76 – 59 on Saturday.
But besides training for the big win over Cal, the basketball team also toured the Alibaba headquarters, enjoyed a riverbend cruise and ate local cuisine during its one-week trip across China, which included stops in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Before the trip, basketball players participated in language and culture classes as well as weekly workshops where they learned about Chinese history and practiced basic Chinese phrases. For Director of Athletics Vicky Chun, who was appointed to her position last spring, the team’s trip to China was a realization of her vision to emphasize the dual nature of the student-athlete experience at Yale.
Participants in the sixth annual China-Yale Youth Leaders Dialogue appeared with Pericles Lewis, Yale University’s vice president for global strategy and deputy provost for international affairs (above, at center), during the program’s closing ceremony held recently at the Greenberg Conference Center.
Established in 2013, the Dialogue was created through a partnership between Yale University and the All-China Youth Federation. The visiting delegation, comprised of provincial youth organization leaders, government and party officials, and private sector executives, spent a week at Yale engaging with faculty, students, World Fellows, and local officials to discuss topics ranging from U.S. politics and policies to innovation, education, and governance. The group then traveled to Washington, D.C. for meetings with U.S. government officials and experts on U.S.-China relations to discuss other matters of mutual interest.
Taisu Zhang is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He works on comparative legal history, specifically, economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe. He has published a number of articles and essays in academic journals and popular outlets and is the current president of the International Society for Chinese Law and History. We talk with Professor Zhang about his new book, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Pre-Industrial China and England, which recently received the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize from the MacMillan Center.
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