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International Affairs Forum 20th Anniversary Conference
China Today: Competitor or Partner?
June 5-6, 2014
With more than 1.3 billion people and an economy expected to eclipse that of the US in a few short years, China presents both challenges and opportunities including in our own community. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the International Affairs Forum (IAF) presented China Today: Competitor or Partner?, a two-day opportunity to learn more about the rapidly expanding business, educational and cultural connections growing between China and northern Michigan and to discuss what this means for our future.
View videos of selected presentations using the links below. More video links are available on the schedule page and you can also watch the entire playlist of China Conference videos on YouTube here and see more videos at UpNorth Media Center »
Held at the City Opera House, the Hagerty Conference Center on NMC’s Great Lakes campus, and the Dennos Museum Center on NMC’s main campus. Key conference sessions and presenters included:
- China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready? (view video) »
- Dr. David Shambaugh, Professor and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Author of the highly-acclaimed 2013 release China Goes Global: The Partial Power.
- The Rapid Pace of Change in China: What’s to Come? (view video) »
- Ted Plafker, Beijing Correspondent for The Economist and author of Doing Business in China
- China’s Business Culture: The GM Experience (view video) »
- Dr. G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, GM
- China’s Environmental Challenges – Water! (view video) »
- Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue
- Creative Thought in Modern China: The Social Impact (view video) »
- Education Exchanges: A Necessary Part of Global Competency (view video) »
Additionally, roundtables involving business leaders with firsthand experiences addressed working in China and attracting Chinese investment. Experts including those from MSU and UM explored education and political topics. And the conference also offered a “taste” of Chinese culinary arts as a special add-on event on Saturday, June 7.
Concluding Assessment Panels brought together leading business, education and government leaders to discuss this region’s readiness for expanded ties with China, both in terms of general attitudes as well as practical infrastructure support.
Other Speakers and Participants:
Leaders in Chinese arts and culture, experts in Michigan-China educational exchanges, leaders from Michigan communities experiencing rapid growth of ties with China, and business leaders working in China.
Presented by Northwestern Michigan College and the FIM Group
Underwritten by Michigan State University, the Traverse City Economic Club, Britten Banners, and Kim, Mia, Tammy and Hanna Hagerty
Supported by the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Cherry Republic, and Bill Marsh Auto