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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) presents 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.
Held at the Hagerty Center and Dennos Museum Complex on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, key conference sessions and presenters include:
- China in the 21st Century — Are We Ready? Kurt Campbell, Chairman and CEO of the Asia Group and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
- The Rapid Pace of Change in China: What’s to Come? Ted Plafker, Beijing Correspondent for The Economist and author of Doing Business in China
- China’s Business Culture, Dr. G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, GM
- China’s Environmental Challenges — Water! Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue
- Education in the Age of Globalization
- The Emergence of Creative Thought in China, with artists from China
Additionally, roundtables involving business leaders with firsthand experiences will address working in China and attracting Chinese investment. Experts including from MSU and U-M will explore education and political topics. And for those of you looking to experience Chinese culture, the conference offers a “taste” of Chinese culinary arts as a special add-on event on Saturday, June 7!
Concluding Assessment Panels will bring 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. Get in on the conversation!