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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 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 include:

  • China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready? 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?  Ted Plafker, Beijing Correspondent for The Economist and author of Doing Business in China
  • China’s Business Culture: The GM Experience  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 UM 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!

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


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