"China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready?"

TRAVERSE CITY --  One of the nation's most respected authorities on China, Dr. David Shambaugh, will present "China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready?" at 6 p.m. June 5 at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City.

Shambaugh is a professor and director of the China Policy Program at The George Washington University, as well as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.He is the author of numerous books and publications including his highly-acclaimed 2013 release, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, selected by The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Bloomberg News as one of the best books of the year. Dr. Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and has family ties on the Old Mission Peninsula dating back to 1902.

Shambaugh's presentation kicks off "China: Competitor or Partner?" the International Affairs Forum's two-day conference on China, which continues with roundtables, panel discussions and lectures all day Friday June 6, at the Hagerty Center. With more than 1.3 billion people and an economy that will eclipse that of the United States in a few years, China is expected to play an increasingly prominent role in this century. The conference will take up the question of what this means for the U.S. in terms of business, political, educational and cultural ties, including here in northern Michigan.

Tickets for Shambaugh's presentation are $15 in advance at mynorthtickets.com (search China) or at the door; $5 for students and educators online or at the door. 

For more information on Friday's China conference events, visit http://china.tciaf.com/

Release date: May 23, 2014

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Karen Segal
IAF board member
(231) 421-5424