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Escalating US-China Tensions, Techno-nationalism & Their Implications for Universities in the U.S. (and Canada). Why now? What next?
Oct 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Escalating US-China Tensions, Techno-nationalism & Their Implications for Universities in the U.S. (and Canada). Why now? What next?

This is an online event. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

Relations between the United States and China are souring dramatically in what is rapidly becoming a Cold War setting. This is having significant impact on multiple sectors including universities that over four decades have built a web of linkages largely regarded as of mutual advantage. In particular, faculty in STEM and other fields including bio/medicine and Chinese students at American universities, have become increasingly entangled in the escalating confrontation between Washington and Beijing.

Presidential directives, Congressional committees, actions by federal departments and funding agencies (including NIH and NSF), as well as steps taken by some university administrations, have had a major impact on university-based research collaborations with Chinese counterparts.

Leading researchers, the majority of them of Chinese descent, are charged with betraying the trust placed in them by university administrations and federal granting agencies by transferring cutting-edge knowledge back to China as part of “whole of society” efforts to enhance China’s economic and military power at the US’s expense.

In this online encounter we will ask:

What are the national security and integrity of research considerations behind these actions?
What is the scale and scope of activities considered improper or illegal?
What have been the consequences for American universities and how have they responded?
What are the implications for third countries, including Canada?
How do we balance the advantages of open science, collaborations, education and exchange with the need to protect national security, maintain cyber security, safeguard intellectual property, and maintain ethical standards?
Moderator: Meigan Aronson, Dean of Science, UBC


Paul Evans, Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
John Krige, Regents Professor Emeritus, Georgia Tech; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Green College, UBC

Allison Macfarlane, Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
Speakers’ Bios:

Paul Evans (PhD with distinction Dalhousie University 1982) has been a Professor at the University of British Columbia since 1999, teaching Asian and trans-Pacific international relations. His work was based at the Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues which are now both located in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA). An advocate of cooperative and human security, he has been studying and promoting policy-related activity on track-two security processes and the construction of multilateral institutions since 1988. His recent writings and media commentaries have focused on Canada-China relations, Asian security dynamics, and the emergence of techno-nationalism as a defining force in regional affairs, including a recent essay “Techno-nationalism in China-US Relations: Implications for Universities,” East Asian Policy, June 2020.

John Krige is Regents Professor Emeritus in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He is an historian working at the intersection between science, technology and foreign policy. He has been a Visiting Fellow in Residence at Green College, and at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. His most recent monograph, co-authored with Mario Daniels (Amsterdam), is entitled Knowledge and National Security in Cold War America (University of Chicago Press, in press). He is also the author of a recent essay, “Scholars or Spies? U.S – China Tension in Academia,” China Currents, Fall 2020. He has retired and lives in Paris.

Moderator’s Bio:

Dr. Meigan Aronson was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on September 1, 2018. Dr. Aronson brings a strong commitment to research, teaching and learning. She has an extensive publication record (more than 140 articles, including in Nature Communications, PNAS, Physical Review Letters, and Physical Review B). She has been honoured with a number of fellowships, including American Physical Society Fellow, and most recently, Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America. To date, Dr. Aronson has received more than US$13.5 million in sponsored research support. She is passionate about mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows, and has a deep commitment to diversity and improving the success of students and faculty.


Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane – featureDr. Allison M. Macfarlane is Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs within the Faculty of Arts at UBC. Dr. Macfarlane has held both academic and government positions in the field of energy and environmental policy, especially nuclear policy. Most recently, she directed the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University. She recently held a fellowship at the Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy at Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon Adelaide in Australia.

Webinar Poster

Co-Sponsors: The Centre for Chinese Research, the Institute of Asian Research, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, as well as Green College, UBC

US-China relations: “The Quarreling Couple That Still Needs to Dance Together”
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
US-China relations: "The Quarreling Couple That Still Needs to Dance Together"

Virtual webinar hosted by SFU’s Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies in partnership with the Chinese Globalization Association (CGA).

About This Event
The Chinese Globalization Association and SFU’s Jack Austin Center for Asia Pacific Business Studies are pleased to present a keynote speech by a distinguished Professor of Management and Global Business, Farok J. Contractor. In this keynote speech, Farok J. Contractor will explore the potential for economic collaboration between China and the United States.

The talk will examine the future of the US-China relationship and policy dilemmas between these two global powers.

The webinar will also feature Eric Werker, William Saywell Professor at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, as the discussant.

The webinar will be co-moderated by Jing Li, the Co-Director of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies of SFU’s Beedie School of Business and by John R. McIntyre, founding Director of the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

Presentation Abstract
Despite enormous economic complementarities and synergies between the US and China, the current relationship is akin to a quarrelling couple that still needs each other because of the 639 billion in bilateral trade in goods and services, and the “Direct Investment Position” of the two countries combined exceeding $ 130 billion, in 2019.

Putting aside nationalism and ambitions – whether political or corporate – there is no structural or fundamental reason why the two economies should not cooperate on a broad range of issues and sectors, ranging from healthcare to green energy to vehicles, for mutual benefit.

However, because of psychosomatic anti-globalization reactions in the US after 2016, and in China an exaggerated sense of nationalism and nursing 178-year-old grievances that bear little relevance to the present day, the two largest economies are now in an artificial state of tension.

This presentation will focus on the potential future relationship and policy dilemmas. Here are just two examples: China’s portraying itself as the new champion of globalization which then also requires its grudging acceptance of universally accepted rules. For the US, one policy dilemma is how to maintain an open-innovation environment while dealing with the real and imagined ghosts of intellectual asset theft. But there remain the vast majority of areas, sectors and subjects on which the two biggest economies can cooperate, for mutual benefit.

You Said, They Said: A Framework on Informant Accuracy with Application to Studying Self-Reports and Peer-Reports of Adolescent Smoking in China
Oct 8 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Weihua An, Emory University, Sociology
You Said, They Said: A Framework on Informant Accuracy with Application to Studying Self-Reports and Peer-Reports of Adolescent Smoking in China

Zoom Meeting 7:30 (EDT)

Learn more and register here

Social research heavily relies on self-reported data. However, it is known that self-reports, especially of sensitive behaviors, tend to be biased. Among many endeavors to address self-reporting bias, informants (such as peers, co-workers, and family members) are often employed to provide alternative reports to supplement self-reports. In this paper, I discuss the necessity and the applicability of using informant reports and the types, measures, and determinants of informant accuracy. I show that studying informant accuracy not only helps deepen our understanding regarding how perceptions of alters are configured, but also helps develop more effective methods to utilize informant reports to correct self-reporting bias. I also propose a general framework that links informant accuracy to informant characteristics as has been done in prior studies, but also to alter characteristics, dyadic characteristics, and features of the object being reported on. I illustrate the framework through a case study of self-reports and peer-reports of smoking among 4,094 middle school students in China. The results reveal mechanisms that can account for previous findings, present more nuanced patterns beyond previous findings, and show the distinctive logics for identifying the presence and the absence of a behavior.

China’s Public Health System: Holding Bull’s Nose Ring or Tail?
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Zhuo (Adam) Chen, University of Georgia

Zoom Webinar 7:30 (EDT)

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Seventeen years after the SARS outbreak, with cities in lockdown and tens of thousands of patients in intensive care units in China because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, disease prevention and control has again been put into spotlight, albeit unwanted. This presentation will discuss China’s disease control prevention systems, its evolution over time, and its key components and structure. I will also provide a comparison between the public health systems in China and that in the US, with a particular focus on the emergency preparedness and response. The presentation will offer some food for thought on China’s public health systems and policy recommendations.

China Town Hall Meeting 2020
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Annual Event

China Townhall Meeting 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Now in its fourteenth year, CHINA Town Hall (CTH) has provided Americans across the country a more nuanced understanding of the implications of China’s rise for U.S.-China relations and for their own communities. This year’s local town hall is sponsored by the Carter Center, the China Research Center housed at the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech, and Emory International Relations Association, a student organization at Emory.

Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link before the event.  Click here.  

National Townhall

7:00 pm –8:00 pm

Keynote by Mr. Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, renowned investor, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author

Mr. Ray Dalio interviewed by Mr. Stephen Orlins, President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations

Local Townhall

8:00 pm – 9:15 pm:

Keynote: “Meeting China Halfway:  How to Avert War and Reduce Militarized Rivalry in US-China Relations”

By Professor Lyle Jared Goldstein, the U.S. Naval War College

Moderator:  Dr. Yawei Liu, Senior Advisor on China, The Carter Center


A Puzzling Upheaval: China’s Factional Warfare of 1967-1968
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Andrew Walder, Stanford University

Zoom Webinar 7:30 (EST)

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Some 50 years after its conclusion, many aspects of China’s Cultural Revolution remain obscure, despite the fact that it ranked among the largest political upheavals of the 20th century. Perhaps the most puzzling is the two years of armed warfare between rebel factions that spread across China after a wave of rebel power seizures overthrew local governments in early 1967. Official sources indicate that some 250,000 people died in battles between civilian factions during this period, and another 1.3 million died in political campaigns and military operations to suppress the fighting and restore order. This talk provides an evidence-based overview of these conflicts, based on information extracted from 2,246 local histories published in China since the late 1980s. It addresses two puzzling features of this poorly understood period of recent Chinese history: why did antagonistic factions form, and why did violence break out and prove so difficult to suppress?

China Breakfast Briefing 2020: Rescheduled for Nov.18th
Nov 18 @ 8:00 am – 9:15 am

The China  Research Center, in cooperation with International Initiatives at  GSU and the Tennessee China Network, present our annual event:  Updates on the business environment with insights from experts.

A panel discussion with experts from transportation and supply chain, education, economic development and manufacturing backgrounds.

Weds, Nov. 18th, 2020, 8:00 am-9:15 am, EST
Free and open to all; registration required:

Penelope Prime, Founding Director of China Research Center


Haizheng Li, Professor of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology and Associate, China Research Center

Robert Marsh, President, GlobalMesh LLC

Ginger Merritt, Vice President, Performance Colorants & Ingredients, Milliken & Company

Stella Xu, Managing Director, State of Georgia China Office and Initiative, Georgia Department of Economic Development


Susan Thornton presents “Where to From Here in US-China Relations?”
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

SYNOPSIS: 48 years after President Nixon’s trip to China and 42 years after President Carter and Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping made the decision to establish diplomatic relations, the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China has hit the rock bottom. The growing hostility between two first and second largest economies in the world is threatening to derail the global pursuit for peace and security. Will there be a reset of the relationship in 2021? Can a new paradigm of managing the bilateral relationship be found? What should Washington do and what could Beijing do to stabilize the relationship and find ways to compete to make each nation great and cooperate to respond to global challenges?

SUSAN A. THORNTON is a Senior Fellow and Research Scholar at the Yale University Law School Paul Tsai China Center, Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Until July 2018, Thornton was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment. In previous State Department roles, she worked on U.S. policy toward China, Korea and the former Soviet Union and served in leadership positions at U.S. embassies in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus and China.

This event is organized and sponsored by the China Research Center.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom presentation link.   Register here

India-China border standoff: An Indian Perspective of different scenarios and their business implications
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Join us for this discussion on how India-China tensions are affecting the business environment and global transitions.

Time: 10:00 am – 11:15 am (EST), Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2020

To RSVP:  Please email:

China and India are the two most populous countries in the world respectively having about 1.44 billion and 1.38 billion population in 2020. Both the countries together account for about 36% of total world’s population and 67% of Asia’s population. (

Both the countries are nuclear powers and according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in 2019, China & India had the second- and third-highest military spends in the world. For last five months there has been a border standoff between these major two economies, and we will discuss various scenarios and their business implications on Asia and rest of the World with the help of well-known speakers / moderator.


Mr. PradipBaijal, I.A.S. (Retd.),
Former Secretary, Ministry of Disinvestment,
Government of India & Author

Dr. Anupam Srivastava,
Non-Resident Fellow, The Henry L. Stimson
Center & Former Managing Director, Invest India

Moderator-Dr. Penny Prime,
Founding Director, China Research Center and
Managing Editor, China Currents

Organized by the US-India Business Summit, the CIBER at Georgia Tech, and the ACIR, 
and supported by the China Research Center, the US-India Business Research Center,
and the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy at Georgia Tech. 

2020UIBS IndiaChina Dispute Webinar

Ezra Vogel, the Person, Teacher and Scholar
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


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