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New Challenges & New Way Forward: Chinese New Year Business Forum 2022 @ The Buckhead Club
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
New Challenges & New Way Forward: Chinese New Year Business Forum 2022 @ The Buckhead Club | Atlanta | Georgia | United States


Dr. Yawei Liu: Director The China Program, The Carter Center, Associate Director, The China Research Center

Keynote Speaker

Frank Lavin: Founder & CEO of Export Now, Former Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade


  • Yimin Yang: Senior EVP and Chief Risk Office for Loyal Trust Bank
  • Samuel Sun: CEO of ZTE USA and President of ZTE North America
  • Shaquana Teasley: Founder & CEO of Agate Solutions, LLC
  • Steven Lustig: Vice President of Global Supply Chain at East West Manufacturing



  • Beijing Language and Culture University
  • The Carter Center
  • Chen-Lin Education & Culture Foundation
  • The China Research Center
  • East West Manufacturing
  • Loyal Trust Bank
  • WePartner
China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Atlanta Global Studies Center and GSU’s Department of Communication welcome author Peter Martin for a discussion on his book, “China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy,” which charts China’s transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China’s diplomats. Peter Martin is joined by Maria Repnikova, an expert on Chinese political communication and Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Georgia State University.

Peter Martin is Bloomberg’s defense policy and intelligence reporter in Washington, DC. He was previously based in Beijing where he wrote extensively on escalating tensions in the US-China relationship and reported from China’s border with North Korea and its far-western region of Xinjiang. His writing has been published by outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and the Guardian. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, Peking University and the London School of Economics.

Zoom Registration Link:

Peter Martin Talk

Shanghai Communiqué 50th Anniversary Celebration @ Zoom Webinar
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Shanghai Communiqué 50th Anniversary Celebration @ Zoom Webinar

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Shanghai Communiqué, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and the Committee of 100 welcome members to attend a half-day hybrid forum: the in-person event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. February 25 (Shanghai time) which includes a post-event reception at the Hyatt on the Bund. It can also be watched via Zoom on February 24 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. EST.

Prominent representatives of the diplomatic, business, and academic communities will examine how people-to-people relations, economic cooperation, and diplomatic interactions have influenced the Sino-American relationship and how bi-lateral relations might evolve in the coming 50 years. All NCUSCR members and friends are welcome to attend virtually. Shanghai-based NCUSCR members will receive an email with instructions for those wishing to attend in-person. The event schedule is as follows:

Remarks by the following (in chronological order):

  • Dr. Henry Kissinger
  • Madam Zhou Bingde (Zhou Enlai’s Niece)
  • Ambassador Cui Tiankai (Invited)
  • Ambassador Gary Locke

Panel 1 | Diplomatic Roundtable: Former diplomats and leading academics will discuss how diplomacy has evolved since the Shanghai Communiqué, the political environment in both countries in 1972 compared to today, and predictions for how the bilateral relationship will evolve

  • Panelists: Kenneth Jarrett (Albright Stonebridge), Susan Thornton (Yale Law School), Beatrice Camp(American Diplomacy), Huang Renwei (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences)
  • Moderator: Stephen Orlins (National Committee on U.S.-China Relations)

Panel 2 | Beyond Politics: Perspectives on Past, Present and Future of People-to-People and Business Ties:Business and academic leaders will discuss the impact of Sino-American relations on people-to-people and business links between the two countries

  • Panelists: Christine Lam (Citi), Walter Liu (American Express), Jeffrey Lehman (NYU), Joe Schott (Shanghai Disney Resort; Invited)
  • Moderator: Sean Stein (Covington & Burling LLP)


Dramas of Catastrophes: American and Chinese Governments’ Cultural Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Dramas of Catastrophes: American and Chinese Governments’ Cultural Response to the COVID-19 Crisis


About the Event:

In an ongoing project, Xu examines the American and Chinese governments’ cultural responses to the COVID-19 crisis. “Cultural response,” defined as the governments’ symbolic action to address their citizens’ suffering and death in disasters, is often neglected by scholars and dismissed by public opinion as secondary and insignificant. But Xu argues that governments must win people’s hearts and minds through sympathetic, meaningful words and actions about their reactions, accountability, and visions, in addition to their supplies, funds, and managerial actions. Drawing on the dramaturgical approach and a comparative study, Xu shows how the two governments’ cultural responses have been shaped by their different types of regimes, political structures, and particular situations. Xu also intends to develop and extend the dramaturgical approach to disaster management, a topic that has been studied mostly from the managerial and practical perspective in the mainstream paradigm.

About the Speaker:

Bin Xu is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University. His research interests lie at the intersection of politics and culture, including collective memory, civil society, cultural sociology, and social theory. He is the author of The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford, 2017), which won the 2018 Best Book Prize for Culture and Honorable Mention for Asia from the American Sociological Association, Chairman Mao’s Children: Generation and the Politics of Memory in China (Cambridge 2021), and The Culture of Democracy: A Sociological Approach to Civil Society (under contract with Polity 2022, forthcoming). His articles have appeared in leading sociological and China studies journals.

Moderator: Qin Gao, Professor and Director of China Center for Social Policy, Columbia School of Social Work

This event is part of the 2021-2022 lecture series on “COVID-19 Impacts and Responses in China and Beyond” and is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Governing and Ruling: The Political Logic of Taxation in China
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Governing and Ruling: The Political Logic of Taxation in China

Rapid social economic changes, the transition from a planned economy to a market economy, or even economic liberalization can lead to political instability and the collapse of authoritarian regimes. Despite experiencing all of these unprecedented changes in the past forty years, China under the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership has so far successfully transformed and improved both its governance capacity and its ruling capacity. Governing and Ruling addresses this regime resilience puzzle by examining the political logic of its taxation system, especially the ways in which taxation helps China handle three governance problems: maneuvering social control, improving agent discipline, and eliciting cooperation. Changdong Zhang argues that a taxation system plays an important role in sustaining authoritarian rule, in China and elsewhere, by combining co-optation and repression functions. The book collects valuable firsthand and secondhand data; studies China’s taxation system, intergovernmental fiscal relationships, composition of fiscal revenue sources, and tax administration; and discusses how each dimension influences the three governance problems.


This webinar is organized by the China Research Center in Atlanta and the US-China Perception Monitor.

Changdong Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at School of Government at Peking University. He received his Ph. D. in political science from University of Washington, Seattle. Prof. Zhang’s research interests include taxation politics/fiscal sociology, state and society relationships, and institutionalism, with a regional focus of China and Asia. Prof. Zhang has published many journal articles and book chapters both in Chinese and English, and is working on a book manuscript titled as Governing and Ruling: taxation and authoritarian resilience.

Hybrid Event: Georgia Exports to China: 2022 USCBC Exports Report Highlights @ Dalton Co
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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US-China Business Council, TN-China Network, China Research Center, Dalton State and the Georgia Tech CIBER are hosting a hybrid event on GA exports to China.

Each year, the US-China Business Council tracks the latest trends in US goods and services exports to China, looking at how trade policy and other developments impact the commercial relationship. This report features detailed overviews of every state and congressional district’s unique export relationship with China, as well as the number of American jobs that are supported by those exports.

In this event, USCBC’s director of subnational initiatives, Elizabeth Rowland, will analyze trends in last year’s national export data as well as go into detail on state and congressional district-level export data for Georgia. Elizabeth will be joined by USCBC Senior Vice President David Thomas, who will provide an update on the most recent developments in US-China trade relations.

Following their presentations, the event will open to Q&A with the audience.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register with your work or university email, if possible. The deadline to register for the in person program is May 20 at 2:00 PM ET. The deadline to register for the virtual program is May 23 at 1:00 PM ET. Dial-in information will be provided on May 23 at 4:00 PM ET.

Register Here


Dalton State College
Wright School of Business
650 College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720

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