Will China Change the World, or Will the World Change China?

July 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012, 1601 East-West Road

Please join us for a Public Seminar by David Hoffman, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, China Center, The Conference Board

China’s step-up onto the world stage has become prolific under President Xi Jinping. In May, the Belt and Road Summit in Beijing convened 29 world leaders and proposed roughly $1 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next five years. The Belt and Road initiative conjoins with other ambitious programs including a flurry of out-bound foreign direct investment activity by Chinese firms and the Made in China 2025 program intended to transform China into a high-tech superpower. The “internationalization with Chinese characteristics” faces many challenges: developed world polities are resistant to it; push-back is intensifying against unfair, un-reciprocal Chinese trade and commercial practices; most developing world polities distrust it although many are willing to take Chinese investment monies now and worry about trust issues later; and not least, China’s approach to globalization is both costly and commercially questionable. What does all of this mean for business? These are critical issues for MNCs active in the domestic China market and for those engaging with Chinese firms and projects globally.

David Hoffman is responsible for Conference Board thought leadership, programming, and engagement in Asia and China. He spent 30 years as a resident analyst and business developer in China and as thought leader, strategy advisor, and top management consultant on China and Asia business issues. Prior to The Conference Board, he led Pricewaterhouse-Coopers’ Technology-InfoComms-Entertainment Advisory practice in China for 21 years. He is a graduate in Chinese Studies from UC San Diego.

Free and open to the public

Seating is limited

Please RSVP at: 944-7111 or EWCInfo@EastWestCenter.org

Paid parking is available on the UH Manoa Campus

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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(808) 944-7111, EWCInfo@eastwestcenter.org

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