February China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, 14 February, 2019, 12 noon

Topic:

The Great Disillusionment

The end of 25 years of global consensus that China would become a pillar of global order

By

Richard Hornik

In 2018, even Old Friends of China like Henry Paulson have gone public with criticisms of the government. Former ambassadors to China have written distinctly undiplomatic critiques. Academics openly question the self-censorship they had previously accepted as the price of entry into the Middle Kingdom. The downside of mega-billion infrastructure loans from China has begun to dawn on developing countries, and the security risks of buying telecommunications equipment from companies like Huawei and ZTE have slowed their global expansion to a crawl. Even western business people, heretofore blinded to the growing challenges of doing business in China by its massive market, have begun to retreat. Was this disillusionment inevitable, or is it the product of Xi Jinping’s aggressive approach to domestic and foreign affairs? Is this a mere speed bump or a serious setback that will magnify the country’s already serious economic challenges?    

Richard Hornik, Director of Overseas Partnerships at Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy, is a journalist with over 30 years of global experience. He was executive editor of AsiaWeek, and served as Time’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Boston, Beijing and Hong Kong. He co-authored Massacre in Beijing: China’s Struggle for Democracy and has written for Foreign Affairs, Fortune, Smithsonian, The New York Times and Wall St. Journal. He has an M.A. in Russian studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from Brown University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was Journalist-in-Residence at the EWC. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong in 2012 and at UHM in Spring 2015, when he was the inaugural Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar.

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January China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR

Thursday, 10 January, 2019, 12 noon

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Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:

What’s Hot, What Looks Hot, and What’s Not – in China’s IP Development

By

David Ai

China has experienced the fastest rise in intellectual property (IP) development in the world.  Its domestic invention patents now rank #1 worldwide in patent applications.  But the development is not without the froth pushed by government incentives.  This is a forum where we will explore what’s glittering and what is really gold as China continues its impressive gains in technology development.

David is currently Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at University of Hawaii System since 3/2018 after serving as Director of Knowledge Transfer at the City University of Hong Kong (4 years), and managing inventions at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing including its technology marketing in China (6 years).  Previously, David was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and innovation executive, who successfully launched several start-ups, including acquisitions and IPO in China, Japan and US.  He is Cabinet Member and Portfolio Chair at AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers), working to advance academic-industry collaborations worldwide.  David received a BS from National Taiwan University, an MS in computer science (Indiana University), an MBA (Stanford University), and a J.D. (Santa Clara University).  He is a registered patent attorney (California), and an international expert in the diverse area of innovation, law, business, technology, startups and VC investments.

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December China Seminar

CHINA SEMINAR
Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 12 noon
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Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Topic:
Hong Kong v Singapore: The Battle to Become Asia’s Regional Hub for Commercial Dispute Resolution and Restructuring

by

Charles D. Booth

For many years, Hong Kong has viewed itself as the best place in Asia for resolving commercial disputes and restructuring companies. However, the Hong Kong government has been slow to update its outdated legal framework and getting necessary reforms through the Hong Kong Legislative Council is proving increasingly difficult.  Meanwhile, the Singapore government is keenly focused on making Singapore the regional hub for commercial dispute resolution and restructuring. In 2015, Singapore launched the Singapore International Commercial Court and appointed a Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. Since then, Singapore has enacted a major series of reforms to its insolvency and restructuring framework and has launched a full-fledged publicity campaign promoting such changes. Hong Kong now finds itself in catch-up mode. Prof. Booth will share his views on the subject.

Professor Booth is the Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor in Business Law and the Director of the Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law at the UH Law School. He taught at the Law School from 1986-89 and in the Faculty of Law at the Univ. of Hong Kong from 1989 to 2005, before returning to the UH Law School in January 2006. He has co-authored A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (2010), the Hong Kong Corporate Insolvency Manual (4th ed, 2018), and the Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Manual (2nd ed, 2010). He is a recognized expert in Asian comparative and cross-border insolvency and commercial law and has served as a consultant on many projects sponsored by the World Bank, the IMF, and the Asian Development Bank. He is currently engaged in insolvency law reform projects in Laos and Bhutan and in a project organized by the International Insolvency Institute and the Asian Business Law Institute.

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