October China Seminar

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 2:00PM HST *Please note start time is not 12PM | Live via Zoom

The 20th Party Congress and
Xi Jinping’s Politics in a Command Economy

featuring
Dexter Tiff Roberts
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

As the Chinese Communist Party prepares for its big meeting in Beijing, Xi Jinping shows no sign of backing away from his heavy-handed pursuit of Zero COVID or statist vision for China’s future. At the same time, a host of challenges including soaring youth unemployment, cash-strapped and leveraged local governments, and an economy in decline, are testing China and could derail Xi Jinping’s ambitious plans. 

Dexter Tiff Roberts is a writer and speaker who serves as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, and teaches politics at the University of Montana. Previously he was China bureau chief at Bloomberg Businessweek.

He has a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford University, a master’s of international affairs from Columbia University, and studied Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University. Roberts’ first book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, was an Economist “best book of the year” for 2020. He publishes a weekly newsletter Trade War on Chinese business and politics.


The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.

September China Seminar

Thursday, September 8, 2022

CHINA & GEOPOLITICS IN OCEANIA

featuring
Dr. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka
Associate Professor
Department of Pacific Islands Studies
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Oceania has become the site of increasing geopolitical competition between China and the US and its allies. In the past decade, China’s influence in the Pacific Islands has increased dramatically. Western countries are pushing back. Meanwhile, Pacific Island countries attempt to make sense of these renewed interests and negotiate relationships in an era of intense geopolitical competition. This talk will examine China’s rising influence, Western reactions, and Pacific Islands responses. 

Dr. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He earned his PhD from the Australian National University and undergraduate and MA degrees from the University of the South Pacific (USP). In recent years, his research and publications focus on geopolitics, especially China’s growing influence in Oceania. Dr. Kabutaulaka is from the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.


The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.

May China Seminar

Thursday, May 12, 2022

RED CARPET:
How China Came to Rule Over Hollywood

featuring
Erich Schwartzel
Author, Red Carpet: How Hollywood, China,
and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy
Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Competition between the United States and China dominates the foreign policy landscape, from trade to technology to military might. But this battle for global influence is also playing out in a strange and unexpected arena: the movies.
 
In recent decades, as China has grown into a giant in the international economy, it has become a crucial source of revenue for the American film industry. Hollywood studios are now bending over backward to make movies that will appeal to China’s citizens—and gain approval from severe Communist Party censors. At the same time, and with America’s unwitting help, China has built its own film industry into an essential arm of its plan to export its national agenda to the rest of the world. The competition between these two movie businesses is a Cold War for this century, a clash that determines whether democratic or authoritarian values will be broadcast most powerfully around the world. Red Carpet author Erich Schwartzel will explain the latest battleground in the tense and complex rivalry between these two world powers in the film industry.


The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 45 years ago. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends. Topics include politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. Though Dr. Kwok has recently retired from his involvement with the program, the FEWC and the East-West Center remain committed to continuing this important program.