China Seminar – Megalopolis Powerhouse in the Making – South China’s Big Bay Area


Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Megalopolis Powerhouse in the Making – South China’s Big Bay Area

Richard R. Vuylsteke

The construction of the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Big Bay Area has tremendous significance for South China’s economic development. The emerging connectivity in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) by road, rail, and waterways is setting the scene for the emergence of a unique megalopolis – an economic, intellectual, and innovative powerhouse unmatched elsewhere. The Big Bay Area is where the action is as China develops innovative service industries, advanced manufacturing, international brands with plenty of “foreign direct expertise” investment in the region.

Dr. Richard Vuylsteke is the President of the East-West Center. His former positions include president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Taipei; editor-in-chief of the Taiwan Review; area studies coordinator at the Chinese Language and Area Studies (CLASS) Foreign Service Institute school in Taipei; research fellow in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; as well as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Rajasthan, India. He received his MA and PhD from University of Hawaii at Manoa, specializing in Western and Chinese political philosophy. His areas of expertise include: strategic and operational leadership of multicultural organizations, Asia-Pacific business and trade, Asian and Western history and philosophy.

  • The seminar is $20.00 for Friends of the East-West Center members, EWC and UH students and $25.00 for non-members with luncheon served after the talk. Payment may be made in advance or at the door. Checks should be made payable to Friends of the East-West Center.  Seating is first-come, first-served at the Maple Garden Restaurant.

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Policy Change Announcement
As we announced at this past May session, starting with the September 14 session, we are returning to the original China Seminar practice of not having head tables, making every table a head table.  All seats are first come first served except those reserved for the speakers and people with special needs, e.g. vegetarians and wheelchairs.  Please make sure to let us know ahead of time if you have special needs.  Thank you for your kokua!

China Seminar — The Evolution of China’s “Informatization” Policy: From Village Phones to Cyber Sovereignty

Friends of the East-West Center cordially invites you to Spring 2017 sessions of the


Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12 noon

Maple Garden Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

The Evolution of China’s “Informatization” Policy: From Village Phones to Cyber Sovereignty

Richard D. Taylor

What are China’s plans for Cyberspace? This talk will discuss how Chinese Cyber-policy has evolved, what it currently embraces, and where the Chinese government hopes it will be going. The concept of “Informatization” embraces all aspects of national information technology development, implementation and use. While to an outsider it might look easy for a strong central government to implement a well organized and balanced national plan, the reality has been much more complex. Seized with the importance of the geopolitical implications of Cyberspace, President Xi Jinping has set forth policies, and sought allies, for a Chinese vision of a globally governed Cyberspace whose policies are set by sovereign governments, particularly with respect to content management and cyber security.

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