February China Seminar

February 10, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. HST

FROM FOOT BINDING TO MIND BINDING:  
Lessons Learned from Six Decades of China Study

featuring 
Dr. Richard Vuylsteke
Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Starting in high school, Richard became increasingly interested in Asia, especially China. Since then, he has held practitioner roles in seven different sectors at various intersections of US-Chinese relations. Rarely interested in being a high-visibility player, he concentrated on trying to be an effective one, focused also on being a catalyst for the success of others. His thoughts on ‘lessons learned’ is an attempt to suggest how to maneuver US-China interactions. 

Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as a Professor on the faculty in January 2022 after serving five years as President of the East-West Center. Prior to the EWC, he spent three decades in Asia, including 18 years as president of American Chambers of Commerce, first in Taipei and then in Hong Kong. He earned his MA and PhD in Western and Asian Social & Political Philosophy from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
 

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.

January China Seminar

January 13, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. HST *Please note, this program will not be recorded and comments by Amb. Moriarty will be considered off-the-record.

THE US AND TAIWAN:
Where are we today and where might we be headed?

featuring
Amb. James Moriarty
Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan

Growing tension across the Taiwan Strait has increasingly focused attention on US policy toward Taiwan.  Jim Moriarty, Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, will discuss recent trends in US-Taiwan relations and where those trends might be leading us. 

James F. Moriarty on October 1, 2016 became Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, the non-profit corporation established by Congress to manage the unofficial relationship between the United States and Taiwan.   

Ambassador (ret.) Moriarty brings to the position decades of experience in Asia, including Taiwan at senior leadership levels in the US government and the private sector. In his US government career, Ambassador Moriarty served as US ambassador to Bangladesh (2008-2011) and Nepal (2004-2007) and as Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director for Asia at the National Security Council (2002-2004), and previously as Director for China Affairs at the National Security Council (2001-2002). He led the political sections at the US Embassy in Beijing (1998-2001) and at the American Institute in Taiwan (1995-1998). Earlier assignments in Ambassador Moriarty’s 36-year State Department career include postings in Taipei and Beijing, as well as work in Washington, D.C., South Asia, and Africa.  

Since retiring from the Foreign Service in 2011, Ambassador Moriarty has worked in the private sector and as an independent consultant. Living in Jakarta in 2013-2014, Ambassador Moriarty set up PROGRESS, a US Government project to build capacity in ASEAN’s political/security and social/cultural communities. From 2016 to 2019, Ambassador Moriarty served as the Country Director for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a coalition of North American importers of ready-made garments working to improve factory safety there.  

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.

December China Seminar

December 9, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. HST

THE PRICE OF PARAMOUNT POWER
Xi Jinping’s position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao comes with costs

featuring
Richard Hornik
Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

The recent Communist Party Central Committee plenum marked the Party’s 100th anniversary by declaring the start of a new era through the elevation of Xi Jinping’s status to that of a seminal leader on a par with Mao Zedong and even above Deng Xiaoping. The accompanying propaganda onslaught has further deepened and broadened the Xi personality cult, while his political machinations seem to have sidelined all possible competitors.

But a leader with supreme power and much-advertised omniscience can find it difficult to deflect responsibility or reverse course when his policies fail. Xi is facing intractable problems – some of his own making – that he will find difficult to address in the yearlong run-up to next year’s Party Congress. How he handles these issues will mark a turning point in China’s crusade, as the Plenum promised, to continue its “…great leap from standing up, getting rich to becoming strong, and realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”

Richard Hornik is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. During his 30-year career in journalism, he served as executive editor of AsiaWeek, News Service director of Time Magazine, and 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, the Harvard Business Review, Smithsonian, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He has an M.A. in Russian Studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from Brown University. He was a Lecturer at Stony Brook University from 2007-19 and was a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong in 2012 and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2015. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The China Seminar was founded by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok 44 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.