October China Seminar

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 12 noon
Maple Garden Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street, Honolulu

Shifting Sands and Stormy Seas: China’s “One Belt-One Road” (一带一路): OBOR

Jim Corcoran

OBOR is China’s $5 Trillion, multi-decade, infrastructure spending spree that spans 60-plus countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa designed to increase connectivity between those continents to enhance trade flows and spur long-term regional economic growth and development, benefiting all those involved. OBOR consists of a land route with six branches (“One Belt”) running from inner China to Northern Europe and a sea route (“One Road”) connecting the port of Shanghai ultimately with the end point of the land-based route in Venice, via India and Africa. Much of this massive project such as the China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC) is already in place and operating. OBOR is one of President XI Jinping’s pet projects. But, do risk-prone nations, questionable economics, political differences, and other factors challenge the success of China’s move for access and influence over that vast area to its west?

Jim Corcoran received his Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History and MA in Asian Studies from UHM. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a retired U.S. Army Colonel, Dr. Corcoran is a history professor at HPU where he also teaches International (Asian) Studies. He has lived, studied, and served in China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Bangladesh, and Indonesia; and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute (Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia). Over the years, he has researched and written on Asian security issues, papers on China, Asia, and military history, and on issues involving security, strategy, and history of Asia relating to war, conflict resolution and diplomacy. His stay in China earlier this year revealed the great “buzz” OBOR is creating across the social, political, economic, and military spectrums.

• 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.

• Please return the form below by mail or email. Reservations must reach us by noon of the day before (October 11). Changes cannot be accommodated thereafter.

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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!