From tensions in the South China Sea, to international copyright law to tariffs, relations between the U.S. and China, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice presented her assessment of the past and present state of relations between the two countries.
As part of a national live teleconference, about 60 people attended China Town Hall at the Webster University Downtown St. Louis campus Oct. 9. The event was presented by the National Conference on U.S. China Relations, the Confucius Institute of Webster University, the World Affairs Council of St. Louis and Webster University. A second event was hosted locally at UM-St. Louis.
Dr. Rice, who lived for a year in China as a student, said the goal of leaders must be to ensure ongoing dialogue. She noted the ability to talk through incidents and areas of mutual interest is very important. “It’s in everyone’s best interest to have a strong and stable China,” she noted. Discussing current trade disputes, she asserted the current state is not a trade “war” but a set of economic barriers that can hurt both sides. She also said China’s expressed desire to overtake the U.S. in technologies such as AI and quantum computing was not a constructive attitude.
Speaking as a college professor, she said restrictions on travel by students of the two countries was a mistake. She believes that attracting the best and brightest students around the world and allowing them to apply their talents freely is the best way to spur innovation and growth.
At the Webster presentation, Dr. Joan Kaufman of the international master’s program in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in China, discussed the current state of public health in the country, including air quality, smoking prevalence and the impacts of the now-rescinded one-child policy.
Join us Oct. 9 for a national teleconference with Dr. Condoleezza Rice as well as an internationally recognized expert on China’s public health and demographic challenges. The free event is hosted by the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, Webster University, University of Missouri Department of International Studies and Programs, the Confucius Institute and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. Reception immediately prior to the teleconference, followed by Q&A and a local lecturer.
A NATIONAL VIDEOCONFERENCE FEATURING DR. CONDOLEEZZA RICE Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor
When Tuesday, October 9, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm
Webcast begins at 5:00 pm with Q&A after
Where: Two Locations Webster University, Downtown STL-Arcade Bldg.
812 Olive Street, First Floor, St. Louis MO 63101-1504
University of Missouri -St. Louis
Student Government Association Chamber
Millennium Student Center
Parking Permit required, call
LOCAL LECTURER (UMSL): JOEL GLASSMAN, Associate Provost Dr. Glassman is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a specialist in Chinese politics and U.S. relations with East Asia. He will deliver a short presentation about China’s changing role in the global system following Dr. Rice’s webcast.
LOCAL LECTURER (WEBSTER U): JOAN KAUFMAN, PROFESSOR
Joan Kaufman is the Director for Academics at Schwarzman Scholars, a newly launched elite international master’s program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in China inspired by the Rhodes Scholars program at Oxford University in the U.K. An expert on both China and global health policy, she was the Director of Columbia University’s Global Center for East Asia (Beijing) from 2012-2016 and Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Register to attend this FREE event at Webster University in Downtown St. Louis here!
To register to attend at UMSL and get a parking pass, click here or call 314-516-7299.
In this noncredit class, you will learn common phrases and scenarios of business in China. Ten topics will be introduced, which include self-introduction, asking for directions, taking transportations, visiting a Chinese family, dining in a restaurant with your business partners, etc.
The class will be sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Webster University and World Affairs Council of St. Louis, instructed by professors from Beijing Language and Culture University. Additionally, five of the classes will feature guest speakers who can offer further insight into China’s business, society and culture.
Non-credit class: Beginning Chinese for business
Schedule: September 11, 2018 – November 15, 2018. 10 weeks, 10 classes.
Time: Every Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Arcade Building, Classroom TBD
Address: 812 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63101
Material fee: $80 (Other cost covered by the Confucius Institute at Webster University)