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Date(s) - 02/24/2016
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Sid Richardson Hall

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China and the Developing World

Wednesday, February 24 at 12:15pm to 2:00pm

Sid Richardson Hall (SRH), 3.122 2300 RED RIVER ST., Austin, Texas 78712

This panel discussion, part of the Center for East Asian Studies and the Robert Strauss Center’s ongoing China Speaker Series, will address different ways in which China is interacting with the developing world, including its “one belt, one road” policy, its involvement in Africa, and its engagement in development projects globally.

Beijing’s relations with the developing world have seen a renaissance in recent years. China has concluded scores of agreements for energy and other resources with developing states in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Chinese businesses have awoken to the trade, investment, and market opportunities of these less-developed regions. Chinese leaders are spending more and more time visiting and hosting counterparts from these regions to build personal relationships and discuss cooperation in areas of mutual interest. Government-sponsored infrastructure development, language schools, educational exchanges, and other forms of aid and assistance have increased China’s “soft power” influence in many areas. Eager to demonstrate its commitment to multilateralism and reduce concerns about its growing strength, Beijing now engages energetically in regional fora and has even created some of its own. Meanwhile, China’s leaders have also continued to cultivate bilateral ties, signing formal “strategic partnerships” and bettering military-to-military ties with key states throughout the developing world.

Today, China faces difficult choices, and how it decides between competing priorities will determine its role in the future world order. As China’s economic, diplomatic, and military strength grows, so will its capacity to act on the world stage—including in areas of the developing world that were once thought to be too far afield. China’s relations with developing countries reveal the capabilities and resources it uses to advance its interests. As China has emerged as a donor and/or lender to developing countries it has begun to challenge traditional practices of international development. What does this mean for developing countries, traditional donors’ lending practices, and for China’s bilateral relations with these countries?

This event is free and open to the public.

Ambassador David Shinn received his BA (1963), MA (1964), and PhD (1980) from George Washington University. He has a certificate in African studies from Northwestern University. He served for thirty-seven years in the US Foreign Service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, Sudan and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. He has been teaching in the Elliott School since 2001 and serves on a number of boards of nongovernmental organizations.

An expert on the Horn of Africa, Dr. Shinn speaks at events around the world. He is the coauthor of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, the Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research interests include China-Africa relations, East Africa and the Horn, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, conflict situations, U.S. policy in Africa, and the African brain drain.

Suisheng Zhao is a professor of Chinese politics and foreign policy at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He serves as director of the school’s Center for China–US Cooperation, and is the founding editor and the editor-in-chief of the multidisciplinary Journal of Contemporary China.

Prior to arriving at the University of Denver, Zhao was an associate professor of political science at Washington College and an associate professor of East Asian politics at Colby College. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Beijing University, and subsequently completed a second master’s degree in sociology from the University of Missouri. Zhao earned his PhD in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Nadège Rolland is Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, where she directs NBR’s new projects that bring in European perspectives and interests, including projects in the area of “new trilateralism.” Prior to joining NBR, Ms. Rolland served as senior adviser to the French Ministry of Defense and was responsible for analyzing diplomatic, military, and domestic political developments across the region.

From 2008 to 2014 Ms. Rolland served as Desk Officer for China and Adviser on Northeast Asia in the Ministry of Defense’s Directorate for Strategic Affairs. In these positions she wrote reports for the defense minister and other senior government officials, coordinated inter-agency policy reviews, and directed an external research program on a wide range of topics, including China’s military modernization, diplomatic strategy, leadership dynamics, and treatment of ethnic minorities; the domestic politics and defense policies of Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia; maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas; and Europe’s evolving role in Asia.

From 2005 to 2008 Ms. Rolland lived and worked in Singapore, first as a graduate student and then as research analyst in the China Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. From 2003 to 2005 she was a senior analyst of Asia-Pacific affairs at the French Defense Ministry’s Directorate for Strategy. Between 1994 and 1998 she worked in the Ministry as a China analyst.

In June 2007 Ms. Rolland received a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. She graduated first in her class, receiving the UOB Gold Medal Award for the most outstanding student and an A+ for her dissertation on China’s naval ambitions and their implications for regional security. She holds a Diplôme Supérieur on Contemporary Asia and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese language with distinction from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. Ms. Rolland speaks and reads Mandarin. She is fluent in English and has knowledge of Italian and Serbo-Croat.

Louisa Greve is Vice President for Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Global Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she previously served as Director for East Asia, Senior Program Officer, and Program Officer. She has studied, worked, and travelled in Asia since 1980 and has testified before Congressional committees on human rights in China and democracy promotion in Asia. She was a member of the AEI/Armitage International Taiwan Policy Working Group (2007) and the Council on Foreign Relations Term Member Roundtable on U.S. National Security – New Threats in a Changing World (2002).

Ms. Greve served as a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1993 to 1998, and was a volunteer China and Mongolia specialist for Amnesty from 1990 to 1999. She served two terms as a member of the Virginia State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2007-2011).