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Rising China: What It Means for the World

Newspaper accounts and new publications warn us about the decline of American power on the global stage as China continues to expand its global foot print. Indeed, for the first time in more than two centuries, the Euro-American dominance in the world is fading as the economic and geopolitical power of Asia is rising. How should we think about the contemporary power dynamics in Asia in the context of their millennial cultures? What are the implications of this power shift on the global stage? With Howard French, Jiayang Fan and Arthur Kroeber.

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is President Emerita of Asia Society and senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University where she also teaches in the graduate program on Global Thought.

Howard French teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and is the author of Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past helps shape China’s Push for Global Power, Knopf: New York, 2017, China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, Knopf: New York, 2014.

Jiayang Fan, Staff Writer, The New Yorker, writes frequently on China, U.S.-China Relations and Chinese American issues.

Arthur R. Kroeber is founding partner and head of research at Gavekal Dragonomics, a China-focused economic research consultancy with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. He also edits the firm's flagship publication, China Economic Quarterly. Before founding Dragonomics in 2002, he worked for 15 years as a financial and economic journalist in China and other Asian countries. His book China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know is forthcoming from Oxford University Press (2016).

About the series:

Asia in the World: Geocultural Conversations with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

In this four part conversation series, Dr. Vishakha N. Desai brings together scholars, writers, artists and activists to spark new thinking about rise of Asia and its implications for the world. Designed to explore timely issues from a broader historical and cultural perspectives, the series will focus on rise of China, perceptions and misperceptions of Muslim cultures, issues of rising wealth in Asia, and the role of Asian Americans in redefining cultures.

Asia in the World: Geocultural Conversations with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

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