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China’s growing diplomatic influence

 

Former diplomat to talk about Sino-American relations today

 

 TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 6, 2008)—Richard Bush, former diplomat and current senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will explain why China today has more diplomatic influence than it has enjoyed in two centuries, in his talk, “The Revival of China as a Great Power and What It Means for the United States.”

Bush will speak on Monday, November 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Burkshire Marriott, 10 W. Burke Ave, Towson, Md., 21204. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free at the Burkshire Marriott.

Americans perceive China’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military power as a threat and as an opportunity.  By some measures, China’s economy is the second largest in the world, and may pass the United States in this century.  China has become one of America’s most important economic partners.  Beijing’s military budget has grown dramatically over the past decade, often increasing by more than 15 percent each year. 

More than simply a threat to United States interests, however, China could be a force for regional or global stability. These developments give China more diplomatic influence than it has enjoyed in two centuries, although Beijing is both a competitor and supporter of American initiatives.

“The Revival of China as a Great Power and What It Means for the United States” is the first in a three-year series of speeches and conferences organized by Steven Phillips, Martha A. Mitten Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Towson University.

“This project is designed to encourage a dialogue about China at TU and in the wider community,” says Phillips. “Through a series of events, we will introduce a variety of perspectives on China’s economic, political, cultural and military rise that will highlight how a rapidly changing China impacts American citizens.”

Established through a bequest from Martha A. Mitten, the Mitten professorship reflects the values of the College of Liberal Arts through an emphasis on highly effective teaching, engaged and productive scholarship, and positive contributions to the broader experience of students within the college and the community.

                                                                   

 


 

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