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2013 has been a year in which the 21st Century China Program took off. We presented a lively and well-attended public lecture series locally that engaged public interest in China, inaugurated the Ellsworth Memorial Lecture in March, held three salon events and a summer social for our community supporters, and organized two successful international conferences with our Chinese partners.
The university now has the strongest team of scholars on contemporary China in the country. Three top-notch faculty were hired this year: Ruixue Jia in Chinese political economy, Karl Gerth in modern Chinese history and Molly Roberts in Chinese politics. Thanks to our Founders and supporters, the program received significant funding for research and programmatic activities. And a new multi-year grant was awarded from the Carnegie Corporation for collaborative research with Chinese scholars.
We continued to work closely with the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China to launch the inaugural UC-Fudan conference. In addition, we welcomed scholars from Fudan University to campus, including a visit from Fudan's president, and hosted a regular lunchtime workshop series featuring new research by advanced graduate students and visiting scholars.

In cooperation with the Asia Society, we are driving a joint IR/PS-Scripps Institution of Oceanography effort with the office of California Governor Jerry Brown to establish cooperative projects on air pollution and climate change with Chinese provinces.
Looking ahead to winter quarter in 2014, we want to highlight four not-to-miss public events: a talk by Jorge Guajardo, former Mexico ambassador to China, on "Is China the Next Mexico?" as part of a China-Mexico-U.S. conference; a forum featuring IR/PS professors Barry Naughton, Victor Shih, Susan Shirk and China's leading economist Wu Jinglian on China's recently announced reform blueprint; a talk by Charles Zhang, a Chinese Internet pioneer who is CEO of Sohu and upcoming EmPac Fellow; and a talk by Orville Schell, a noted China scholar and director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, on his new book "Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century."
We have multiple other activities that range from young scholars' research presentations to joint conferences on China-Mexico trade and investment, and China-Japan relations. See the list below and be sure to register early.
In closing, we send our warmest holiday greetings and thank you for your generous support in the past year.

Best regards,

Susan Shirk
Chair, 21st Century China Program
IR/PS, UC San Diego

Lei Guang
Director, 21st Century China Program 
IR/PS, UC San Diego

"The Bridge Between Academia and Policy"
Now in his sixth year at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), Assistant Professor Junjie Zhang has played a quiet but solid role in keeping the School's 21st Century China Program an active, vibrant and leading research institution at UC San Diego.
Upcoming Public Events
"Globalization, Bureaucrats and Local Industrial Upgrading in China"
Thursday, January 9, 2014 | Register Here
Speaker: Ling Chen, Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

"Is China the Next Mexico?"
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | Register Here
Speaker: Jorge Guajardo, former Mexico ambassador to China

"Power and its Use in Chinese Foreign Policy"
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | Register Here
Speaker: Chen Zhimin, Dean of School of International Relations and Public Administration, Fudan University

"Navigating the Next Round of Reform in China"
Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Register Here
Panelists: IR/PS Professors Barry Naughton, Victor Shih and Susan Shirk, and Wu Jinglian, Senior Researcher China State Council Development Research Center

EmPac Fellow: Dr. Charles Zhang
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Save the Date
Speaker: Charles Zhang, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sohu

"Suing Polluters in China"
Monday, February 10, 2014 | Register Here
Speaker: Rachel E. Stern, UC Berkeley
Dean's Roundtable: Orville Schell
Thursday, February 13, 2014 | Save the Date
Speaker: Orville Schell, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations Director

"Changes in Global Manufacturing: China, U.S. and Emerging Economies"
Friday, February 28, 2014 | Register Here
The China-U.S. Economic Forum on global economic transformation is an annual event organized by the Fudan-UC Center and 21st Century China Program, and jointly hosted by Fudan University's Fudan Development Institute in China and IR/PS in the United States.
"China-Japan Relations: From Maritime Dispute to Textbook Controversy"
Friday, March 7, 2014 | Register Here
Over 10 Chinese, Japanese and United States experts on China and Japan will meet to discuss the history and current state of Sino-Japanese relations in light of the ongoing maritime dispute and rising nationalism in both countries.
"Political Effects of Rumors and Rumor Rebuttals in China"
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Register Here
Speaker: Haifeng Huang, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UC Merced 
Guest Speaker Profiles
Wu Jinglian 
Recently, IR/PS Professor Barry Naughton edited a book of writings by Mr. Wu Jinglian titled "Wu Jinglian: Voice of Reform in China." This is how Naughton introduced him: "Wu Jinglian has been widely regarded as China's most celebrated and influential economist. In the late 1970s, Wu (b. 1930) was one of a small group of economic thinkers who broke with Marxist concepts and learned the principles of a market economy. Since then he has been at the center of economic reform in China, moving seamlessly as an 'insider outsider' between academic and policy roles. In recent years, Wu has emerged as a prominent public intellectual fighting not just for market reform but also for a democratic society backed by the rule of law."


Charles Zhang

Charles Zhang is an Internet pioneer in China. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sohu, as well as a founding supporter of the 21st Century China Program. He graduated from Tsinghua University and has a Ph.D. in experimental physics from MIT. As early as 1998, Dr. Zhang was named by Time Digital as one of the world's top 50 digital elite. He has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow and one of 25 global E-biz CEOs by BusinessWeek. In the area of public service, Dr. Zhang co-led an executive delegation to support Beijing's successful 2008 Olympic bid. Additionally, he led Sohu's efforts in winning the Internet content service sponsorship role for the Beijing Olympic Games. 

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Program founding supporters include prominent individuals from the U.S. and China. Through leadership gifts starting in 2012, they continue to support our commitment to developing the program into a world-class research center and thought-leader on China and U.S.-China relations.
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Salon Series
Salon events are designed to bring candid discussions about China directly to our supporters. In 2013, we featured three Chinese experts on the future of China's political evolution, relations between China, Japan and North Korea, and the state of public-interest law and civil society in China.
Faculty in the News
21st Century China Program faculty frequently appear in the media for interviews, comment, discussion and opinion pieces. 
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Susan Shirk on PBS NewsHour discussing calming tensions between Japan and China.
A major goal of the Program is to promote original, timely and policy-relevant research. Many large-scale studies are currently underway, including Tai Ming Cheung's multi-year research project studying innovation and technology. 
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China Focus
China Focus is an online magazine and scholarly forum dedicated to U.S.-China relations. It is run by IR/PS students and published by the China Program. Its mission is to provide the context for understanding China, China's role in the world, and U.S.-China relations.
Visiting Scholars
Shaoqing Huang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
While in residence, Huang will engage in a research project on "The Dynamics of Industrial Structure in a Nation: from the Perspective of Technological & Institutional Innovation."
China Research Workshops

This interdisciplinary workshop series features new academic research by visiting scholars, graduate students and special guests. It is co-sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

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