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  • Tuesday 8th

    December 2020

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:00 PM

  • Facebook Live

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China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations

The Pell Center will host a discussion on “China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations” with distinguished panel members, Ms. Dorinda Elliott with the China Institute; Dr. Gary Jefferson with Brandeis University; Ambassador Nicholas Platt, president emeritus of the Asia Society and Dr. Lewis Rutherfurd, venture capital investor in Asian markets.  Each panelist will explore a specific area including U.S. / China’s policy both past and present, economy, trade agreement, business and entrepreneurship. Jim Ludes, Pell Center executive director will moderate the discussion.

Dorinda Elliott is SVP, Director of Programs, at China Institute. Previously, Elliott worked at the Paulson Institute, which promotes U.S.-China relations and sustainable growth. Before that, Elliott worked for three decades as a journalist, with a deep background in China. As Newsweek’s Beijing bureau chief, she covered China’s opening up, culminating in the democracy movement of 1989, and later lived in Hong Kong for a decade, traveling and reporting across China.

After a 34-year Foreign Service career, Nicholas Platt served for twelve years at the helm of the Asia Society. He is an Asia hand, a China specialist, and three-time US Ambassador, serving in Zambia, the Philippines, and Pakistan. A graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins SAIS, he accompanied President Nixon on the historic trip to Beijing in 1972. He travels to China regularly to lecture, teach and observe. He is the Senior Advisor on China program for the Philadelphia Orchestra. His memoir “China Boys” was published in 2010.

A graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Yale University (Ph.D.), Gary Jefferson teaches at Brandeis University and has published widely about institutions, technology, economic growth, and China’s economy. Professor Jefferson has lived in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Wuhan, China and often returns to China for conferences and research collaborations with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the National Bureau of Statistics, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Dr. Lewis Rutherfurd is a Harvard-educated financier who co-founded Asia’s oldest and longest continuously operating venture capital management company, Inter-Asia Management Company, which was awarded for continued excellence in venture capital in Asia by the Asian Venture Capital Journal. Most recently, he co-taught corporate consulting courses and entrepreneur selection at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. With over fifty years of investment and finance experience in China and Asian markets, Dr. Rutherfurd serves as a consultant and member of the Pell Center advisory board.

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