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  • Speaker | 19 June, 2018

    US-China Trade and Technology Wars: Logic and Emotions

    Threats of punitive tariffs and restrictions on foreign investment currently dominate the news on US-China economic relations.  The repercussions have worldwide implications.  Is the recent agreement to put on hold threats of punitive tariffs a sustainable outcome? What are the origins of the current tensions and to what extent is it being driven by logic or emotions?


    Yukon Huang is currently a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C. He was formerly the World Bank’s Country Director for China. He is an advisor to the World Bank, ADB, AIIB and various governments and corporations. His research focuses on China’s economy and its regional and global impact. Dr. Huang has published widely on development issues in professional journals and the public media. He is a featured commentator for the Financial Times on China and his articles are seen frequently in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, Foreign Affairs, National Interest and Caixin. His latest book Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Is Wisdom Is Wrong was published by Oxford University Press (2017). He has a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA from Yale University.

    | 13 June, 2018

    Japanese Counterculture as an Alternative Model for China’s Path Forward?

    Andy Couturier has looked deep into the future of the most advanced economy on this planet. Japan is the most urbanized nation with over 96% of its population perched into cities and a consumer saturation which can hardly be matched by any other market. Sadly, it is also a society suffering from an epidemic of elderly loneliness and one of the highest suicide rates on this globe. Join Andy to discuss what we can learn from the Japanese counterculture movement of living in rural self-sufficiency. He shows with ten case studies that an abundance in well-being opens up through a deliberate choice of less despite the omnipresent availability of material affluence. Find out more here: https://taol.greeninitiatives.cn/ 

    Andy Couturier is the American author of two books, Writing Open the Mind: Tapping the Subconscious to Free the Writing and The Abundance of Less. He is the director of The Opening, a school for creative writing. His essays and articles on ecology, sustainable living, nuclear power have appeared in The Japan Times, The North American Review, Kyoto Journal, The Oakland Tribune.