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  • Speaker | 29 October, 2014

    Northeast Asia in flux: A view from Korea

    Has Beijing shifted its Korea policy from North to South? Why don’t Xi and Kim get along? Is Kim, back from his 40 day retreat, really in control? What is Pyongyang’s playbook– is the recent charm offensive for real? How will President Park Geun-hye in Seoul respond to the overtures from the North? Are we on the cusp of new, friendlier chapter in inter-Korean relations? How about the North Korea-Japan deal to resolve the ‘abduction’ issue? If it goes through, what will North Korea get? Can Abe and Kim sell it domestically? And where do all these developments and potential breakthroughs leave the U.S. and its ‘pivot’ to Asia?

    DATE: Oct 29 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 3:30-5pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, Sanlitun Dongwu Jie 1
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door for non-members. Only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/29102014/

    John Delury
    is an assistant professor of Chinese and East Asian studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (Random House, 2013). He studied at Yale for his BA and returned to work under Jonathan Spence for a PhD on modern Chinese history. He taught Chinese history and politics at Brown, Columbia, and Peking Universities, and was founding associate director of Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations in New York. He follows Korean Peninsula affairs closely, having lived in South Korea since 2010, and visited North Korea four times in the past five years, most recently with the delegation led by Google’s Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Global Asia and 38 North, as well as scholarly journals in Chinese studies and Northeast Asian affairs, and his commentary appears frequently in the press. He is a senior fellow at the Asia Society, term member of the Council of Foreign Relations, member of the National Committee on North Korea, and was recently selected for the National Committee on US-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program.

    Speaker | 24 October, 2014

    Where the iPhone is made

    Manufacturing is increasingly fragmented, with supply chains criss-crossing national borders, especially in Asia. As some countries do the precision tasks and others are stuck with low-margin assembly work, the gains are not evenly shared. What can government and business do to benefit most from the global value chains behind products like the iPhone 6 and iWatch? Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist Asian Development Bank, will discuss these questions, as well as sharing the ADB’s latest assessment of the outlook for the region’s major economies.

    DATE: Oct 24 (Friday)
    TIME: 11:15am-12:45pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Sweden 3, Dongzhimenwai Dajie
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB at the door for non-members
    REGISTRATION: online at www.fccchina.org/events/24102014

    Shang-Jin Wei is the Chief Economist of the Asian Development  Bank, and chief spokesperson for ADB on economic  and development trends. He was born in the People’s Republic of China and is now a national of the United States. Before joining the ADB he held positions at Columbia University, the International Monetary Fund and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Mr. Wei earned a PhD in Economics and a Master’s  degree in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University; and a Bachelor’s degree in the World Economy from Fudan University in China.