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  • Book Talk | 23 November, 2015

    The comeback of Confucius

    For much of the past 100 years, Confucius was vilified by reformers and revolutionaries in China who believed the old sage was an outdated relic holding the nation back from a new, glorious future. But today, China’s greatest philosopher is experiencing a revival. President Xi Jinping routinely promotes Confucius’s ideas in an attempt to resurrect traditional culture as a bulwark against unwanted, foreign influences. The government is promoting Confucius Institutes around the world, using the sage as a brand in a soft-power campaign. Encouraged, ordinary Chinese are revisiting Confucius’s teachings and traveling to the sage’s hometown of Qufu. The comeback of Confucius is potentially one of the most significant trends in Chinese politics and culture. But is it for real? Can Confucius once again shape Chinese politics and society, as he had in the past? And what would that mean for China’s future?

    DATE: Nov 23 (Monday)
    TIME: 7:30-9pm
    VENUE: The Bookworm
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 50 RMB for non-members, 40 RMB for members of The Bookworm

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Michael Schuman is author of the new book “Confucius and the World He Created”. He is a Beijing-based journalist who writes about Asia and the global economy. His work has appeared on the commentary pages of the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Schuman is also the author of “The Miracle: The Epic Story of Asia’s Quest for Wealth”.

    Speaker | 19 November, 2015

    Cap and Trade: China’s Attempt to Control Emissions

    China’s breakneck industrialization has made it the No. 1 emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. During his recent visit to the US, Chinese president Xi Jinping declared that China would adopt a cap and trade system to reduce its carbon footprint.  It marked a major step forward, but implementing a cap and trade system in China will be tough, due to its imperfect market economy. Please join Tianjin University’s climate change control Professor Zhang Zhongxiang as he reviews the challenges and opportunities China faces in its latest effort to deal with global warming.

    DATE: Nov 19 (Thursday)
    TIME: 3-4:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Denmark, 1 Dong Wu Jie, San Li Tun 100600, Beijing
    ENTRANCE: Free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members
    RESERVATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/19112015/

    In addition to being a distinguished professor at the Tianjin University College of Management and Economics, Zhang Zhongxiang has served as the China country representative at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is a fellow at the Asia and Pacific Policy Society, Australia. He is the editor of several important scholarly journals and has authored numerous books and articles on the economics of climate control.