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  • Speaker | 20 June, 2019

    US-China Trade – Conflict and Collateral Damage

    US companies are beginning to feel increasing collateral damage as U.S.-China relations become more volatile, tech tensions mount, and both countries settle in for what may become a protracted trade conflict. Please join a discussion with US-China Business Council President, Craig Allen, as he discusses expectations for the bilateral relationship and how American business in China will be affected.

    Craig Allen became president of the US-China Business Council in July 2018. Allen has nearly 30 years of experience in Asia, where he served most recently as US Ambassador to Brunei. In 2010, Allen became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, and was later promoted to Deputy Assistant Secretary for China. Allen received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985. While at Georgetown, Allen worked for the U.S. Congress on issues associated with technology transfer to China. In total, Allen has lived in Asia for 27 years, including 16 years in Japan and approximately 11 years in China and Taiwan. He has visited every country in Asia except Laos, North Korea and Bhutan.

    DATE: (Thursday) 20 June, 3.30-5pm
    LOCATION: Beijing American Centre, US Embassy, Anjialou, Sanyuanqiao
    RSVP: www.fccchina.org/events/allen20190620/

    Speaker | 10 June, 2019

    De-Americanizing Soft Power?

    Defined by Harvard Professor Joseph Nye as ‘the ability to attract people to our side without coercion’, the notion of soft power has acquired global currency and is routinely used in policy and academic literature, as well as in elite journalism. The capacity of nations to make themselves attractive in a globalizing marketplace of ideas has become an important aspect of contemporary international relations, as has been the goal of communicating a favorable image of a country or countering negative portrayals in an era of digital global flows. While Nye’s focus has been primarily on the United States, this talk will suggest that the concept of soft power needs to be broadened to encompass such reemerging ‘civilizational’ powers as China and India, arguing for the de-Americanization of the discourse on soft power.


    Daya Thussu is Disney Chair in Global Media and Distinguished Faculty Visiting Professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. For many years he was Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London. Among his many publications is Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (Sage, 2016).