China's Growing Sharp Power: Western, Asian, and African Perspectives

China's Growing Sharp Power: Western, Asian, and African Perspectives

  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
   David Brower Center (Off Campus)

A group of leading experts on China and American foreign policy recently released “Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” a report documenting Chinese efforts to influence American society. The report examines China's efforts to influence American institutions, including state and local governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and the Chinese-American community, and differentiates between legitimate efforts--like public diplomacy--and improper interference, which demands greater awareness and a calibrated response. The report also includes perspectives from other countries, including those in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

On Friday, April 19, contributors to the report, including co-editors Larry Diamond and Orville Schell, and outside experts will gather at UC Berkeley to compare and discuss the forms and effects of Chinese “sharp power” across Western, Asian, and African countries.

The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Korean Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of European Studies, Canadian Studies Program, Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Center for African Studies.


Western Country Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Larry Diamond, Stanford University
Canada: Paul Evans, University of British Columbia
Czech Republic: Martin Hala, Charles University and AcaMedia
France/EU: Mathieu Duchatel, Institut Montaigne
New Zealand: Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury
United States: Larry Diamond, Stanford University

Asian Country Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Kevin O'Brien, UC Berkeley
Southeast Asia: Andrew Mertha, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Japan: Yoshihide Soeya, Keio University
Korea: See-won Byun, San Francisco State University
South Asia: Tanvi Madan, The Brookings Institution
Taiwan: Kwei-Bo Huang, National Chengchi University

African Country Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Mariane Ferme, UC Berkeley
Historical Context: Jamie Monson, Michigan State University
Human Capital Investments: Lina Benabdallah, Wake Forest University
Sub-Saharan Africa: W. Gyude Moore, Center for Global Development
Zambia: Ching Kwan Lee, University of California, LA

Wrap-up Panel
Moderator: Orville Schell, Asia Society
John Pomfret, former Washington Post Bureau Chief
Orville Schell, Asia Society
Yawei Liu, Carter Center