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CCCI: Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, G64, Kaufman Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Lecture Series, featuring interdisciplinary talks by scholars on issues in China today, runs every Monday this semester. 

Howard French, Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

"Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power"

Professor French will discuss how patterns of Chinese interactions with nearby cultures throughout the long dynastic era have shaped present-day Chinese reflexes and expectations in dealing with other countries. He will speak, in particular, to the influence of the so-called tribute system, about the impact of modern Chinese nationalism and of a carefully cultivated sense of resentment toward other powers. The talk will conclude with a discussion of how these factors affect US-China relations, and with the author's sense of how great power relations may develop in the next decade or two.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, East Asia Program, Global Cornell





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Howard French

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