Presented by Dr. Xiaowen Zhang, Political Science, Augustana College
Although it is predicted by many that China’s GDP will surpass that of the U.S. around 2020, there are obvious signs of slowing down of Chinese economy. As a matter of fact, the 6.9% GDP growth rate of 2015 has been the lowest in 25 years. Meanwhile, the anti-corruption campaign led by current Communist leader Xi Jinping, together with the terrible air pollution in urban China have led the public to question the effectiveness and even the legitimacy of Chinese political system. In an era when the international community is undergoing so many changes and uncertainties (Brexit, US presidential election, and lasting conflicts in the Middle East), is China willing and able to play the role of a responsible major player in the world? Just returning from a 5-week study abroad program in China, during which the speaker travels together with 80 Augustana College students extensively in China, Dr. Xiaowen Zhang will present her observations of the most up-to-date challenges that China faces today, both domestically and internationally. In addition, the speaker will also offer her evaluation of the future of China’s role in the world based on these observations.
Dr. Xiaowen Zhang, Associate Professor of Political Science, Augustana College
Ph.D. in International Relations, University of Southern California
Areas of Professional Interest:
International Relations; Foreign Policies of China; Politics of World Trade
Zhang, Xiaowen (April 2015). “The Reemerging Concern over Urban Air Pollution in China: Great Opportunities for Environmental Civil Society?” Presented to the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
Guest panelist, (November 18, 2014). China’s Response to the US “Pivot to Asia”: A new Strategic Balance? St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA.
Zhang, Xiaowen and Xiaoling Li. (April 2013). “Who Won?—An Evaluation of WTO Dispute: China—Electronic Payment Services.” Presented to the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.
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