Friday night keynote
David Shambaugh (沈大伟) is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He has visited or lived in China every year since 1979 and has traveled extensively throughout Asia. Since 1996 he has been Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University. Prior to that he was Reader in Chinese Politics and Editor of The China Quarterly at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). His other academic appointments include beign a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Institute of World Economics & Politics, and being a Distinguished Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). Professor Shambaugh is also a consultant to the U.S. Government, corporations and investment institutions, and private NGOs. He is also a frequent commentator concerning China in the international media. During his career he has published more than 30 books and 300 articles. His most recent books are China's Future (Polity Press, 2016) and The China Reader: Rising Power (Oxford University Press, 2016). His last book, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, was recognized as one of the "Best Books of the Year (2013)" by The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Bloomberg Press.
saturday morning keynote
Julia Chang Bloch is the first Asian American in US history to hold the rank of ambassador and currently serves as the founding president of US-China Education Trust (USCET). Ambassador Bloch enjoyed more than 25 years of service in international affairs and government, beginning as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and rising to become US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989. She has also worked at the US Agency for International Development in two US presidential appointments, and in positions for the U.S. Senate, the US Information Agency and at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Center for International Affairs. In 1993, Ambassador Bloch joined the Bank of America as group executive vice president and three years later she was named president and CEO of the United States-Japan Foundation. In 1998, she became a visiting professor at Peking University’s Institute for International Relations and served as executive vice chairman of the university’s American Studies Center, before affiliating with Fudan University in Shanghai. She founded USCET in 1998 with the vision of strengthening US-China relations through education and exchange. Born in China, Ambassador Bloch moved to San Francisco at age nine. She holds a BA in Communications and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master's in Government and East Asia Regional Studies from Harvard University; and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Northeastern University.
saturday morning panel
Liz Carter is a Senior Chinese translator at AECOM and a writer for the LA Review of Books China Blog. Prior to her position at AECOM, she was the Assistant Editor at Tea Leaf Nation, now a part of the Foreign Policy Group. Formerly a translator for China Digital Times, she helped co-author their new e-book, Grass-mud Horse Lexicon: Classical Netizen Language, and has written and translated a number of textbooks published by China’s Foreign Languages Press. Carter is also the author of the recently published book Let 100 Voices Speak: How the Internet is Transforming China and Changing Everything, and she is currently working on her second book. Her articles have appeared in The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, and she has appeared on PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera, and HuffPost Live to speak about the latest developments in China. Before moving to Washington, D.C., where she is currently based, Carter lived for a number of years in Beijing, China, where she worked for PR Newswire Asia and studied contemporary Chinese literature at Peking University. She tweets prolifically (@withoutdoing), sharing fun Chinese language tidbits and phrases that aren’t always taught in class.
Jeremy Goldkorn is the Founder and Director of Danwei, a research firm that tracks Chinese media and Internet. Danwei has been publishing a popular website about Chinese media since 2003. After moving to China in 1995, Goldkorn lived in a workers dormitory, started and managed several magazines and a design firm, and rode a bicycle across Xinjiang and Tibet. He has written for publications as diverse as China Economic Quarterly, Cosmopolitan’s China edition (时尚杂志), and The Guardian. He is an Affiliate of the Australian Centre on China in the World and a Co-Editor of the China Story Yearbook. He is co-host of the Sinica podcast. Goldkorn’s writing, public speaking, and podcasting activities cover a range of subjects from media regulation, Internet business, censorship, and the habits of Chinese Internet users, to Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall, and Chinese consumer culture. Goldkorn was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He currently lives in Nashville, Tenn.
saturday night keynote
Jim Sasser has spent more than a quarter-century in public life, as a Senator from Tennessee, Ambassador of the United States to the People’s Republic of China, educator, and as one of the leading commentators on Sino-US relations and the inner workings of the U.S. Senate. During his time in Beijing from 1996-1999, he played a pivotal role in strengthening Sino-U.S. relations, developing close working relationships with President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji and the next generation of Chinese leaders. Sasser currently provides strategic advice to leading US and China companies serving as a senior advisor to the FedEx Corporation and a senior counselor to APCO Worldwide. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, vice-chairman of the Committee on US-China Relations, vice-chairman of the US-China Foundation, and a member of the Yale University International Advisory Board of the Culture and Civilization of China.
sunday morning panel
Tom Manning is a corporate board director and advisor. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches courses on corporate governance in China, private equity in Asia and the US-China Treaty project. Tom currently serves as an independent Board director of Dun & Bradstreet, AsiaInfo-Linkage Holdings, iSoftStone, and Clear Media Limited. He previously served on the boards of the Bank of Communications (China’s fifth largest bank) and Gome (of one of China’s largest retailers). He was an advisor to the World Economic Forum on its Global Agenda for China, founding director of the Chicago-China Economic Development Corporation (launched for Mayor Daley), and the founder of The US-China 2025 Project. Tom previously served as CEO of Cerberus Asia Operations & Advisory Limited, the Beijing subsidiary of Cerberus Capital. In Hong Kong for 17 years, Mr. Manning was the CEO of Indachin Limited, Capgemini Asia, and Ernst & Young Consulting Asia and a senior partner of Bain & Company. Earlier in his career, he was with McKinsey & Company and CSC Index. A native of Chicago and a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., East Asian Studies, 1977) and Stanford (MBA, 1979), Mr. Manning is a frequent commentator and op-ed contributor on topics such as US-China relations, corporate governance, and technology. He speaks Mandarin and divides his time between Beijing and Chicago.
Wayne Morrison is a Specialist in Asian Trade and Finance at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), where he has worked for over 30 years. He is the leading CRS specialist on China’s economy and U.S.-China commercial relations. CRS works exclusively for the U.S. Congress, providing timely, authoritative, and objective analysis on major public policy issues for members of Congress and their staff. To that end, Wayne has written numerous confidential reports and memoranda on international economic and trade issues, assisted Congressional trade committees plan hearings, advised staffers on legislative proposals, provided briefings for Members and their staff, and conducted seminars on major trade issues before Congress. Wayne began his career at CRS in 1983 as a Reference Assistant in the Taxation and Government Finance Section. In 1988, he was transferred to the International Trade and Finance Section where he began working as an Analyst on U.S. commercial ties with Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, and Taiwan, as well as U.S government export promotion programs, U.S. trade remedy laws, and congressional policies to respond to “unfair” trade practices. Since 1999, Wayne’s work has mainly focused on China, due to the growing congressional interest in U.S.-China economic relations and the implications of China’s emergence as a major global economy. He has written extensively on China’s economic policies and challenges and their impact on the global economy and U.S.-China trade and investment ties. Wayne holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
sunday morning keynote
Stanley Rosen is a professor of political science at USC specializing in Chinese politics and society. He is also the Faculty Master of University Residential College at Bimkrant, which is an honors college for USC’s best incoming students. Rosen has been living on campus for 26 years as a resident faculty member. He studied Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong and has traveled to mainland China over 50 times in the last 34 years. His courses range from Chinese politics and Chinese film to political change in Asia, East Asian societies, comparative politics, and politics and film in comparative perspective. The author or editor of eight books and many articles, he has written on such topics as the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese legal system, public opinion, youth, gender, human rights, Sino-American relations, and film and the media. He is the co-editor of Chinese Education and Society and a frequent guest editor of other translation journals. His most recent books include Chinese Politics: State, Society and the Market  (co-edited with Peter Hays Gries) and Art, Politics and Commerce in Chinese Cinema  (co-edited with Ying Zhu). Ongoing projects include a study of the changing attitudes and behavior of Chinese youth, and a study of Hollywood films in China and the prospects for Chinese films on the international market, particularly in the United States. In addition to his academic activities at USC, Professor Rosen has escorted twelve delegations to China for the National Committee on US-China Relations (including American university presidents, professional associations, and Fulbright groups). He is an affiliated research scholar at Beijing Normal University’s Research Institute for Chinese Culture and International Communications and a member of the international advisory board of Shanghai University’s Center for Media Studies and the Humanities Studies Center of Zhongshan University (Taiwan). He has consulted for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the United States Information Agency, the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office and a number of private corporations, law firms and U.S. government agencies.
sunday afternoon keynote
Dr. Kang Liu received his Phd from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies at Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of Program of Research on China, Duke University. His current projects include global public opinion surveys of China’s image, Chinese soft power and public diplomacy, and political and ideological changes in China. He is the author of twelve books, including Aesthetics and Marxism(Duke University Press, 2000), Globalization and Cultural Trend in China(University of Hawaii Press, 2003), Culture/Media/Globalization (Nanjing University Press, 2006), Images of China as A Major Power (Shanghai People’s Press, 2014). In addition, Dr. Liu published widely in both English and Chinese on issues ranging from contemporary Chinese media and culture, globalization, to Marxism and aesthetics.
Jessica Beinecke is a bubbly blonde blogger fluent in Mandarin. She has a special connection with her Chinese social media followers ages 15 to 35 for teaching American slang and culture. Her daily digital content has generated a total of 50+ million video views and 1.5+ billion social media impressions. Jessica has continually produced daily digital content for a millennial Chinese audience for 4 years. She is one of 50 people on Foreign Policy's Pacific Power Index shaping the future of the US-China relationship "for taking American culture and language viral on the Chinese web."
Abdullah Khurram is a South Asia & Middle East Fellow at PoliTact and a Strategic Advisor at Gulf State Analytics. His current areas of research at Johns Hopkins University cover global security issues, grand strategies of great powers, and the future of U.S.-China relations. Formerly, Khurram was based at the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago, and served as a Research Associate at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. His previous research work has also been based at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan, and at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. Amongst other places, he has guest lectured at Columbia University, Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy, National Defense University of Pakistan, and the Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies in Slovenia.