A boy in Montana determined to learn Chinese, Dexter “Tiff” Roberts eventually became one of Businessweek’s first China correspondents. For two decades he explored how government policies affected everyday people. His new book, The Myth of Chinese Capitalism, tells the story of China’s hundreds of millions of migrant workers.
Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine on China's Public Diplomacy, March 13, 2013
In a wide-ranging interview, Sonenshine speaks about the role of public diplomacy and what the U.S. is doing to compete with China's growing soft power, particularly in Africa. Sonenshine advocated the United States stepping up its game as she believes there is beginning to be a growing Chinese influence. She attributes this problem to lack of sufficient English culture and language learning institutes. She recognized that there is value in the Confucius institutes that teach Chinese around United States, but she argued that English teaching needs to increase in other parts of the world for the United States to maintain its "power".
David Zweig, professor emeritus at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, looks at how tensions between the United States and China have impacted scientific collaboration and research.
Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, authors of Superpower Showdown, will help us understand the ramp up of US-China economic tensions and the far-reaching consequences of the stand-off.