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A special thank you to all who made this amazing conference possible!

Thank you to the world renowned speakers, the regional educators and business experts, the fabulous volunteers, the planning committee, and all of the sponsors, you all made the China Conference a great success.


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A Program of the International Affairs Forum

of Northwestern Michigan College

iaf-web-logo China Today: Competitor or Partner?

June 5-6, 2014

With more than 1.3 billion people and an economy expected to eclipse that of the US in a few short years, China presents both challenges and opportunities including in our own community. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the International Affairs Forum (IAF) presents China Today: Competitor or Partner? a two-day opportunity to learn more about the rapidly expanding business, educational and cultural connections growing between China and northern Michigan and to discuss what this means for our future.

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Thursday, June 5, held at the City Opera House.  Friday, June 6, held at the Hagerty Center of NMC’s Great Lakes Campus and the Dennos Museum Center.  Key conference sessions and presenters include:

China in the 21st Century – Are We Ready?  Dr. David Shambaugh, Professor and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

The Rapid Pace of Change in China: What’s to Come?  Ted Plafker, Beijing Correspondent for The Economist and author of Doing Business in China

China’s Business Culture: The GM Experience  Dr. G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, GM

China’s Environmental Challenges – Water!  Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue

Education in the Age of Globalization

Creative Thought in Modern China: The Social Impact Kunal Sinha, Cultural Insights Director, Ogilvy and Mather, Shanghai, Steven Harris, M97 Gallery in Shanghai, Mu Qian, Performing Arts Curator and Writer, Beijing

如何回  How to Return? Images by Contemporary Chinese Photographers exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center

Additionally, roundtables involving business leaders with firsthand experiences will address working in China and attracting Chinese investment. Experts including from MSU and U-M will explore education and political topics. And for those of you looking to experience Chinese culture, the conference offers a “taste” of Chinese culinary arts as a special add-on event on Saturday, June 7!

Concluding Assessment Panels will bring together leading business, education and government leaders to discuss this region’s readiness for expanded ties with China, both in terms of general attitudes as well as practical infrastructure support. Get in on the conversation!

Other Speakers and Participants:

Leaders in Chinese arts and culture, experts in Michigan-China educational exchanges, leaders from Michigan communities experiencing rapid growth of ties with China, and business leaders working in China.