China Conference Event Schedule

Thursday, June 5

6 – 7:30 pm


China in the 21st Century: Are We Ready?

Introduction: Tim Nelson, President, Northwestern Michigan College

Dr. David Shambaugh

Professor and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

With more than 1.3 billion people and an economy that will eclipse that of the United States in a few years, China is expected to play an increasingly prominent role in this century. But what will this mean for the U.S., strategically, politically and culturally? As northern Michigan prepares for an expansion of ties with China, these questions take on additional importance. Dr. Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority on China and the author of numerous books and publications including his highly-acclaimed 2013 release, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, selected by The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Bloomberg News as one of the best books of the year. Dr. Shambaugh received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and has family ties on the Old Mission Peninsula dating back to 1902.


Friday, June 6

8:30 am


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 

Moderator: Jack Segal, Co-Chair, International Affairs Forum

Ted Plafker has lived and worked full time in Beijing as a foreign correspondent since 1989 and is a keen and witty observer of political and economic trends there. His acclaimed first book, Doing Business in China: How to Profit in the World’s Fastest Growing Market, offers concise and practical guidance to China’s unique business environment, covering China’s complex legal and economic landscape, business ethics, business culture, consumer culture, information environment, expatriate life in China, and more. Mr. Plafker will paint a picture of what China is today and where it’s headed in the next five years. His insights are highly relevant to anyone seeking to work in China and his comments will set up the business, political and education breakout sessions that follow.