6:30PM Cocktail Reception; 7:00PM Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ian Bremmer; Speakers: Ann Lee, Paul Clifford
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Just a few years ago, many western analysts argued that China could not sustain its state capitalist system. Yet in 2017, China’s economy grew 6.9 percent, surpassing the Chinese government’s target, and China is on track to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy in about a decade. U.S. trade leadership is eroding, and many workers feel their standard of living stagnating. Meanwhile, in China, despite an inefficient state sector, innovation is flourishing in biotech, big data technologies, and many other areas. With the Made in China 2025 policy, Beijing is making strategic decisions about economic development. Were the pundits wrong? Will the Chinese way prevail?
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Once dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as global research professor at New York University. His latest book is the national bestseller “Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World.”
Paul Clifford is President, Paul G. Clifford & Associates, LLC. He is the author of a new book on China’s economic reforms, “The China Paradox – At the Front Line of Economic Transformation.” He first lived in Beijing in 1973, and has spent over 20 years in Beijing and Hong Kong in all. Clifford was responsible for China strategy at Cisco Systems and before that was Managing Partner, China, at Oliver Wyman providing strategy consulting to Chinese and foreign firms, and also was Vice President at the First National Bank of Chicago. He has a Ph.D from the University of London, and also studied at Peking University. He is fluent in Chinese.
Ann Lee is the author of the new book, “Will China’s Economy Collapse?”, and “What the U.S. Can Learn from China: An Open-Minded Guide to Treating Our Greatest Competitor as Our Greatest Teacher.” She is the CEO of Coterie, a new technology investment consortium led by its Chairman, Peter Lee, the owner of Henderson Land Development. Lee is a former visiting professor at Peking University and an adjunct professor at New York University, where she has taught macroeconomics and financial derivatives. She consults with policymakers from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. about U.S.-China relations, international finance and trade, and China’s political economy.