The Chinese Dream and the New Silk Road

Date:               23 October 2019

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

Bio: Elizabeth Freund LARUS is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. In spring 2015, Dr. Larus was awarded a Taiwan Fellowship to conduct research on US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, and recently awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Poland on China’s New Silk Road in Europe. Professor Larus was awarded the UMW 2019 Faculty Professional Achievement Award in recognition of her scholarly excellence.

She is author of two books, Politics and Society in Contemporary China and Economic Reform in China, as well as more than 25 book chapters and scholarly articles. She has commented in the Financial Times, Fortune magazine, and South China Morning Post, and has made appearances on the BBC, CNBC, China Global News Network (CGTN), Indus News, and Channel NewsAsia.

Dr. Larus speaks Mandarin and frequently conducts field research in Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai.

Summary: The Chinese Dream is Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s goal of national rejuvenation with the aim of restoring China to its historical place as a great power. To help meet this goal, China is building a New Silk Road to expands its commercial and political influence and to have a more prominent status and role in global affairs. Some analysts see the project as an effort to remake the global balance of power, as the costs of many of the proposed projects have skyrocketed, opposition has grown in some participant countries.

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