China-US Futures: Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence

China-US Futures: Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence

Panel discussion moderated by Ker Gibbs (IH 1988-90).

China-U.S. Futures: Pathways to Peaceful Coexistence,


Ker GibbsKer Gibbs is the Executive-in-Residence at the University of San Francisco’s Center for Business Studies and Innovation in Asia-Pacific, the immediate past president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and editor of the newly published book  Selling to China: Stories of Success, Failure, and Constant Change. Ker Gibbs has worked in various senior roles in high-technology, banking, and investments giving him broad exposure to US-China relations and business issues facing American companies operating in Asia. Gibbs, a proud alumnus of International House, is a frequent commentator on the business environment in China and is an op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and other publications.

Featured Speakers:

Orville Schell

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.  Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Schell is also the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.

Zongyuan Zoe Liu

Zongyuan Zoe Liu is the Maurice R. Greenberg fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work focuses on international political economy, global financial markets, sovereign wealth funds, supply chains of critical minerals, development finance, emerging markets, energy and climate change policy, and East Asia-Middle East relations. Dr. Liu’s regional expertise is in East Asia, specifically China and Japan, and the Middle East, specifically Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Dr. Liu is the author of  Can BRICS De-dollarize the Global Financial System?  (Cambridge University Press) and Sovereign Funds: How the Communist Party of China Finances its Global Ambitions  (Harvard University Press).

Victor Shih

Victor Shih is the Director of the 21st Century China Center, the Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations, and an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego.  Shih is an expert on the politics of Chinese banking policies, fiscal policies, and exchange rate, as well as the elite politics of China.  At UC San Diego, Shih teaches courses including Financing the Chinese Miracle, Chinese Sources and Methods, Chinese Politics and Political Economy of Authoritarian Regimes.  Prior to joining UC San Diego, Shih was a professor of political science at Northwestern University and former principal for The Carlyle Group.

Andy RothmanAndy Rothman is an Investment Strategist at Matthews, responsible for research on China’s economy and on U.S. – China relations. Andy first went to China as a student in 1980 and began his diplomatic career with the U.S. Foreign Service in Guangzhou in 1984, in time to see Deng Xiaoping launch his economic and social reforms. His 17-year diplomatic career was focused on China, and his final assignment was as head of the macroeconomics office of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Prior to joining Matthews in 2014, Andy spent 14 years with CLSA as their Shanghai-based macroeconomic strategist. Andy earned an M.A. in public administration from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Colgate University. He is a proficient Mandarin speaker.

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