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Bridges China Dialogue 2012
International Political Economy of a Transitional China


The fourth and final conference of the Initiative on China and Global Governance was held in Geneva on September 27, 2012. Co-organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB), and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) the Bridges China Dialogue 2012: International Political Economy of a Transitional China focused on how Chinese entrepreneurs, governments, and civil society organizations contribute to sustainable development of China and the world. Click here for the Bridge China Dialogue 2012 Official Website.

> Summary of the Conference

Global Experts Place China’s Transition Under the Microscope in Geneva
China’s economic transition over the past two decades has been analysed by countless experts and been the subject of more books, essays, and expert meetings than one could count. But the global forces affecting China’s transition have changes in recent years. The Middle Kingdom can no longer be summed-up simply as a miraculous developing country with unstoppable export-oriented economy. Click here for the full summary of the conference

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> RCCPB at the Conference

Several participants of the RCCPB’s Initiative participated throughout the conference. An afternoon panel session was devoted entirely to the RCCPB’s Initiative. The panel, Rules of the Game: Global Governance with China in Transition, discussed China’s growing pains through its progressive participation in the global trade governance backboned by the WTO, and the implications of emerging importance of China in global governance on non-economic issues such as finance, health, and foreign aid.

> Initiative Participants at the Conference

Thomas Hale is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His research focuses on the governance of transnational problems such as climate change and commercial dispute resolution. He has written on the role of private actors in global governance, the accountability of international organizations, East Asian regionalism, innovative governance mechanisms, and transnational democracy. He holds a masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and an A.B. in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe, and currently lives in London.


Yanzhong "Andrew" Huang is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he directs the Roundtable Series on Emerging Powers and Global Health Governance, as well as the Roundtable Series on Universal Health Coverage. He is also an associate professor and director for global health studies at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University. He is the founding editor of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm. Dr. Huang has written extensively on global health governance, health diplomacy and health security, and public health in China His forthcoming book looks at the health system transition in contemporary China, including the health care reform, government ability to address disease outbreaks, and food and drug safety. He received his PhD degree from the University of Chicago.


Scott Kennedy (Ph.D., George Washington University, 2002) is Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and East Asian Languages & Cultures and Director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business (RCCPB) at Indiana University. His research interests include government-business relations, policymaking, and global governance. He is editor of Beyond the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on China’s Capitalist Transformation (Stanford University Press, 2011); author of The Business of Lobbying in China (Harvard University Press, 2005); and editor of China Cross Talk: The American Debate over China Policy since Normalization: A Reader (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Rorden Wilkinson is Professor of International Political Economy in the discipline area of Politics, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Manchester, UK and Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), also at the University of Manchester. He specializes in international political economy, international trade, global governance, globalization and development. He is author of among other things, The WTO: Crisis and the governance of global trade (Routledge, 2006) and Multilateralism and the World Trade Organization (Routledge, 2000); editor of The Global Governance Reader (Routledge, 2005);and co-editor of Global Governance, Poverty and Inequality (Routledge, 2010), The WTO after Hong Kong (Routledge, 2007) and Global Governance: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2002). He co-edits, with Thomas G. Weiss, the Global Institutions series for Routledge.


Ren Xiao is the Assistant Dean and a Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Studies at Fudan University. Before taking up his current position, Ren Xiao was Acting Director and Senior Fellow at the Department of American Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS). Previously he held research and teaching positions at the University of Turku, Finland, Nagoya University, Japan, and The George Washington University in Washington, DC, U.S.A. His research and teaching concentrate on international relations of the Asia-Pacific, Northeast Asian security, and U.S. Asia policy.


Lu Zhang is an assistant professor of sociology at Temple University. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on globalization, labor and labor movements, and the political economy of development in China. Her forthcoming book, From Detroit to Shanghai Globalization, Market Reform, and Labor Unrest in the Chinese Automobile Industry (Cambridge University Press), explores how global and national industry dynamics, state institutions and socialist legacies, and shop-floor labor activism interact in complex ways to produce the specific labor relations and dynamics of labor unrest in the Chinese automobile industry. The book is based on twenty months of fieldwork and around 300 in-depth interviews in seven automobile factories in six Chinese cities. Zhang is currently researching capital relocation strategy and labor politics in the high technology electronics industries of China and Vietnam.


>About the Initiative

China and Global Governance
The purpose of this three-year initiative (2010-2013), carried out with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, is to more fully understand the extent and significance of Chinese involvement in the major areas of economic global governance and to promote greater engagement and cooperation among governments, industry, other stakeholders, and scholars from the US, China, Europe and elsewhere. The resulting research, conferences, publications and outreach are building our empirical and theoretical knowledge, improving the capacity of Chinese, American, and other actors to be constructive participants in global governance, and creating a stronger foundation for the two countries to cooperatively address problems fundamental to the well-being of people around the world.  38 scholars from around the world are carrying out 30 projects on different aspects of global governance including trade, foreign investment, climate change, health care, intellectual property rights and foreign aid. Their research is being issued through our working paper series, conferences, journal articles, and edited volumes. The initiative also includes a regular Chinese Industry-US Government Roundtable between Chinese industry leaders and the American embassy in Beijing, and a Global Governance Dialogue Group of policy experts to discuss in-depth multilateral policy challenges facing the US, China and other countries.

中国与全球治理是一个为期三年的课题(2010-2013年),由亨利·卢斯基金会的支持下进行的,目的是更充分地了解中国在全球经济治理的主要领域的参与程度和意义,以及推动美国、欧洲和中国的政府、产业、其他利益相关者和学者展开更加深入的合作。我们的研究成果、会议、出版物和推广活动将拓展我们的经验和理论知识,提高中美两国和其他参与者建设性参与全球治理的能力,并为两国合作应对涉及全世界人民福利的根本问题创建一个更加坚实的基础。38名来自世界各地的学者正在开展关于全球治理方向的不同课题研究,包括贸易、外国投资、气候变化、卫生保健、知识产权和外国援助等30个课题。他们的研究正在通过我们的工作论文、会议、期刊及专辑陆续出版。该课题还包括一系列定期的中国产业-美国政府圆桌会议,参与者包括中国行业领导者和美国驻北京大使馆, 及一个全球治理政策专家对话活动,主要讨论中美和其他国家所面临的多边政策挑战。





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