Goal: Explore the opportunities and challenges of US‐China Business Cooperation in light of the two countries' regulatory and economic environments and global economic circumstances. This 3‐year initiative, carried out from 2009 to 2012, combines interdisciplinary research by American and Chinese scholars, conferences in China and Indiana, legal counseling to entrepreneurs, publications in academic and industry outlets, and facilitating the interaction of American and Chinese entrepreneurs, scholars, journalists, and public officials.
Research: The core of the initiative is research by RCCPB senior associates and faculty from Zhejiang University. Topics include: the effect of globalization on USChina economic cooperation, comparing US and Chinese business strategies, Chinese overseas investment, supply chain management, trade disputes, government‐business relations, and media coverage of US‐China relations.
Programs: The initiative centers around research which will be shared during multipronged programs in April 2009 in Indiana and Spring 2011 in Hangzhou.
The April 2009 program, attended by over 500 people, featured three elements:
- Conference, "US‐China Business Cooperation in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs." American and Chinese scholars, entrepreneuers, and officials discussed best practices in entrepreneurship and innovation, Chinese outward investment, creating favorable investment climates, and legal challenges to business cooperation.
- Entrepreneurship Law Clinic Workshop, featuring IU's Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and Zhejiang University's School of Law.
- Tour of three American companies: Cook Pharmica (Bloomington), Cummins (Columbus), Fedex Hub Facility (Indianpolis).
The March 2011 program, to take place in Shanghai and Hangzhou, will center around the theme of "US‐China trade and economic relations in the post‐financial crisis era." Activities will include: a policy‐oriented conference, a scholarly workshop, a US‐China media cooperation workshop, a networking reception, and visits to companies and with government officials.
Publications: We will publish initiative‐based research through the RCCPB working paper series, peer‐review scholarly journals, and the popular media. We will also produce and widely disseminate an overall initiative report for the American and Chinese scholarly, business and policy communities.