Left to right, top row, Martin Jacques, Yuen Yuen Ang, Robert Daly, Elizabeth Economy; second row, Wu Xinbo, Yuki Tatsumi, George Yip, Yasheng Huang; bottom row, Kaiser Kuo, and Ma Jun
Left to right, top row, Martin Jacques, Yuen Yuen Ang, Robert Daly, Elizabeth Economy; second row, Wu Xinbo, Yuki Tatsumi, George Yip, Yasheng Huang; bottom row, Kaiser Kuo, and Ma Jun
The 32nd annual Camden Conference, February 22 to 24, will explore China as it emerges as a major global power and faces complex challenges in its domestic, economic, social, environmental and political affairs and its relations with Asian neighbors, the United States and the broader international community.

Martin Jacques will introduce the conference’s topic, “Is This China’s Century?,” on Friday evening in his keynote address. Jacques is the author of the global best seller “When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order.” Dr. Jacques is a senior fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Saturday morning will begin with a focus on Chinese society today. Yuen Yuen Ang, an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan, is the author of “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap.” Kaiser Kuo is the founder and host of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly, uncensored discussion of political and economic affairs in China. Wrapping up the morning, Elizabeth Economy will address the Chinese Communist Party and leadership. She is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

On Saturday afternoon, Yasheng Huang will cover the Chinese economy. Dr. Huang is the international program professor in Chinese economy and business and a professor of global economics and management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. Also on Saturday, George Yip will address Chinese technology and innovation. Yip is associate dean for executive programmes at Imperial College Business School in London. He was previously professor of strategy and co-director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing, a leading environmental NGO, will close out the afternoon speaking on China and the environment.

Sunday’s program will shift to looking at China from the outside. Wu Xinbo and Yuki Tatsumi will discuss China and her neighbors. Dr. Wu is professor and dean of the Institute of International Studies and director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. Yuki Tatsumi is co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. Lastly, Robert Daly will address U.S.-China relations. Daly is director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

The conference takes place at the Camden Opera House with streaming to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and USM in Portland. Conference registration is open to the public at www.camdenconference.org.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.