Dr. Mel Gurtov's talk will be based on his new book, Will This Be China's Century? A Skeptic's View.
The book challenges the widespread view that China will rival or displace the United States as the world’s leading power. A close examination of China’s domestic and international strengths, and its soft as well as hard power, reveals a country with serious shortcomings as the next global leader. This talk emphasizes that treating China as a looming threat will guarantee a new Cold War, whereas focusing on opportunities for cooperation with China will go a long way toward dealing effectively with global and regional problems such as climate change, space exploration, territorial disputes, and trade issues. Sino-US differences are plentiful, but they need not become serious conflicts.
Dr. Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, and Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, a quarterly international journal. He is the author of over 20 books on China, US foreign policy, and international politics, including China's Security and Global Politics in the Human Interest.
Wednesday, May 1st
Book sales & signing from 6:30 PM in the SMSU 2nd floor lounge
Lecture from 7:00 PM in PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, SMSU 238 (1825 SW Broadway)
Free and open to the public.
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