Congressional Briefing - June 11, 2007

China: New Perspectives, U.S. Policy Dilemmas

downtown Shanghai


William H. Overholt


Monday, June 11, 2007


1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.


2247 Rayburn

About the Program

The reasons for Chinese economic success are poorly understood outside Asia, and the social and geopolitical consequences are often quite different from those that have captured the American popular imagination. China's diplomatic successes in Asia come increasingly from emulating a political-economic strategy that the United States has recently abandoned. As a consequence of China's economic success, geopolitical relationships in Asia are changing in ways to which U.S. strategy has not yet adapted.

About the Speaker

William H. Overholt

Dr. William H. Overholt holds the Asia Policy Research Chair at RAND's California headquarters and is Director of the Center who has written extensively on China. Dr. Overholt is the author of six books, including The Rise of China (W.W. Norton, 1993), which won the Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize, and a forthcoming book tentatively titled Asia and America: The Coming Transformation of Asian Geopolitics (RAND, forthcoming); Political Risk (Euromoney, 1982); and (with William Ascher) Strategic Planning and Forecasting (John Wiley, 1983). He is principal co-author of Asia's Nuclear Future (Westview Press, 1976) and, with Zbigniew Brzezinski, he founded the semi-annual Global Assessment in 1976 and edited it until 1988. Dr. Overholt received his B.A. (magna, 1968) from Harvard and his Master of Philosophy (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) from Yale.

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