We’re always talking about “perspectives,” so I was thrilled to hear the word many times from WANG Jisi of Peking University at an event tonight. I cannot write much of a blog post, as I’ve not had time to talk to people in the office yesterday or today and who would want to think I could write here and not find time to telephone in (of course, it is 9.45pm now). But here’s information about the evening the wonderful Frank Kehl, a contributor to Guanxi: The China Letter, took me to tonight:
NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON UNITED STATES-CHINA RELATIONS
71 West 23rd Street, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10010-4102 Phone: (212) 645-9677 Fax : (212) 645-1695
Chinese and American Interests in Asia
Discussion with Wang Jisi
Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Reception & Registration: 5:30 to 6:00 PM
Program: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wang Jisi is one of Chinaâ€™s most highly regarded America specialists and a frequent commentator on critical issues in U.S.-China relations. In his presentation to National Committee members and guests, Professor Wang will talk about how Chinese and American interests in Asia coincide and diverge, and what the implications are for a stable relationship between these two Pacific powers.
Wang Jisi is dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University. He is concurrently director of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at the Party School of the Central Committee, the Communist Party of China, a guest professor of the National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army, a vice-chairman of the China Reform Forum, and president of the Chinese Association for American Studies. Members of his delegation, who will attend the program, are Professor Zhou Shijian of the China WTO Studies Center, Professor Yu Wanli of Peking Universityâ€™s School of International Studies, and Mr. Zhu Haiquan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tomorrow is packed, from yoga class at 6am and right through the evening, when I am celebrating my friend Alice’s birthday with dinner and then a visit to her Voluntary Simplicity group, where they apparently want to talk about my Armchair Environmentalist!