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China is poised to become the world’s largest economy in the near future. However, such growth is not guaranteed. China faces increasingly complex questions about how to manage the tension between state control and market influence within its own borders, and how to address international disputes that often arise with expanded global influence.

Pairing University of Chicago economists with world-renowned experts on China, including both intellectual leaders as well as industry professionals, “China in Today’s World” is a new series that aims to provide timely insights into these and other key issues, ranging from technology to financial markets, and from international trade to regional political challenges.

All times are listed in Central Standard Time.


Thursday, January 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
China’s Economic Growth in the Next Decade


Lawrence J. Lau, Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics, Lau Chor Tak Institute of Global Economics and Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Zhiguo He (Moderator), Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth; Director, BFI-China

Thursday, February 4, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Huawei and China’s Telecom Industry


Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Yun Wen, Senior Economist, Infinite-Sum Modeling, Inc; Author of “The Huawei Model The Rise of China’s Technology Giant

Zhiguo He (Moderator), Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth; Director, BFI-China

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
China’s New Economic Growth and Inward Out Outward Circulations


David Li, Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor, Department of Finance, School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University

Chang-Tai Hsieh (Moderator), Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth; Initiative Director, BFI-China’s Chinese Economic Growth Initiative

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