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Chinese Reformers, Western Economists and Making of Global China


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Julian Gewirtz, a Rhodes Scholar and doctorate candidate in history at the University of Oxford, will describe how Chinese officials and intellectuals looked beyond their country’s borders for economic guidance during the transformational decade of the 1980s. From the Bashan Conference of 1985, which brought together leading international economists with top Chinese policymakers for a cruise on the Yangtze River, to tête-à-têtes with Milton Friedman, the Chinese leadership displayed an extraordinary openness to diverse ideas from around the world — with lessons that must not be forgotten today in Xi's China.

This presentation is based on Julian Gewirtz's book “Unlikely Partners,” which The Economist called "a gripping read, highlighting what was little short of a revolution in China's economic thought."

The event will take place in the GPS classroom 3201. Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

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