The Asian Century? America and Asia’s Rise

Event: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Photo: Flickr user goodimages

Photo: Flickr user goodimages

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Asia Society

Bechtel Conference Room

500 Washington St.

San Francisco

With special guest speakers:

Bruce Cain, Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University;

Dominic Ng, Chairman, Committee of 100, Chairman & CEO, EastWest Bank;

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society;

Ritula Shah (moderator), Presenter, BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight and Saturday PM;

Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council.

Many have called the 21st century “the Asian Century,” a world-historic passing of the baton from West to East. Are such calls premature? Thirty years ago, experts saw Japan’s spectacular economic growth and long-term political stability as a harbinger of a new, Asia-led order. Today, Japan is straddled by years of political and economic stagnation. China has enjoyed thirty years of double-digit economic growth and is now the world’s second-largest economy, but many experts argue that rampant corruption and a rigid political system are holding the country back.

Is Asia’s rise inevitable? What does America’s strategic “rebalance” towards Asia mean for U.S. policy, and how is it being viewed in Asia? The Asia Foundation is proud to partner with the Asia Society and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to present this event that will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight and BBC World Service.

Please click here to register with the Asia Society.

The Latest Across Asia

Change Starts Here Campaign Impact

Thank you for powering The Asia Foundation’s mission to improve lives and expand opportunities.