The Impact of Global Environmental Challenges on U.S.-China Relations
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of fourteen books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are, Virtual Tibet, The China Reader: The Reform Years, and Mandate of Heaven: The Legacy of Tiananmen Square and the Next Generation of China's Leaders. He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers,including The New Yorker, Time, Atlantic Monthly and the New Republic, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the China Quarterly, and the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Description: The most populous nation in the world, China is producing an ever larger share of the world's industrial goods, and has recently surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It has also entered a period of environmental crisis. But what is notable about this crisis for the rest of the world is that what happens in China - whether through pollution in its rivers, over-fishing marine habitats, deforesting the woodlands, contaminating food-stocks, overgrazing pasture land or degrading its air resources - is now everyone's problem. Thus understanding what is happening in that crucial country is more important than ever for Americans to understand.
Sponsored by the Office of the President, Environmental Studies, Asian Studies and Off-Campus Studies. Q&A and book signing to follow.