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The Asian Century? America and Asia's Rise


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? This Asia Society event is co-organized in partnership with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight and BBC World Service.


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


Promotional Co-Sponsors: The Asia Foundation, AsianWeek, Bay Area Council, California Asian Chamber of Commerce, Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University,  Japan Policy Research Institute

Program Agenda:

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Registration

6:00 - 7:30 pm: Discussion/Audience Q&A

7:30 - 8:00 pm: Reception


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Event Details

Thu 3 Oct 2013
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Asia Society
Bechtel Conference Room
500 Washington St.
San Francisco

FREE for Asia Society Members/Non-Members LIMITED SEATING!