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Geoff Dyer: The Contest of the Century

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After decades of double-digit growth, China is beginning to turn its economic strength outward and challenge the U.S. on a global stage. The contest will be expansive: from naval control, where China’s new blue-water ambitions include reclaiming traditional spheres of influence in the East China Sea, to upending global economic norms, with moves to replace the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency of choice. Eyeing the high ground of international politics, China is taking the first steps in a determined global agenda.

Asia Society and the Mechanics’ Institute are pleased to feature Geoff Dyer and his newest work, The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China—and How America Can Win. In this inside account of Beijing’s quest for influence, Dyer lays out a balanced and far-sighted analysis of the emerging competition between China and the U.S., and how the U.S. can retain its central role in the world. Dyer has written for the Financial Times for over a decade, with postings in China, Brazil, the UK, and now the U.S. He was the FT’s bureau chief in Beijing from 2008 to 2011, following three years in the paper's Shanghai bureau. He recently moved to the FT’s Washington, DC bureau, writing about American foreign policy.

The Contest of the Century will be available for purchase and signing.


Program Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 pm Registration
6:00 – 7:00 pm Discussion/Audience Q&A
7:00 – 7:30 pm Book signing



Event Details

Wed 12 Feb 2014
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

FREE Asia Society/Mechanics' Institute Members; $15 nonmembers