ICS Town Hall: CHINA Town Hall - Featuring President Jimmy Carter & Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy

May 1, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies (1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201)

Institute for Chinese Studies presents

CHINA Town Hall

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

National Speaker: President Jimmy Carter

7:00 PM - "Issues in U.S.-China Relations"
Live Webcast

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, OSU

The Institute for Chinese Studies, in partnership with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, is pleased to announce the eighth annual CHINA Town Hall, to take place on Thursday evening, 16 October 2014. The event is held in collaboration with The Carter Center in Atlanta. The annual CHINA Town Hall events are free and open to the public.

This evening's event is part of the "Conversations at The Carter Center" speaker series. The national webcast features the 39th President of the United States, President Jimmy Carter, who will discuss the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China 35 years ago, when he was president (viz., this year being the 35th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the U.S. and China, negotiated between Jimmy Carter and Deng Xiaoping), as well as current issues in Sino-American relations. National Committee president Steve Orlins will moderate this 45-minute portion of the program, comprised of a 15-minute talk followed by half an hour during which President Carter will respond to questions submitted by audience members throughout the country. (And Happy 90th Birthday to President Jimmy Carter!)

Local Speaker: Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy 

(Peterson Institute for International Economics)

6:00 PM - "Explaining China’s Economic Rise: State Ownership vs. Private Business"

China’s transition to a market economy has propelled its remarkable economic growth since the late 1970s. Nicholas R. Lardy, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Chinese economy, traces the increasing role of market forces and refutes the widely advanced argument that Chinese economic progress rests on the government’s control of the economy’s “commanding heights.” In another challenge to conventional wisdom, Lardy finds little evidence that the decade of the leadership of former President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao (2003–13) dramatically increased the role and importance of state-owned firms, as many people argue. Lardy will use evidence that the major sources of China’s growth in the future will be similarly market rather than state-driven, with private firms providing the major source of economic growth, the sole source of job creation, and the major contributor to China’s still growing role as a global trader. Lardy does, however, call on China to deregulate and increase competition in those portions of the economy where state firms remain protected, especially in energy and finance.

Nicholas R. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He joined the Institute in March 2003 from the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow from 1995 until 2003. Before Brookings, he taught for twelve years at the University of Washington, where he was the director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies from 1991 to 1995. From 1997 through the spring of 2000, he was also the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management. He is one of the world's foremost scholars on the Chinese economy.

Dr. Lardy’s scholarship on China's economy spans almost four decades. His most recent book, published in September 2014, is Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China. His previous books include Sustaining China’s Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis (2012), The Future of China’s Exchange Rate Policy (2009) (co-authored with Morris Goldstein), Integrating China into the Global Economy (2002), China’s Unfinished Economic Revolution (1998), China in the World Economy (1994), Foreign Trade and Economic Reform in China, 1978–1990 (1992); Agriculture in China’s Modern Economic Development (1983), and Economic Growth and Distribution in China (1978).

Dr. Lardy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the editorial boards of Asia Policy and the China Review.

He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1975, both in economics.


China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts. The eighth annual CHINA Town Hall will be held on October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The National Committee on United States-China Relations is pleased to present this program, which will feature a live webcast with President Carter, followed (or preceded) by local presentations from on-site China specialists addressing topics of particular interest to the community. Each program is co-sponsored by the National Committee and a local organization(s). CHINA Town Hall is generously underwritten by the Starr Foundation. The Institute for Chinese Studies' home institution, The Ohio State University, has been the only academic institution in the state of Ohio to be a partner of this event, one of seventy-odd local partners in cities across the United States this year. The Institute for Chinese Studies, with OSU's Mershon Center for International Security Studies, are proud to be the local co-sponsors of this event in Columbus, Ohio.

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The CHINA Town Hall event is free and open to the public. For more information on the local co-sponsorship of the CHINA Town Hall, please contact Jeff Chan at chan.184@osu.edu or (614) 247-6893.

For more information, please go to http://www.ncuscr.org/cth


Co-sponsor: Mershon Center for International Security Studies