Professor analyzes China's rise to power for upcoming NJIT talk

September 28, 2007

China's rise to economic eminence is a paradox of hope and fear for China and all nations, says Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, Cheng Li. Li, William R. Kenan Professor of Government at Hamilton College, will analyze China in the 21st century at NJIT's Technology and Society Forum presentation.

The free public event is set for Oct. 10, 2007, 3-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.

"The 21st century has brought a major shift in geopolitical and economic power," said Li. "The People's Republic of China is a prime mover in this momentous change among the community of nations.

Long considered politically isolated and economically backward, China has transformed itself into a key participant in the global economy, and perhaps into the most formidable pioneer on many economic frontiers. Yet still, this rise to power remains a paradox of hope and fear."

Li's talk will address three aspects of this paradox and their worldwide implications -- socioeconomic and demographic trends in Chinese society, the dynamics of the country's leadership and the daunting challenges facing China.

Li is uniquely qualified to offer his analysis. Born in Shanghai, he experienced the turmoil of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution while growing up. In 1985 he came to the U. S., where he earned an MA in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Political Science from Princeton University.

He is the author of Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform, China's Leaders: The New Generation, and Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003.

Director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, Li is also a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.

David Himmelstein, founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, will present the final offering: "A Prescription for U.S. Healthcare." The event is set for 3 p.m., Nov. 7, 2007, in the Campus Center Ballroom.
Support from AT&T and Hewlett-Packard have in part made this year's presentations possible.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, at the edge in knowledge, enrolls more than 8,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 92 degree programs offered by six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. NJIT is renowned for expertise in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. In 2006, Princeton Review named NJIT among the nation's top 25 campuses for technology and top 150 for best value. U.S. News & World Report's 2007 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities.

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