SURGE: China-US Symposium: Danger and Opportunity

Date & Time April 16-17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:45pm

Symposium Program

SURGE China-U.S. Symposium is a two day academic conference that aims to foster understanding of China and East Asia. First held in 2012, we seek to bring the communities of Tufts and Boston into close contact with the experts and practitioners of international relations of China and the United States.

This year's symposium will be held on April 16th and 17th. We will explore various topics such as economic decoupling between China and the West, China and Western film industries, and China's naval expansion.

April 16th (Friday)

13:00 - 14:30: David Rawson Memorial Lecture

James Palmer is a deputy editor at Foreign Policy. Palmer is the author of The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia and The Death of Mao: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Birth of the New China. He won the Shiva Naipaul prize for travel writing in 2003.

15:00 - 16:15: Chinese Film Industry

James Wicks, Chair, Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, & Languages and Professor of Literature and Film Studies, Poinit Loma Nazarene University

Fan Yang (杨帆), Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Yang is the author of Faked in China: Nation Branding, Counterfeit Culture, and Globalization.

Ying Zhu, Professor of Media Culture at the College oof Staten Island, City University of New York. She has published eight books, including Two Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television.



April 17th (Saturday)

13:00 - 14:15: Chinese Maritime Strategy and Naval Expansion

Collin Koh Swee Lea, Research fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies based in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is especially interested in researching naval affairs in the Indo-Pacific, focusing on Southeast Asia in particular, and generally issues related to naval technologies, naval modernization, naval arms control and the offence-defence theory.

Meia Nouwen, Senior Fellow for Chinese Defence Policy and Military Modernisation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She is a co-lead of the China Security Project with the Mercator Institute for China Studies, and leads IISS research on China’s Digital Silk Road.

Robert S. Ross, Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. His research focuses on Chinese security policy and defense policy, East Asian security, and U.S.-China relations.

Rockford Weitz, Professor of practice, entrepreneur coach, and director of the Maritime Studies Program at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. He also serves as president of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc.


14:45 - 16:00: Economic Decoupling between China and the West

Jean Oi, Professor of Chinese Politics in Stanford University’s Department of Political Science with specialized expertise in China’s political economy and institutions in the process of reform. Professor Oi is currently focusing on researching the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative as well as researching the rising local government debt in China.

Jun Ma, Professor of economics at Northeastern University currently teaching macroeconomic theory and applied econometrics. He focuses on macroeconomics and international finance, financial economics, applied time series econometrics, and Chinese economy.

Isabella Weber, Professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst currently teaching classes on macroeconomics and the history of economic thought.