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Obama Goes to Beijing: Charting a New Course of China-U.S. Relations?

On November 10, President Obama will land in China to launch a highly publicized summit with Chinese Premier Hu Jintao. In honor of the event, CMC Professor Minxin Pei, a globally renowned expert on China, will speak with us about the future of U.S.-Sino relations and the implications of the President’s visit.

Professor Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies here at Claremont McKenna College. In addition, he is an adjunct senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C, where he has worked since 1999 and served as director of the China Program from 2004 to 2008. His research focuses on democratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.-China relations. The author of two books – From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (2006) – his work has also been published in magazines and journals such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly and the Journal of Democracy. His voice is frequently heard on BBC News and National Public Radio as well.

As a doctoral student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Professor Pei received the Edward Chase Prize for the Best Dissertation in a field of political science. He also is the recipient of several research grants and fellowships. Prof. Pei also possesses a bachelor degree in English from the Shanghai International Studies University and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh.