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    For nearly three decades Mao’s China closed itself to the influence of non-Marxist thought as it established a rigid command economy. When Mao died in 1976, China’s leaders embarked on a large-scale process of learning from abroad. The intellectual breadth of Chinese reformers in those early years was remarkably broad as they sought input from Nobel Prize winning economists, World Bank officials, free market fundamentalists, and an unlikely array of other partners.

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    As China has become a global power, it has sought to build an exportable educational model that will influence international education, while at the same time supporting the interests of the Communist Party. China has simultaneously in some ways strengthened its commitment to the Western university model and embraced its emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences as a way to drive innovation and economic progress.

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    In this podcast interview, Gerard Postiglione joins National Committee Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman for a conversation about higher education in Hong Kong and on the mainland, as well as the implications of China’s campaign to become a global leader in higher education.

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    In this podcast interview, historian Julian Gewirtz discusses his new book and the dynamic partnerships that helped shape China's economic development with National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

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    China watchers have long predicted the imminent collapse of China’s banking system. Between increased reliance on unstable funding sources, and an expanding credit to GDP gap, experts’ concerns are not unwarranted. Yet the collapse has not happened. In China’s Banking Transformation: The Untold Story, former banking director James Stent looks at what the experts have been missing, and why their predictions have not materialized. On June 5, 2017, Mr.

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    In this podcast interview, James Stent discusses his new book on China's banking system with National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

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    In 2014, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement grabbed international headlines, shut down the city’s largest commercial districts, and generated concern about Hong Kong’s political future. Images of city streets awash in yellow, and protesters clashing with police quickly spread around the world, and many observers believed the movement heralded significant changes to Hong Kong’s political structure.

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    In this podcast interview, David Zweig discusses the current political mood in Hong Kong, and the city's tensions with Beijing, with National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

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    Even as the China’s economic reforms in the 1980s and 90s laid the foundation for it to become an economic powerhouse, increasingly wide gaps opened up between rich and poor, leaving behind those ill equipped to compete in a market economy. The massive changes taking place were also reflected in the uneven distribution of social welfare benefits, which tended to accrue to those best positioned to succeed under the new system.

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    Author Howard French discusses his new book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Shapes China's Push for Global Power. Until the mid-19th century, China occupied the premier place in East Asia’s political order. Exercising cultural and political hegemony through a set of tributary relationships with its neighbors, China’s imperial bureaucrats developed a conception of rule different from the Westphalian idea of individual nation states.

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    In March 2011, China’s spending on internal security surpassed the budget for external defense for the first time. This was widely interpreted as evidence that China’s internal security apparatus – long seen as a highly repressive pillar of Communist Party rule – was tightening its control.

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    In this podcast interview, Qin Gao and Mark Frazier discuss China's social welfare system.

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    In this podcast interview, author Howard French discusses his new book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Shapes China's Push for Global Power, with Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman.

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    In this podcast interview, Dr. Sheena Greitens joins National Committee President Stephen Orlins for a discussion on her current research, China’s domestic security budget, and its connection to developments in internal security under Xi Jinping.

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    As China has developed into an industrial powerhouse, so, too, has its philanthropic sector expanded. In 2016 the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RFB) launched a fellowship program to honor the memory and interests of its former board chair, Dr. Richard Rockefeller, and to promote strategic philanthropy in China.

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