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May 12 - "U.S.-China Economic Relations and the Impact of WTO" with Robert Kapp, President, U.S.-China Business Council.

Dr. Robert Kapp provided a historical framework for understanding the Chinese social, political, and economic system and discussed misconceptions that Americans have about China, in particular with regards to the debate surrounding the May Congressional vote on whether or not to grant China permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) trading status. Dr. Kapp discussed the difficulties China has confronted over the last two centuries as it faced modernization and how Chinese leaders have grappled with institutions that have resisted change. He explained that China continues to face the dilemma of how to open China to the United States and the rest of the world without jeopardizing the uniquely Chinese characteristics of their social and political system.
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