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.