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Hainan: China’s Hawaii and World’s Largest Free Trade Zone

Is Hainan the next Singapore? Or a newer and bigger one? Questions like these have been bubbling up ever since Hainan Province, China’s only tropical island, became China’s largest Free Trade Zone. Often referred to as the “Hawaii of the Orient”, Hainan is not only the world’s most dynamic tourism destination with a projected 80 million Chinese domestic visitors alone in 2021 but also the largest “lab” of the latest sustainable development experiment of the Chinese government.

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Capital Flow Between the U.S. & China: Winners and Losers

China and the U.S. have been deeply engaged with each other in many dimensions over the past two decades, but the recent de-integration between these two countries poses a real threat to the global economy. This talk will focus on the financial side of the decoupling, covering both the macro and micro aspects, as well as potential disruptions caused by the decoupling.

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Shrinking Cities in the U.S. and China: Challenges and Responses

Economic transformation in both the U.S. and China has created winners and losers in its respective society. While some regions are thriving, others have struggled. In this joint event organized by LRCCS, USHCA, and Taubman, we have invited the leading experts on shrinking cities to explore the lessons learned from the post-industrial shrinking cities in both the U.S. and China and how both countries are learning to help the communities that are left behind in the face of technology and global changes.

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Understanding Through Engagement

Some lessons can’t be taught in a classroom, and with the end of the pandemic in sight, we are reminiscing on five unique first-hand experiences in China. Discover why seeing is believing as American students take us on a journey of learning and understanding that allows us to look forward to the day we can observe the world from a different point of view.

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