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Is a Reset of U.S.-China Relations Possible in 2023? 2022 is critical for both China and the United States. For Beijing, its partnership with Moscow has caused worldwide concerns. Its zero-Covid approach is decoupling itself from the rest of the world. It increasingly worries about the Cross-Strait situation

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International Logistics in a Time of Turmoil At this time of turmoil in the world, how are companies coping with international logistical challenges, and what are the major trends and shifts?  This special webinar moderated by Dr. Haozhe Chen, Professor of Supply Chain Management at Iowa State University,

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Finding security: US-China Ag Trade in a changing world

Despite growing competition between the U.S. and China, trade volume between the two countries remain significant and robust. U.S. agricultural exports to China, in particular, has seen tremendous growth.  But the world is changing dramatically and the impact is felt locally in the Heartland, where a majority of the U.S. agricultural exports to China are produced. 

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Global Pandemic Response: What’s Next?

The pandemic has challenged healthcare systems around the world. Global responses to the pandemic has been so uneven and varied that it may feel like we are living through a giant experiment everywhere, despite a shared understanding of the science.

Now in its third year, what have we learned? What is the next? What choices do we have? How do we balance the social and economic dimensions with managing the health and health system impacts?

We have gathered experts from different countries to share lessons learned under different healthcare systems to shed light on the potential best path forward.

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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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