Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

3/9/2015

Corruption. Classified Material. Power-politics. Xi Jinping and Hillary Clinton.

We’re having our last meeting before spring break tomorrow at 7:30pm in Braker 118, and will be talking about all these things.

3/2/2015: China-Russia Relations and the US

https://www.facebook.com/events/1575686826021873/

Come join SURGE tomorrow, 3/2, at 7:30pm in Braker 118 for a great discussion on how Russia’s relationship with China will impact the U.S.!!!

We will be discussing two articles, which will be handed out at the meeting, but can also be found below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/world/vladimir-putin-xi-jinping-form-closer-ties.html?_r=1

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/65230/stephen-kotkin/the-unbalanced-triangle

2/16/2015: Chinese and US Media

Please join us in Braker 118 at 7:30 pm tomorrow to discuss Chinese and US Media – from the twisting of words and soundbites to outright censorship!

Here are some links to get you guys started!

http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/china-to-foreign-media-get-in-line-or-get-out/

http://thediplomat.com/2014/05/what-chinese-media-reveals/

2/2/2105

Please join us tomorrow at 7:30 pm, in Braker 118: we’ll be discussing the Confucius Institutes in America, the American educational system and appeal abroad, and soft power through education.

Here are the links to get you started:

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2014/12/05/china-confucius-institutes/19934473/​

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/29/top-us-colleges-like-yale-harvard-seek-chinese-students-from-outside-economic/

1/20/2015

Please join us for our first meeting of the year in Braker 118: we will be discussing the China Dream vs. the American Dream.

Here are the articles we will be discussing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/opinion/global/xi-jinpings-chinese-dream.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-stapleton-roy/are-american-dreams-compa_b_5507612.html

This meeting is also our Spring GIM, and we will be talking about the China-US Symposium, as well joint efforts with ALLIES and the JCC, other amazing opportunities, etc, so please invite your friends! 

11/18/2014

Discussion on China’s political reforms within the one-party system!

Here is the material we will be discussing:

https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_x_li_a_tale_of_two_political_systems?language=en#t-1019892

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-03/china-s-xi-broadens-graft-crackdown-to-boost-influence.html

[http://www.bloomberg.com/image/iiVQWwaWMc_Q.jpg]<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-03/china-s-xi-broadens-graft-crackdown-to-boost-influence.html>

President Xi’s Anti-Corruption Campaign Biggest Since Mao – Bloomberg

President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption is growing into one of the broadest in China’s modern history, snaring dozens of businessmen and government officials and positioning Xi as the country’s most powerful leader in decades.

Read more…<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-03/china-s-xi-broadens-graft-crackdown-to-boost-influence.html>

11/2/2014

Discussion on Taiwan’s recent election results and its relationship with China!

Here are some articles to get you started:

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2014/12/01/taiwan-hong-kong-a-challenge-for-chinas-xi

http://thediplomat.com/2014/11/from-fujian-chinas-xi-offers-economic-olive-branch-to-taiwan/

10/26/2014

Debate and discussion on whether or not China is still a developing country!

Here are some related links:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/25/is_china_still_a_developing_country_climate_change_xi_jinping

http://cogitasia.com/developing-or-developed-a-china-debate-by-the-numbers/


10/21/2014

Discussion on China’s legal system.  A few of SURGE’s Tufts in China alums will be

leading the meeting and sharing their insight, so join us!

Here are some links to get you started:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-11/15/c_132891921.htm

http://www.olemiss.edu/courses/pol324/chnjudic.htm

10/14/2014

Discussion on China’s interests in the Arctic region.

Check out these articles for a bit of background:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/world/europe/a-rare-arctic-land-sale-stirs-concerns-in-norway.html?_r=0

http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabetheconomy/2014/04/04/the-four-drivers-of-beijings-emerging-arctic-play-and-what-the-world-needs-to-do/


9/30/2014

Discussion on the recent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Here are some links to get you started:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-09/29/content_18678601.htm

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/28/6856621/hong-kong-protests-clashes-china-explainer