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[Past Event] Bridge to the Far East

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Nov. 27: The U.S. & China: Friends or Foes?

The United States and China have a complex relationship encompassing trade and investment, military affairs, diplomatic issues, cultural events and education. As China has proceeded with its “Going Out” strategy and gained economic and military clout, the nature of the overall relationship is evolving. Join us as we uncover the two countries’ motivations and examine the different aspects of the world’s most important bilateral ties.

Dec. 4: Hong Kong’s Evolving Political and Social Status

Following a smooth transition from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative Region in 1997, Hong Kong has struggled with economic, political and social issues. How has democracy unfolded under China’s watchful eye? As China’s links with the global economy have multiplied and Hong Kong’s role as China’s window on the world has lessened, what forces are driving the Hong Kong economy? In the face of economic and political challenges, how are Hong Kong families responding? Michael Ipson, a Hong Kong resident for over 25 years, provides insightful answers to these questions and more.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Nov. 27; Dec. 4 *10:00am - noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Michael Ipson was an exchange student in Hong Kong in the mid-Sixties and lived and worked in Hong Kong in the 1980s and 1990s and Beijing in the 1980s, returning to China from 2005-2010 as a senior member of the World Bank team. He continues to travel to East Asia as a board director of financial institutions in both China and Vietnam.