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The China-Russia Reversal

Why is China, rather than Russia, emerging as a major commercial, industrial and military power on the global stage? When Mao died in 1976, Russia led China on every indicator of modernization, and many of the Chinese systems of education, science and technology, and industrial organization were copied from the USSR.

Date & Time

Monday
Sep. 30, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

Kennan Institute U.S. Alumni Series

Why is China, rather than Russia, emerging as a major commercial, industrial and military power on the global stage? When Mao died in 1976, Russia led China on every indicator of modernization, and many of the Chinese systems of education, science and technology, and industrial organization were copied from the USSR. The situation has now changed dramatically, with China far ahead of Russia in industrial development, education, science, technology and innovation. Explaining this stunning reversal of relative positions in a comparative context remains an important challenge. Balzer shows how starting points for reform and resulting elite decisions have produced profoundly different approaches to globalization and economic integration in the two countries.

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Harley D. Balzer

Harley D. Balzer

Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar;
Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region through research and exchange.  Read more

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