FACES: On Common Ground 2010 Conference

FACES, On Common Ground Conference

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9:15AM-10:45AM (Location: GATESB12)
Regional Power Balance: American and Chinese Interest in South Asia

Experts call it China's "String of Pearls" strategy in South Asia. Thought to be China's way of elevating its strategic presence throughout South Asia, the strategy involves building alliances through trade and construction projects with throughout the region. Meanwhile, the American CIA plans to broaden its drone program meant to combat the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Pakistan. And the rivalry between local nuclear powers India and Pakistan only complicates American and Chinese presence in the region. Given the fierce rivalry between the region's only nuclear powers, both the U.S.'s and China's relations with each constitute major components of the regional and global power balance in which the U.S. and China seek more weight. Both China and the U.S. are exerting their power in different ways and in different countries. How is this affecting the balance of power in South Asia? What impacts are the U.S. security interests having on China's interests in the region? Is China's String of Pearls strategy helping or hindering U.S. goals? Given China's close proximity to South Asia, and the U.S.'s distance from it, how limited is the U.S. in attempting to limit the reach of China's String of Pearls strategy? Ultimately, how do their tensions in South Asia impact the relationship between the U.S. and China?

Henry S. Rowen, Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor of Public Management Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Chaim Braun, Consulting Professor, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford Unversity; Member and Permanent Lecturer of World Nuclear Association (WNA) committees

Ashok Bardhan PhD., Senior Research Associate, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

11:00AM-12:30PM (Location: Hillel, Kehillah Hall)
US and China on Agricultural Trade Policy

Since China's accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001, agricultural trade between the U.S. and China has increased greatly as the two have become major trading partners. In 2008, U.S. food exports to China totaled $12.2 billion and China's exports to the U.S. totaled $3.4 billion. Given its abundance of farm land, the U.S. exports mainly soybeans, cotton, and other land-intensive agricultural products to China. And given its massive population, China exports mainly fruits, vegetables, and seafood, all labor-intensive goods to the U.S. But while the U.S. enjoys an agricultural trade surplus, it suffers from an overall trade deficit with China, prompting calls for greater protectionism from various American production sectors, including agricultural ones. And China's own agricultural trade policy changes frequently and substantially as its large population drives largely fluctuating demand for its own agricultural products. What are the agricultural concerns of each country independent of and relative to one another? Which sectors are driving agricultural trade policy within each country, and how is governmental regulation affecting the agricultural trade balance as it stands today? What will that trade balance look like in the coming years?

Colin Carter PhD., Director of Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics; Agricultural and Resource Economics Professor, University of California, Davis

Fred Gale, Senior Economist, Market and Trade Economics Division of the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of AgricultureFrederick Klose, Executive Director at California Agricultural Export Council

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 9:15 am — 12:30 pm