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Alumni-Faculty Forum: Working With China: Diplomacy and Exchange in Difficult Times

May 21 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am

AFF - Working with China

McCosh Hall, Room 50

Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University


Moderator

Rory Truex ’07
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Panelists

Mary E. Gallagher *01
Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor in Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights, University of Michigan

Kurt W. Tong ’87
Partner, The Asia Group

Peter Hessler ’92
Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Sadiki Wiltshire ’17
President, Stanford China Law and Policy Association


Moderator

RTRory Truex ’07
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Rory Truex focuses on Chinese politics and authoritarian systems. His work has been published in top political science journals, including the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies and the China Quarterly, and featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In 2021, he received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching honor at Princeton. He currently resides in Philadelphia.

Panelists

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Mary E. Gallagher *01
Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights, University of Michigan

Mary Gallagher is the Amy and Alan Lowenstein Professor of Democracy, Democratization, and Human Rights at the University of Michigan, where she is also the director of the International Institute. She was the director of Michigan’s Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies from 2008-20. Her most recent book is “Authoritarian Legality in China: Law, Workers and the State.” She is also the author or editor of several other books, including “Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China.” Gallagher was a student in the Duke-in-China Program at Nanjing University in the fall of 1989. She taught at Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997 as a member of the Princeton-in-Asia program. In 2023-25, she will be a Fulbright Global Scholar on a new research project that examines how economic engagement with China has affected domestic public opinion toward globalization. In addition to her academic research, Gallagher has consulted with governments, international organizations and corporations on China’s domestic politics, labor and workplace conditions, and urbanization policies.

KTKurt W. Tong ’87
Partner, The Asia Group

Ambassador Kurt Tong is a partner at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s work in Japan and the broader East Asia region. Before joining The Asia Group, Ambassador Tong was an American diplomat for 30 years. From 2016 to 2019, he served as consul general and chief of mission in Hong Kong and Macau, leading U.S. political and economic engagement with that important finance and trade center. Previously, he served as the principal deputy assistant secretary for economic and business affairs at the State Department from 2014 to 2016, guiding the department’s institutional-strengthening efforts as its senior diplomat handling economic affairs. Tong also served as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014, and as ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2011, leading the U.S. chairmanship of the organization during one of the most productive periods for APEC. His overseas postings include Manila, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong.

PHPeter Hessler ’92
Staff Writer, The New Yorker

For more than 20 years, Peter Hessler has been a staff writer at The New Yorker. He first came to live in China as a Peace Corps volunteer, from 1996 to 1998, an experience that became the subject of his first book, “River Town.” With his next two books — “Oracle Bones” and “Country Driving” — he completed a trilogy that spanned a decade in China. His fifth book, “The Buried,” described his experiences in Egypt during the Arab Spring, from 2011 to 2016. He recently taught in Chengdu, China, from 2019 to 2021, which will be the subject of his next book.

SWSadiki Wiltshire ’17
President, Stanford China Law and Policy Association

Sadiki Wiltshire is a second-year law student at Stanford and founder of the Princeton U.S.-China Coalition. Before law school, he served as a program officer at Fortune magazine, where he conducted research on China’s tech sector, served as translator for Fortune president Alan Murray, and convened executives from Mobike, NIO, CreditEase and GGV Capital to speak at Fortune Global Forum 2017. After Fortune, Wiltshire worked as chief of staff at a Barclays and MIT-backed fintech company. In law school, he serves as an editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review, president of the China Law and Policy Association (CLPA), and professional development chair of OUTLaw. In his capacity as CLPA President, he organized Stanford’s inaugural 465-person China Tech Forum, for which he recruited partners from NEA, Lightspeed, GSR and Bytedance to speak. Last summer, Wiltshire served as a 1L Scholar at Skadden Arps, LLP. He will be returning to Skadden this summer. He is interested in tech investing, consumer platforms and quantum encryption.

 

 

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May 21
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8:45 am - 10:00 am
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McCosh 50
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
Phone:
(609) 258 - 3000