[photopress:David_brady_Hoover.jpg,full,alignright]The Hoover Institution, one of the top think-tanks in the United States, has been devoting more resources to studying China.
David Brady, deputy director of The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace (top that for a title) at Stanford University, said, ‘If you want to understand the coming century and be a good think-tank, you better understand the Chinese economy, Chinese culture and Chinese foreign policy.’
David Brady has been in Shanghai with a group of Stanford and Hoover scholars attending a three-day Shanghai forum called Economic Globalization and the Choice of Asia.
He said to China Daily, ‘Understanding China means getting there, talking to people, attending conferences and thinking hard of what constitutes economic growth, how the Party manages and how the leadership works.’ He said both Hoover and Stanford have started a push to improve their understanding of China.
Hoover is hosting several young Chinese diplomats in a six-month program. It has also set up a joint program with Fudan University to share archives and scholars and co-sponsor conferences.
David Brady said, ‘When I first got to Stanford (20 years ago), all the interest was in Japan, no interest in China whatsoever. Now the situation is reversed. There is very little interest in Japan and lots of interest in China.’
The number of Chinese MBA students at the school has gone from one to 32. And there are five sessions of Mandarin available to MBA students this year.
Source: People’s Daily Online
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