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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series
February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
China under Xi Jinping: The New Mao
Dr. Terry Weidner will assess where China is today, noting the nation’s escalating power but also the serious national challenges that are eroding some of the domestic adulation and obedience accorded Xi Jinping, who has assiduously positioned himself as the “new Mao.” Dr. Weidner will touch on topics such as the impact of Chinese abuses in Xinjiang and protests in Hong Kong, as well as how the Trump trade war has influenced broader bilateral relations, China’s global position and Xi’s hold on power.
In an increasingly globalized world where nations are often interdependent, foreign policy is important to our local and global welfare. In the 2020 election year, foreign affairs feature prominently among voters’ concerns, according to a recent Gallup report. International trade, global diplomacy and multilateral relations are far-reaching and impact Montanans locally. To help us understand these connections and how they have evolved and continue to do so, FVCC has invited distinguished experts to share their research and insights on global affairs in 2020. Bring a friend and join us for this intellectually stimulating and informative series. Lectures are free and open to all.
Dr. Terry Weidner
University of Montana. Missoula, MT
Dr. Terry Weidner is a professor emeritus of Chinese politics and former director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Dr. Weidner holds a Ph.D. in Chinese history from U.C. Davis and began his career in academics before working six years as a Chinese political and economic analyst for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service in Washington, D.C., a job that entailed analyzing Chinese economic reform and U.S.-China relations using Chinese media. He also served briefly as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing during Tiananmen. After leaving government service, Dr. Weidner held joint administrative and teaching positions at the universities of Kansas and Missouri, before moving to Montana in 2003. Dr. Weidner’s interests include the history of Chinese reform, Chinese political economy and Chinese foreign policy, including U.S.-China political and economic relations.