March 19, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Bucknell University will host leading scholars and experts on Chinese politics, economics, history, foreign affairs, and science and technology April 3 and 4 for the "China and Innovation: Past, Present and Future" conference.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will include panel discussions and two keynote addresses.

"We will examine the role of innovation in China — what it has done, what it is doing now and where the country is headed in the increasingly competitive world," said Zhiqun Zhu, associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell. Zhu also serves as director of the China Institute at Bucknell which has organized this conference. || See complete conference schedule

Keynote talks
John Mearsheimer will give the opening address, "Can China Rise Peacefully?," Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

A renowned international relations theorist, Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. A graduate of West Point and five-year U.S. Air Force veteran, Mearsheimer received his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs from 1980–82 and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1982.

He is the author of five books including The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), winner of the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize which has been translated into eight languages; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (with Stephen M. Walt, 2007) a New York Times best seller which has been translated into 21 languages; and his most recent, Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics (2011), which has been translated into 10 languages.

Mearsheimer has written numerous articles in academic journals and many op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times dealing with U.S. foreign policy issues. In recent years, he has attempted to use his theory of "offensive realism" to interpret and predict China's rise as a global power and what it means for the international system.

Dongbai Ye will give the luncheon address, "China's Innovation-Driven Development Strategies," on Friday, April 4, at noon in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

Ye is the counselor for science and technology in the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York. He has served in China's Ministry of Science and Technology for nearly 30 years and as the Vice Mayor of Anshan City in Lianoning Province. Before his assignment in New York, Ye was the Minister-Counselor for science and technology in the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Japan.

Other invited speakers include scholars from Cornell, MIT, UPenn, Virginia, Iowa, Pittsburgh, West Chester, California State, US International Trade Commission, etc. as well as senior managers from GE and IBM. The conference also will highlight research by several Bucknell faculty.

Members of the Bucknell community are welcome to join with speakers for several panel discussions on April 4 in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center. Topics include Chinese Innovation in History, beginning at 8:40 a.m.; Innovation in Business and Economics at 10:50 a.m.; Innovation in Politics and Governance at 1:30 p.m.; and Innovation in Science and Technology at 3:20 p.m.

Following the panel discussions, a reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery of the Samek Art Museum on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. The reception will feature an exhibition of paintings by primary school students from Yunnan Province, collected during Bucknell University's first service-learning trip to China last May.

"The China Institute aims to promote teaching, learning and research about China at Bucknell University. This is the Institute’s first international conference that brings leading scholars and experts to campus," Zhu said.

"Events like this are great opportunities for anyone who wishes to learn more about China and engage in discussions and debates about China. My colleagues and I at the China Institute hope that our community, especially our students, will benefit from the conference."