Rollins hosts China Goes Global Conference

Rollins recently hosted the 13th China Goes Global (CGG) Conference, where more than 70 international scholars, educators, and business leaders presented their research related to the globalization of Chinese enterprises in the 21st century.

Wenxian Zhang, professor and head of archives and special collections at Olin Library, served as the 2019 conference chair, and more than a dozen faculty members were in attendance. Jim Johnson, an international business professor at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business, presented “China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative and the Port of Trieste.” International business professor Marc Sardy and Chu Chu ’18 discussed their collaborative work on the effectiveness of Chinese shrimp tariffs, while emeritus professor of political science Thomas D. Lairson shared his research on U.S.-China strategic interactions. Additionally, communication professor Ruonan Zhang discussed her recent research project—which received this year’s Best PhD Paper Award from the Chinese Globalization Association—that investigates the public relations impact of the U.S.-China trade war.

Business professor Mary Conway Dato-on and Asian studies professor Li Wei served as session chairs and discussion moderators, and Zhang, Wei and education professor Jie Yu made a lunchtime presentation on “Rollins & China.” As a part of the conference program, the Rollins Debate Team held a live debate in front of the international scholars and Rollins students discussing the topic, “Should the United States Severely Restrict Huawei’s Business?” 

The China Goes Global Conference has its roots in a 2006 conference that took place at Rollins and has since grown into an internationally recognized endeavor that examines one of the world’s most pressing issues of our time: the rise of China as a global economic power and the continual globalization of contemporary China and its profound impact on the global economy. Next year’s conference will take place August 5-7, 2020, at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.