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“China, Energy & U.S. Security” Symposium to Be Held at Pomona College

Pomona College will hold a symposium on “China, Energy and the U.S.” on Thursday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center (Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). There is no charge to attend.

China's worldwide search for energy and industrial raw materials, driven by its huge industrial expansion and an expanding consumer economy, directly challenges America's long domination of the energy marketplace. Once an oil exporter, China is now responsible for almost one-third of the world's growth in oil demand. China's government-run oil search is turning to Iran, Venezuela, the Sudan, while China also extends its trade network in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Already Chinese energy needs are seriously competing with American energy demands. With energy consumption soaring in both countries, the conference organizers believe that it is imperative that the U.S. find ways of accommodating China's economic growth, without injuring our own.

The symposium will be chaired by Michael Armacost, a former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the Republic of the Philippines, who is currently at Stanford University’s Institute for International Studies--Asia/Pacific Research Center. Armacost previously led the Brookings Institution.

Topics to be covered include:

  • China's economic growth and her energy needs (9-10:30 a.m.), by David Fridley, leader of the China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory;
  • China's world energy quest (10:45 a.m.–noon), by Mikkal Herberg, director of the Asian Security Program, at the National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle;
  • The U.S. and World Energy Markets (1:30–3 p.m.), by Edward Chow, a former fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. and currently a consultant on world energy availability;
  •  Issues for U.S. National Security (3:15-4:45 p.m.), by Minxin Pei, senior associate and director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
    Liang Congjie, founder of Friends of Nature, China, will give a luncheon presentation (noon-1:30 p.m.).

The symposium is organized by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College in cooperation with the Pomona College Economics Department and the Pomona Student Union. For more information, call (909) 607-8065.

The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College is dedicated to expanding and enhancing comity and shared knowledge among the nations and cultures on the Pacific Ocean. Pomona College has been a leader in Asian Studies among American college and universities since the turn of the century.