China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
Over the past four decades, China has become the largest and perhaps the most important educational partner with the US. With globalization and internationalization, students and scholars mobility, and knowledge sharing and exchanges have become the bedrock of knowledge advances and technology progress. Against this backdrop, more than 1.6 million Chinese students have gone overseas to study in the US. Hundreds of Chinese universities and research institutions have developed active research and exchange programs with their American counterparts. After decades of educational partnership and government-sponsored exchanges, due to the growing trade frictions and significant concerns about intellectual property protection, the current US administration has seemingly changed its policy orientation towards China recently. There are increasing signs that the Sino-US cooperation in higher education may experience a serious jolt for the first time in four decades. As such, it is now the time to take a critical look at what has been done in the past and present, and tackle the challenges and opportunities for future cooperation. Hence, this panel serves to shed light on sources of the tensions, and areas of the common interest and benefit between higher education sectors in the two countries—from the perspectives of joint venture operations, sociology of knowledge (academic culture and academic freedom), trade war impact, and political and geopolitical changes—so that a new foundation for continuing cooperation in this difficult time and in the years to come can be established with resilience and dynamics.