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February 02, 2011

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Andrew Mertha


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Andrew Mertha (PhD, '01), Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

Ambivalent Allies: China, Cambodia, and the Politics of Mutual Resistance

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

February 8, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

In this talk, Professor Mertha will sketch the relationship between the China and Democratic Kampuchea (DK) between 1975 and 1979. His particular focus is on Chinese foreign aid, infrastructure assistance, and trade, and he argues that the Sino-DK relationship was complex and contradictory, reflecting the domestic convulsions of the two countries as it evolved. It was not simply a response to the downturn in Sino-Vietnamese relations; nor was it a function of revolutionary solidarity. Beijing’s support for the regime in Phnom Penh was based on international commercial and strategic interests which suggest important continuities with Chinese external aid, assistance, and investment today.

Andrew Mertha is associate professor of government at Cornell University, specializing in Chinese and Cambodian politics. His Ph.D. (2001) is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Mertha has written two books, The Politics of Piracy: Intellectual Property in Contemporary China (Cornell University Press, 2005) and China’s Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change (Cornell University Press, 2008) and has articles published in The China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, International Organization, and Orbis/. He has provided public testimony for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, briefed the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and in July 2009 accompanied a U.S. congressional staff delegation to Beijing, Xinjiang, and Shanghai to discuss issues of terrorism and narcotics trafficking. He has appeared on National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Voice of America. Altogether he has lived in China for seven years as an English teacher (1988-1989), a representative for a toy company (1991-1994, 1995, and 1996), and as a scholar (1998-present). Professor Mertha is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Association for Asian Studies, and the National Committee on US-China Relations, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Comparative Politics.

Posted by zzhu at February 2, 2011 11:44 AM