I am honored to be asked to be a contributor to a new electronic newspaper hosted in the UK and partnered with the the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and other academic institutions. My first piece appears here: http://thebricspost.com/us-china-relations-where-to-from-here/#.UQJ54Ia3unh
My heart goes out to the Syrian people who are being killed, and I pray that the violence there would end soon. But I must note that the political rhetoric coming out of Ambassador Susan Rice’s mouth is a bit appalling. For one, to say that Russia and China have blood on their hands for vetoing the UN resolution conveniently ignores the fact that opposition groups the U.S. and Western nations have supported are just as bad or possibly worse than the ones deposed. Amnesty International has recently reported that there is widespread torture in Libya today by the freedom fighters that NATO backed. The Egyptian military who receives aid and training from the U.S., continues to torture its citizens as well. And now that U.S. troops have withdrawn from Iraq, Maliki ordered a wave of arrests, encircled ministers’ homes with tanks, and quickly consolidated power in the same fashion as Saddam Hussein. Many believe Iraq is now on the verge of a civil war. This is after hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths have already resulted from the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 as reported by Lancet. It is clear that something must be done to end the violence. But using charged political rhetoric to justify another invasion in order to install another dictator is the height of irresponsibility.
- 1. Invest in education.
Education is the most important foundation that the U.S. can invest in, and test scores across the country are rapidly falling behind the rest of the world. Instead of having children aspire to become reality television stars, encourage exposure to productive, high value professions. Change public attitude toward teachers to hold them in higher esteem. Continue reading
Welcome to the official website of the book, What the U.S. Can Learn from China. You can navigate through the site using the menu above to find out when Ann Lee’s next speaking engagements will take place, what she has to say about various issues in the media, and how to book her for future commentary, especially about China, the U.S., and the opportunities for improvement in both nations .
While America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis, a high unemployment rate, and a surge in government debt, China’s economy is the second largest in the world and many predict will surpass the U.S. by 2020. President Obama called China’s rise “a Sputnik moment”—will America seize this moment or continue to treat China as its scapegoat?
Many in mainstream media and in the U.S.government regularly target China as a threat. Rather than viewing China’s power, influence, and contributions to the global economy in a negative light, Ann Lee asks: What can America learn from its competition? Why did China suffer so little from the global economic meltdown? What accounts for China’s extraordinary growth, despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? How does the Chinese political system avoid partisan rancor but achieve genuine public accountability? From education to governance to foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the U.S. can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home. Continue reading