This week I was invited to speak to global young leaders at the palatial Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy. Not only did I meet the policymakers of Italy, but also those from Brazil, Russia, Israel, Greece, and others. The meetings came from the initiative of the Eunomia Foundation and the cadre working for the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi. While I was there, the mayor was nominated to lead the Christian Democrats in Rome so he now has a shot at becoming the next Prime Minister of Italy. At the tender young age of 38, his charismatic style has fired up the imaginations of many Italians, but because the opposition within his own party became violent with jealousy, he was unable to return to Florence soon afterward. Instead, a press conference was held for me instead to communicate the possibilities of a brighter future. These meetings I hope will be a harbinger for better times to come to Italy. Below are a sampling of the press coverage I received while I was there:
I have been inundated with media requests for comments since China’s third plenum concluded Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Here are links to a sampling of my responses to their questions: http://adage.com/china/article/china-news/why-brands-should-pay-attention-to-chinas-third-plenum/245270/
In connection with my speaking engagement at the EUGEO conference in Rome on September 5-7, 2013, the Italian media published an interview with me regarding my views on China. It can be found here in Italian: http://www.agichina24.it/l-intervista/notizie/esperta-di-relazioni-cina-usa-sulla-crisi-siriana while the English translation is below:
1. G20 leaders are discussing military intervention in Syria at St. Petersburg’s summit. Does China join Russia in opposing military strikes? China will likely ask for UN agreement and not join Putin. It will keep its tradition of maintaining neutrality.
2. Professor Chen Qi, expert of U.S.-China relations at Tsinghua University, told AgiChina24 that Beijing would have more interests in supporting Washington rather then Moscow. Do you agree? I disagree. China has no interest in seeing this war escalating and has made its position public by saying that the rising oil prices that will result will hurt the global economy.
3. Do you think Obama Pivot policy in Asia has failed? Why? It depends on what the real intent of the pivot is meant to accomplish. If it is intended to derail China ‘s growth, it has not succeeded yet. If it is to provoke China into a military conflict, it has not succeeded yet either. If it is to transfer more military know how and strengthen military ties with certain allies such as Japan, it has succeeded. If it is trying to destabilize the region by creating more paranoia, it seems to be succeeding by straining relations with China.
4. How Sino-American relations developed after the informal meeting of last June in California? I don’t think the informal meeting between the two leaders has improved anything because the US agenda will be dominated by Obama’s policymakers, not Obama. Obama has proven that he doesn’t have enough leadership to win over Washington to his original mandate to stay out of wars but has instead just become another spokesman for the war hawks in Washington, not unlike George W Bush.
The media has been touting cyber security as the top agenda item at the upcoming meeting between Xi Jinping and President Obama. But if the official line is that, then one has to really wonder what the real agenda items are because we all know that the U.S. government is obsessed with keeping the most important things confidential especially when it comes to national security issues. I outline what I think is really going on in my latest post on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/annlee/2013/06/06/the-xi-obama-affair/
Many thanks to the judges who selected me to be the GOLD winner of the 2013 awards that were officially announced on May 7, 2013: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1653
I am very honored and hope to attend the celebration on May 29th. I was actually quite surprised when I heard the news since I had received much more interest in my book outside the U.S. than in the States, but nonetheless, I am truly grateful that counter conventional ideas are still appreciated. After all, learning something new should never be viewed as threatening but rather seen as a gift that is priceless.
Winter Storm Nemo had me bemoaning when I received an email from American Airlines informing me that my flight was canceled and that they were unsuccessful in re-booking on another flight me. I was hoping to celebrate Chinese New Year’s with my family, but as the old saying goes, “We plan and God laughs.” Well, an unexpected piece of good news came while I was experiencing cabin fever. I learned that WirtschaftsBlatt, Austria’s only business daily, had selected my book as one of their Top 10 Business Books of the year: http://wirtschaftsblatt.at/archiv/printimport/1342458/BUeCHERTOPTEN-ENGLISCH?from=suche.intern.portal
To the Austrians: Thanks for making the Year of the (Snowy) Snake a good one for me!
Thanks to Google Alerts, I woke up to this notification of what the Chinese have to say about my book. Sadly, it’s not the most flattering picture of me at the press conference..http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/8098826.html
Is the Chinese economy faltering? What is going on over there? I provide some insights into the rebalancing act happening in China in my latest Forbes post: http://blogs.forbes.com/annlee/
I wrote a piece for Forbes explaining that contrary to what many analysts say, the enormous investments in infrastructure in China will be good for the economy and also visionary on the part of China’s leadership: http://www.forbes.com/sites/annlee/2012/07/22/why-chinas-high-investment-levels-wont-hurt-them/