Panel Discussion | March 26 | 6 p.m. | Alumni House
Ronnie C. Chan, Hang Lung Properties; Manfred Lahnstein, Board of Trustees, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius; Kristina Spohr, Johns Hopkins SAIS - School of Advanced International Studies; Theo Sommer, former editor-in-chief, DIE ZEIT; Christoph von Marschall, journalist, Der Tagesspiegel
This fireside discussion is part of the symposium "Entangling the Pacific and Atlantic Worlds. Past and Present", which is organized by the German Historical Institute Washington and ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
At his event, former friends and companions of Helmut Schmidt will discuss his role in connecting China and the West. Helmut Schmidt, who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1974 to 1982, was a pioneer among Western political leaders in recognizing this transformation and, in particular, Chinas economic and political rise. The German chancellor strove for a respectful dialogue and a partnership of equals at a time when the world was still divided into communist and capitalist camps. Building on Schmidts reflections about the remaking of the global order, this symposium will analyze the unfolding situation and its historical background. Scholars, policy experts, and journalists will discuss the changing relationship between the Atlantic and Pacific regions, and the growing complexity of a world with multiple and competing poles.