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Flashpoint Discussion: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank vs US Gridlock
April 6, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
“The Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank vs US Gridlock”
David Edick Jr., President, San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC) and Linxuan Yan, Member, SDWAC
On March 12, the UK announced it would become the first G7 country to join the Chinese-led Asian Investment and Infrastructure Bank, which could become a rival to the World Bank. Can China be integrated into the pre-existing financial order while sustaining free market principles? Will US resistance to international financial reform encourage China to build its own parallel system from scratch? Has a parallel system already begun to form? Panelists David Edick Jr and Linxuan Yan will address these questions and offer perspective on potential future developments.
About David Edick, Jr.
David Edick Jr is President of the San Diego World Affairs Council. He has been a member of the Council since 1989. David is also Secretary and Immediate Past President of the San Diego International Sister Cities Association, with which he has been active since 1992.
David graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Political Economy. He has long been active in the fields of international trade, investment banking, and nonprofit civil society affairs. David lived and worked in Russia in the 1990′s – primarily in Vladivostok and the Russian Far East where he owned an importer and wholesaler of food products. In the late 1990′s David worked with Vtoroi Finansovyi Dom – a British-Russia investment bank based in Moscow. He also has considerable on-the-ground business experience in Mexico accumulated in part while working as Executive Vice President of Cortez Seafoods, Inc. David is an independent financial & management consultant focusing on energy, commodities, Russia, political risk, and global financial markets.
About Linxuan Yan
Linxuan Yan is now PhD student at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience in Scripps Research Institute and also a volunteer at San Diego World Affairs Council. Coming from China, he graduated from Peking University in 2012 with a bachelor degree of science. Though being a scientist, Linxuan has a broad range of interests in areas such as economy, history and politics. Particularly, he has a keen insight into contemporary international relations. Recently, Linxuan has written an article, titled “What Does a Westward-Looking China Mean for the Future of the China-Japan Relationship”, analyzing the history, the present, and the future of China-Japan relationship within a grand context of the evolution of China’s global strategy since 1949.
5:30 pm: Registration and Reception
6:00 pm: Presentation begins
7:30 pm: Presentation ends
8:00 pm: Wrap-up, doors close
Free to members registered through April 3rd, $10 after April 3rd
$10 for general public registered through April 3rd, $20 after April 3rd