Blaming China
It Might Feel Good, but is it Good for America? 

Benjamin Shobert

Friday 30 November 2018

Uncertainty continues in the trade war as its effects start their way through the world economy.  Join us this Friday, Nov. 30 where Benjamin Shobert will explain what this means for both countries now and in the future.

As the United States wrestles with a polarized society, often dysfunctional government, and insecurities about its economic future and place in the world, China may provide a convenient scapegoat. Benjamin Shobert believes this would be short-sighted, potentially destabilizing the world order taken for granted over the past forty years. Join us Friday, Nov. 30 for thought provoking discussion of the issues raised in Shobert’s new book ‘Blaming China – It Might Feel Good but It Won’t Fix America’s Economy’.

About our speaker:  Benjamin Shobert is Senior Associate for International Health at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He advises and contributes to NBR research programs on international health in Asia.  Mr. Shobert is also the Director of Strategy for health business at Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research division, where he leads strategy engagements with national governments, providers, and the biotech community. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was Founder and Managing Director of Seattle-based Rubicon Strategy Group, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in market access work in China’s healthcare, life science, and senior care industries. For six years, Mr. Shobert wrote a column for the Asia Times on U.S.-China trade and economic policy, with a particular focus on how relations between the two countries were affected after the 2008 financial crisis.  A limited number of copies of Mr. Shobert's book will be available for purchase and signing.

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When:           Friday, Nov 30, 2018                                                    Schedule:                   
Where:         China Harbor Restaurant                                            6:30 pm Social
                        2040 Westlake Ave. North                                         7:00 pm Dinner
                                                                                                                  8:15 pm Speaker
Dinner:         $25 Members, $32 Non-members (Purchased on Eventbrite or by advance check)
                       $28 Members, $35 Non-members at the door

                       NEW!  Students (purchased on Eventbrite) $15

Menu:          Delicious!

For those paying by check:
                       Mail checks to (made out to ‘China Club of Seattle’): 
                        P.O. Box 13527
                        Mill Creek, WA   98082
To ensure adequate seating and meals for all attendees, RSVP with advance payment on Eventbrite or by check is due by 5:00pm, Thursday, Nov 29.  We cannot guarantee seating without RSVP and payment after that time unless special arrangement is made with Allen Gibbs.


The China Club holds five events a year. These events take place in September, November, January, March and May. Events normally take place the third Friday of the month.

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