Global Media Consultant, China Specialist, & Former NBC & ABC News Correspondent
With a career focusing on China, Vietnam, and Cambodia spanning fifty years, Jim Laurie provides first hand expertise on this rapidly changing Asian region. A frequent visitor to the region, Laurie most recently provided media and business consulting services in Beijing for two months in 2019 and eight months in 2018. Read More >
In October 2018, Vice President Mike Pence delivered in Washington a policy speech that amounted to a declaration of a ‘new all-out cold war” on China. The Trump Administration has also been engaged in an on-going trade war with China which may have significant economic consequences for both nations. At the same time the Pew Research Center reported in August 2019 that more Americans have an unfavorable view of China than ever before. 60% of Americans see China unfavorably and a quarter of those now see China as the biggest threat to the United States. Read More >
Laurie examines what is a remarkable turn of events in the thirty years since “normalization” of relations between the United States in China. From his 2019 experiences inside China, he describes Chinese views today. He analyzes the sources of friction and the rule of Communist leader Xi Jinping. Drawing on his long acquaintance with China dating to 1978, he explores the relationship as it began under reformist leader Deng Xiaoping.
A slew of books have been published with titles like The Coming China Wars, Destined for War, and The Coming Conflict with China. What is the future of China-American relations? What can be done to address the new crisis? Jim Laurie’s talk will provide important answers. All talks are illustrated with slides and videos. Read Less ^
Jim Laurie presents a series of compelling stories of Indochina yesterday and today. This is an ideal presentation for international travelers on route to the region or University or historical organizations seeking first hand observations from the region. Read More >
Laurie first visited Vietnam and Cambodia in the Spring of 1970. He was a witness to the collapse of US efforts in Cambodia and the fall of Saigon five years later. He has visited the two nations nearly every second year since, most recently in 2019.
April 2020 marks 45 years since the defeat of American backed governments in Cambodia and Vietnam.
In a talk illustrated with videos and photographs of the war period, Laurie tells a very personal story of “War, Love, and Betrayal”: which is the theme of his new memoir of the 1970’s to be published in 2020.
In addition to his unique historical perspective, Laurie reflects on Vietnam and Cambodia today as two of Asia fastest growing economies. Together the two countries attract 21.3 million tourists each year. Read Less ^
In an illustrated lecture based on extensive visits to China in 2018 and 2019, Jim Laurie tries to answer some leading questions about China today. Read More >
Will China overtake America as an economic powerhouse?
Is engagement (practiced from 1979 to 2015) with China dead?
Is China returning to the dictatorship style of Chairman Mao with Xi Jinping as President for life?
Is the Hua Wei Company’s 5 G technology a danger to America?
How is Chinese media trying to influence you?
Can the Great Chinese Firewall shape the minds of a billion Chinese? And turn them against America.
These and other questions are discussed in a unique look inside China today from an observer who has been involved with China since 1978. Read Less ^