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The Contest of the Century by Geoff Dyer

Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)

The Contest of the Century by Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer, former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief gives us a balanced and far-seeing analysis of the emerging competition that will dominate 21st century geopolitics. China’s plan to globalize the yuan and their recent claim to airspace in the East China Sea has signaled a power push.  Dyer paints vivid pictures of the places that are defining this new era of competition, from China’s James Bond-style underground submarine base, through Vietnam and Malaysia and Brazil, to the cafés in Burma where activists plotted campaigns against Chinese influence.  He argues that if Washington can adjust to a world in which it is no longer dominant but still immensely powerful, it can retain its ability to set the global agenda in the face of China’s challenge.

This event is co-sponsored by Asia Society.


Geoff Dyer is the journalist for the Financial Times and has been a correspondent in China, the U.S. and Brazil. He is the recipient of a Fulbright award and of several journalism awards, including one Society of Publishers in Asia award for a series of 2010 opinion pieces about China’s role in the world. He studied at Cambridge University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives with his family in Washington D.C

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Mechanics' Institute - 4th Floor Meeting Room
57 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94104

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PST)


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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room

The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

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