What’s Next for China?

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    Matt Murray '95 spent six years in China and now works as has serves as a special assistant in the U.S. State Department.
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    Deborah Lehr, director of the Paulson Institute and an expert on Chinese trade policies.
January 28, 2013
Feb. 5 panel will have answers and insights from experts Deborah Lehr and Matthew Murrray ’95, including how Chinese economic policies affect the United States.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—For the past 40 years, China has aggressively grown its economy into the second largest in the world, poised to overtake the United States for the top spot by 2030.  But is China’s growth really sustainable? At what cost to the environment and society? And how does Chinese economic policy affect the United States?

Two experts on China—economist Deborah Lehr and State Department officer Matthew Murray—will offer their perspectives on these questions during a panel discussion at Washington College on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Titled “What’s Next for China? Implications for U.S. Policy,” the event will take place in Hynson Lounge and is free and open to the public. Andrew Oros, associate professor of political science and international studies at the College, will serve as moderator.

Deborah Lehr is the Director of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which encourages cooperation between the United States and China to promote sustainable economic growth and environmental initiatives. Previously, she served as senior advisor to the chair and CEO of Merrill Lynch and was a senior managing director at the New York Stock Exchange focused on emerging markets. She also was one of the youngest Directors of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and served as a deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for China, helping negotiate China’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

Outside her work with the Institute, Lehr has built a successful consulting business representing Western and Chinese companies seeking to expand their operations in China and third markets. Her high-profile clients have included J.P. Morgan, Pfizer, Sesame Workshop, Sony Music and Boeing.

Matthew Murray, a 1995 graduate of Washington College, spent six years in China at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and is a graduate of the Foreign Service Institute’s two-year Mandarin language training program. He earned three Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State for his work on U.S.-China relations and on U.S. economic relations with Asia. He also has served in the American embassies in Tanzania and India and received several Meritorious Honor Awards for his work, including his trade-promotion efforts in support of the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

 Murray earned master’s degrees from the U.S. Army War College and the University of Pittsburgh. He now serves as a special assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. He holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Army War College and the University of Pittsburgh.

The Feb. 5 event at Washington College is sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs. For more information, visit

Last modified on Jan. 28th, 2013 at 5:54pm by Kay MacIntosh.