The 2019 Camden Conference — “Is This China’s Century?” — will explore China as it emerges as a major global power, and faces complex challenges in its domestic economic, social, environmental and political affairs and its relations with Asian neighbors, the United States and the broader international community. The Conference takes place February 22, 23 and 24, 2019, at the Camden Opera House.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Jacques, will introduce the topic on Friday evening, Feb. 22. He is the author of “When China rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order.” Jacques is a senior fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Saturday morning, Feb. 23, will begin with a focus on Chinese society today. Yuen Yuen Ang, an associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan is the author of “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap.”

The next session will be presented by Kaiser Kuo, the founder and host of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly, uncensored discussion of political and economic affairs in China.

Wrapping up the morning, Elizabeth Economy will address the Chinese Communist party and leadership. She is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Saturday afternoon will address three specific aspects of China. Dr. Yasheng Huang will cover the Chinese Economy. Huang is the international program professor in Chinese Economy and Business and a professor of Global Economics and Management, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

George Yip is associate dean for Executive Programmes at Imperial College Business School, in London. He was previously professor of Strategy and co-director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School, in Shanghai. He will address Chinese Technology and Innovation.

Ma Jun will close out the afternoon speaking on China and the Environment. Mr. Ma is director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Beijing, a leading environmental NGO.

Sunday’s program will shift to looking at China from the outside. Wu Xinbo and Yuki Tatsumi will discuss China and her neighbors. Dr. Wu is professor and dean of the Institute of International Studies and director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, in Shanghai. Yuki Tatsumi is co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center, in Washington, DC.

In the final session, Robert Daly will address U.S.-China relations He is director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in Washington.

The Conference will be streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and USM in Portland. Conference registration is now open and is available to purchase online at