Author, China expert Greg Anderson to speak on China’s growing economy, auto industry, capitalism


Greg Anderson, author of “Designated Drivers:  How China Plans to Dominate the Global Auto Industry,” will speak at Cal State San Bernardino about China’s booming economy of the past three decades and whether it represents a sustainable model over free-market capitalism of the West, which is slowly emerging from a deep financial recession.

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Anderson’s presentation, “Is China Winning? State Capitalism and Cars in the People’s Republic,” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, from 2-4 p.m. in CSUSB’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, room 514.

The lecture is free and open to the public; parking at the university is $5.

The presentation will focus on how China’s unprecedented rate of growth over the past three decades, combined with a financial crisis in the West, have led many to question whether free-market capitalism is the better system for generating sustainable economic growth, or if China’s state-controlled system is the more viable model.

Anderson is a specialist in finance and Chinese political economy who has both lived and frequently traveled to China over the past 20 years. His consulting practice, Pacific Rim Advisors, provides information to potential investors and companies on political risk mitigation, business-government relations and business strategies. Clients range from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 multinational corporations with operations in Asia.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana Tech University, his M.B.A. from Golden State University, a master’s in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco and a doctorate in political science from UCLA.


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Anderson’s book, “Designated Drivers,” published in 2012, examined the Chinese government’s involvement with that country’s auto industry. He researched not only how China surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest market for autos, but also on the political principles that have shaped China’s approach to industrial planning in general.

According to the book’s website, “The picture that emerges is of a central government certain of what it wants, but willing to break its own rules to achieve higher level goals. It also reveals the inherent weaknesses

in China’s state-centric system that may prevent it from becoming the innovator and industrial power it aspires to become.”

Anderson’s lecture is sponsored by CSUSB’s National Endowment of the Humanities Grant. For more information on the event, contact Rueyling Chuang, faculty director of CSUSB’s Center of International Studies, at or (909) 537-7537.

For more information on Anderson and his work, visit the “Designated Drivers:  How China Plans to Dominate the Global Auto Industry” website.

For more information, contact the Cal State San Bernardino Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit