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Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao's recent lecture for the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing has been posted on Tencent QQ, China's largest online community that combines social media with Skype-like functions, chat, and instant messaging. (See Jerry's lecture, in Chinese, here). He lectured on U.S. local government financial planning and budgeting.
Zhao spoke at an event sponsored by the Unirule Institute of Economics in Beijing (the institute also is known as "Tianze"), an independent think tank focused on China Market Reform Initiative, made up of highly selective, elite, and progressive policy scholars and analysts.
"My talk on US Local Government Finance and Governance was sponsored by Tencent Foundation, as an issue of the 'Yanshan Forum,' a weekly public forum hosted by the law school at China University of Political Science and Law and Tencent, Inc.," explains Zhao. "Among the discussants on that date were several prominent Chinese scholars associated with Unirule Institute of Economics, Jiuding Public Policy Institute, Tsinghua University, Renmin University, and Chinese Social Science Academy, etc."
According to Humphrey School's Global Policy faculty member Sherry Gray, "...QQ probably gets far greater distribution that most US-based social media or online communities, so having this profiled here is great exposure for Prof. Zhao."