On November 15-17 United States President Barack Obama will pay his first-ever visit to China, as part of his maiden presidential visit through the East Asia region. Expectations for the visit are high and the list of issues on the summit agenda are lengthy and complex. The U.S.-China relationship is widely seen as the most important in international relations today, as Beijing and Washington are actors on every continent and on virtually every issue of global and regional importance.
In his lecture, Professor David Shambaugh, a veteran scholar of Sino-American relations for more than three decades, will assess the current range of issues facing the two governments as well as the broader global, regional, and historical context to the relationship. While the US and China face a broad number of pressing challenges, both must be mindful of the broader geopolitical and historical context that shapes their relationship, he argues.
There are many signs for optimism in U.S.-China relations today, as the bilateral relationship is at its best in 20 years. The lecture will detail the reasons for optimism as well as cautionary factors impinging on the global partnership Washington is trying to forge with Beijing, the evolving strategic balance in Asia, and complex bilateral relationship.
DATE: Tuesday, November 10
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER Professor Shambaugh is currently a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the China Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of World Economics & Politics in Beijing for a year. He has also been a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution since 1998.
He is a frequent commentator on Chinese and Asian affairs in the international media, sits on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals, and has served as a consultant to various governments, research institutes, and private corporations. He has authored or edited 25 books, approximately 200 articles and book chapters, and 100 opinion-editorials and book reviews. His most recent books, both published in 2008, are China’s Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation and International Relations of Asia (with Michael Yahuda).
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