The world is confronting unique changes in relations among the United States, Europe, and China, which have been further exacerbated by COVID-19.
China’s party-state has become considerably more assertive in a number of areas, including an aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomacy, mercantilist trade behaviour, and intensifying domestic social repression. These trends have significantly altered American and European perceptions of’, and interactions with, China. What do these changes mean for the transatlantic relationship? How should governments, experts, and civil society members on both sides of the Atlantic forge a closer consensus on the challenges posed by China?
This Asia Scotland Institute webinar will consider these differing transatlantic perceptions to determine what should be done to achieve greater consensus to deliver a more effective response to unwanted Chinese assertiveness. To provide context and the framework for discussion the Institute is extremely fortunate to be able to use a recently published report on the subject.
The Asia Society Centre on U.S.-China Relations, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and the George Washington University China Policy Program recently published the subject report, addressing the changing U.S. and European views of, and relations with, China titled “Dealing with the Dragon: China as a Transatlantic Challenge”. This report is the outgrowth of a symposium that brought together 43 of America’s and Europe’s top China experts to identify areas of common interest and divergence across the Atlantic.
You can view the Report here:
On the panel to discuss these issues:
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 15 books, 10 of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation, and The New York Review of Books. His most recent book, with John Delury, is Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century (Random House, 2013).
Rana Mitter – is a historian and political scientist, currently Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China; Director of the University of Oxford China Centre; Fellow of St Cross College from Oxford University specialising in Contemporary Chinese politics – government, international relations, society and culture, He also contributed to the report)
Ellison Laskowski is a senior fellow in the Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. She previously served as a foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department where she was special assistant to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, advising her on Asia-Pacific and economic issues. She has broad experience working on Northeast Asia, including the U.S.-China relationship. She also served as the State Department’s lead on U.S.-China military and security issues with the Department of Defense. Ellison also worked as a senior policy advisor for China in the State Department’s Global Engagement Center
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