The U.S.-China relationship is at a crossroads. The Trump administration’s recent statements on issues such as the South China Sea, the One China Policy, and North Korea’s missile launch have disrupted America’s traditional approach to China, creating more uncertainty than coherence. At the same time, leaders in Beijing are acting more assertively in Asia, more mercantilist in their economic strategies, and more authoritarian in their domestic policies. How will the Trump administration’s policy on China evolve in the coming years? Will the cornerstones of modern Sino-U.S. relations—such as the One China Policy—remain unchanged? Join Asia Society as we convene leading experts to discuss where America’s relationship with China is headed under the Trump administration. The event will also launch a new Asia Society report, “U.S. Policy Toward China: Recommendations for a New Administration,” which identifies six contentious, high-priority issues where U.S. interests are immediately at stake and where missteps could undermine the foundation of the U.S.-China relationship. The Task Force’s report provides guidance and policy recommendations for the U.S. which will defend U.S. interests and encourage China to act in productive ways. Read the Task Force report at www.AsiaSociety.org/USChinaTaskForce.
12:00-12:30 Registration and Lunch
12:30-2:00 Dialogue and Audience Q&A;
Location: Wilson Sonsini Goordrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304
Karl Eikenberry, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow, Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative; Faculty, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations
Susan Shirk, Research Professor; Chair, 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
We invite Karl Eikenberry (Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center), Orville Schell (Director at Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York) and Susan Shirk (Research Professor and Chair at 21st Century China Center, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy) to discuss.
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Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow, Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative and faculty member at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. He is a Stanford University Professor of Practice, and an affiliate at the FSI Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Center for International Security Cooperation and The Europe Center.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.
Before appointment as Chief of Mission in Kabul, Ambassador Eikenberry had a thirty-five year career in the United States Army, retiring in April 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant General. His military operational posts included commander and staff officer with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental United states, Hawaii, Korea, Italy and Afghanistan as the Commander of the American-led Coalition forces from 2005 to 2007.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of numerous books on China, most recently Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century. Schell was born in New York City, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University in the 1960s, and earned a Ph.D. (Abd) at the University of California, Berkeley in Chinese History.
Susan Shirk is research professor and chair of the 21st Century China Center at the School. She is one of the most influential experts working on U.S.-China relations and Chinese politics.
Shirk’s book “China: Fragile Superpower” helped frame the policy debate on China in the U.S. and other countries. Her articles have appeared in leading academic publications in the fields of political science, international relations and China studies, and her views on a range of issues relating to modern Chinese politics are highly sought.
She previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state (1997-2000), responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia and she founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial forum for discussions of security issues.