The June 2013 Sunnylands meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama demonstrated the increasing importance that both leaders attach to a close and constructive relationship between the United States and China. Both leaders increasingly view the bilateral relationship in regional and global terms. But as both countries prepare for high level bilateral talks in the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, they also confront significant regional and global tensions across a wide range of issues from maritime disputes in Asia to the challenges posed to the international system by the crisis in Ukraine. How has the new type of bilateral relationship proposed at Sunnylands been put into practice, and what does it mean for the rest of the region?
On Tuesday, June 24, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center hosted a delegation of Brookings Institution foreign policy scholars for a public panel discussion at Tsinghua University in Beijing to explore the developments in China's foreign policy and Sino-U.S. relations and to address the implications of recent events on the evolution of the international system.
Photos by Hou Xiaojun