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The China debate: Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?

Past Event

The China debate: Are U.S. and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?

The first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency have coincided with an intensification in competition between the United States and China. Across nearly every facet of the relationship—trade, investment, technological innovation, military dialogue, academic exchange, relations with Taiwan, the South China Sea—tensions have risen and cooperation has waned. To some observers, the more competitive nature of U.S.-China relations was long in the making; to others, it is the outgrowth of recent decisions made by leaders in Washington and Beijing.

On Tuesday, October 30, Evan Osnos moderated a public debate about the future of U.S.-China relations. Two teams of distinguished experts examined whether or not U.S. and Chinese interests are “fundamentally incompatible,” as a recent survey by Foreign Affairs posed. Both sides considered areas where U.S. and Chinese vital interests converge and diverge, whether each country’s national ambitions are reconcilable with the other’s goals, how the United States can best manage great power competition with China, and how domestic politics factor in within each country.

This special event is cohosted by the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings and the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School.

Agenda

Introduction

Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?

YES

Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?

NO

David M. Lampton

Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies Emeritus - Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Susan A. Thornton

Senior Fellow - Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School

Former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs - U.S. Department of State

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