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Forty Years of U.S.-China Relations


Washington, D.C.

DATE: Tuesday, May 1
TIME: 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington, D.C.

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The United States and China are approaching the 40th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations. To commemorate this historic milestone, CSIS is hosting a half-day event on the morning of May 11, 2018, to discuss the twists and turns in the relationship over the last four decades and the challenges that lay ahead. The conference will feature key policy figures and experts from both the United States and China. We will begin with a keynote address from a current member of Congress, then have two star-studded panels discussing “The First 40 Years” and “The Next 40 Years,” and then wrap up with a luncheon armchair discussion featuring former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai.

8:30-9:15: Introductory Remarks, John Hamre, President, CSIS
Keynote Speech: Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)

9:25-10:40: Panel 1: The First Forty

  • Mr. James Mann, Scholar-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • Amb. Charlene Barshefsky, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Dr. Suisheng (Sam) Zhao, Director, Center for China-U.S. Cooperation, University of Denver
  • Dr. Wang (Henry) Huiyao, President, Center for China and Globalization
  • Moderator: Dr. Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

10:50-12:00: Panel 2: The Next Forty

  • Mr. Daniel H. Rosen, Partner, The Rhodium Group
  • Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Jeane Kirkpatrick Scholar, AEI
  • Dr. Chen Dongxiao, President, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
  • Mr. Wang Wen, Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
  • Moderator: Ms. Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia & Director, China Power Project, CSIS

12:00-1:30: Luncheon & Armchair Discussion: US-China Relations at a Crossroad

  • Sec. William S. Cohen, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Cohen Group
  • Amb. Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States
  • Moderator: Mr. Christopher K. Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS
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