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2020: Engaging China in a New Era

China’s Global Rise: Engaging China in a New Era

Following the advice of public health experts, starting March 16, all events at Furman University are canceled through at least the end of March or being postponed. Engaging China in a New Era has been CANCELED. Plans are underway to reschedule for March 2021.

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

4 - 5:30 p.m. Beyond Bilateral Relations: Non-Government Efforts to Engage China
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception for all attendees
6:30 - 8 p.m. Trade, Security, and Transnational Issues

Event is free and open to the public. Please register.

United States-China relations have entered a new era, in which animosity and competition outstrip mutual understanding and cooperation. Relations are more strained today than at any moment since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations in 1979. Mistrust is high on both sides, and the Trump administration has accused China of a “whole of society attack” against the United States.

Yet never has it been more important for the two countries to cooperate. Global peace and prosperity depend on stable relations between the world’s two largest economies and militaries. A host of transnational issues can only be addressed through cooperative bilateral relations: combatting climate change, controlling pandemic disease, managing new technologies, addressing human rights violations, and more.

The US-China trade war threatens to disrupt global supply chains and global economic growth. Nations may feel forced to choose sides as U.S.-China relations continue to spiral towards a new cold war. Our speakers explore how government and non-government efforts can help realign the relationship while still addressing the challenges facing the two global powers.

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 5:30 p.m. Panel 1: Beyond Bilateral Relations: Non-Government Efforts to Engage China

Moderated by Katherine Palmer Kaup, PhD (bio)

Keynote Address: “Keeping the Relationship on Track: What to Do When Governments Feud”

Jan Berris (bio), Vice President, National Committee on United States-China Relations

“'A Whole of Society Attack?’ China’s Soft Power Initiatives and U.S. Policy Options”

Kaiser Kuo (bio), Editor-at-large,

“Human Rights in China—How Should the United States Respond to New Challenges?”

Maggie Lewis (bio), Professor of Law, Seton Hall

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: Reception for all attendees

6:30  8 p.m. Panel 2: Trade, Security, and Transnational Issues

Moderated by Katherine Palmer Kaup, PhD

Keynote Address: “New Challenges in the U.S.-China Relationship: Designing Strategic Responses”

Ambassador Craig Allen (bio), President, U.S.-China Business Council

“Governing Health in Contemporary China”

Yanzhong Huang (bio), Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

“Engaging China in Energy and Environmental Initiatives”

David Rank (bio), Senior Fellow, Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs;
Former Charge’ d’Affaires (acting Ambassador), U.S. Embassy, Beijing