2022 marks the beginning of the 6th year during which the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China has entered an unstoppable downward spiral. It was in this context President Xi Jinping and President Joseph Biden held a virtual meeting on November 15, 2021. President Xi proposed that the consequential relationship should be buttressed by the commitment to the principle of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation. President Biden underscored the importance of managing strategic risks and the need for common-sense guardrails to ensure that competition does not veer into conflict. The two leaders have reached a consensus on how to stabilize the relationship, find ways to compete orderly and peacefully and look for areas where the two governments could coordinate and even cooperate to anchor global peace and prosperity. Against this backdrop, the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) and The Carter Center have decided to organize an online dialogue for prominent Chinese and American experts to reflect on what the two nations must do to responsibly manage the volatile bilateral relationship so that it does not destroy the dividends of four decades of engagement, force other countries in the world to choose side and allow rivalry to escalate into an arms race, possible proxy wars or even direct conflict. More importantly, the two nations need to find means to reduce distrust and work together to respond to global challenges and resolve regional conflicts.
This online meeting is supported by the Ford Foundation, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the China Research Center in Atlanta and Center for International Business Education & Research of Georgia Institute of Technology.
8:00 pm — 8:05 pm
Opening Remarks by Dr. Yawei Liu, Senior Advisor on China, The Carter Center
8:05 pm — 9:00 pm
Panel I: How to Manage the Bilateral Relationship Responsibly?
Moderator: Rickey Bevington, President, World Affairs Council of Atlanta
- He Yafei, Former Vice Ministry, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Susan Thornton, Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School
- Shao Yuqun, Director of Institute for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
- Anna Ashton, Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
9:00 pm — 9:55 pm
Panel II: Where and How Can the U.S. and China Cooperate?
Moderator: Dr. Robert A. Kapp, Former President, US-China Business Council
- Su Ge, Former President, China Institute of International Studies
- Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of Political Science, Boston University
- Su Xiaohui, Deputy Director, Department for American Studies, China Institute of International Studies
- Denis Simon, Senior Advisor to the President for China Affairs, Duke University
9:55 pm — 10:00 pm
Closing Remarks by Dr. Tao Tao, Deputy Secretary General, CPAPD
The dialogue is not open to public. If you are invited, please click this link to register.