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The State of U.S.-China Relations

On Thursday, June 16, the Center hosted an off-the-record discussion of the state of U.S.-China relations in light of tensions in the South China Sea. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Abraham Denmark, who attended the recent U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, led the meeting. Former Ambassador Richard Solomon, Senior Fellow at the RAND

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"The ultimate question confronting Washington, however, is how it defines its national interests in Asia."

-Kyle Churchman

"We have amassed all the downsides of empire, while seeing few of its benefits. And within many Washington foreign-policy circles, the solution to the problems our approach has created is to double down."

-John Allen Gay

"Globalization, refugee flows, and the spread of technology provide extremists with opportunities to spread their message and recruit supporters around the world...The Orlando attack, insofar as it was homegrown yet influenced by terrorists abroad, may prove to be a harbinger of future attacks."

-Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

"A Trump-Rubio ticket would enable a Trump-neocon rapprochement...This might go a long way towards ending the schism created by his rise — and the neocons currently mourning his candidacy could achieve redemption."

-Jacob Heilbrunn

"Either the will of the people is supreme or it isn’t, and if Donald Trump has won the support needed to prevail in the Republican nominating process, he deserves at least the public appearance of respect from the president while Mr. Obama is traveling abroad."

-Paul J. Saunders

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2016 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD DINNER HONORING SENATORS TIM KAINE AND PAT ROBERTS

The Center for the National Interest honored Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) with its 2016 Distinguished Service Awards on May 23 in Washington, DC. Center President Dimitri Simes delivered the evening’s opening remarks. Center Vice Chairman Dov Zakheim introduced Senator Kaine and Center Chairman Charles Boyd introduced Senator Roberts. After brief speeches

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