Where Does America’s Relationship with China Go from Here?


On Thursday, July 25, the Center for the National Interest hosted a panel on the future of US/Chinese relations which discussed the ways American grand strategy can best position itself to remain a powerful force in East Asia in the decades to come.

No single nation will have a greater impact on America’s 21st century fortunes than the People’s Republic of China. As fault lines between the two states deepen on questions of security, trade, and the role of international institutions, it is not clear how America can find a way to cooperate with Beijing on areas of mutual strategic interests while also protecting itself against the threat of China’s rise. How can America best maintain its cooperation with China while simultaneously ensuring the protection of its own national interest?

The Center assembled an excellent, high-level panel to discuss these important questions:

The first panelist to speak was Dr. Kurt Campbell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Asia Group, a strategic advisory and capital management group specializing in the dynamic Asia Pacific region. Dr. Campbell was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security, an organization at which he continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Joining Dr. Campbell was Dr. Michael Auslin, a prominent American writer, policy analyst, historian, and Asia expert. Dr. Auslin is currently the Payson J. Treat Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was formerly an associate professor at Yale University and a resident scholar and director of Japanese studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

The discussion was moderated by yet another prominent expert in US/China relations, Lieutenant General (USMC, Ret.) Wallace “Chip” Gregson. General Gregson is the Senior Director for China and the Pacific at the Center and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.

To read more about this subject, click here for the coverage of this event in The National Interest.

To see a video of the event, check out the Center’s YouTube page here.