Incoming Biden Administration: More Turbulence or More Predictability in US-China Relations?


About the Webinar

Speculations are rife over what the incoming Joe Biden administration will portend for US foreign policy. Four years ago, Donald Trump’s election victory brought about new thrusts in US foreign policy that the rest of the world is still coming to terms with. Not surprisingly, this time round, there is much discussion whether the incoming administration will largely continue on the basis of the foreign policy laid out earlier or chart new courses in engaging the outside world. Perhaps no country is watching as hawk-eyed on this front as China as the US-China relationship is the most important one in the world. The speaker will assess how US-China ties have changed and where it is headed. He will highlight the challenges in the relationship and areas where he thinks the two countries can still work together. He will further assess the implications of the evolving US-China relationship on Asia in general and Southeast Asia in particular, including China’s vision of a regional order and how it differs from the one envisioned by America.

About the Speaker

Shen Dingli is a Professor and former Executive Dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, and former Director of Center for American Studies. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor of Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught international security, China-US relations, China’s foreign and defense policy in China, the US and the “Semester at Sea” Program. His research and publication covers China-US security relations, regional security and international strategy, arms control and nonproliferation, and the foreign and defense policy of China and the US. He is Vice President of Chinese Association of South Asian Studies, Shanghai Association of American Studies, Shanghai-UN Research Association, and Shanghai Public Policy Research Association. He was Vice President of Shanghai Association of International Studies, and Shanghai Association of International Strategic Studies. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Fudan in 1989 and did a post-doc in arms control at Princeton University from 1989-1991. He was an Eisenhower Fellow in 1996, and advised the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2002 on his strategic planning for a second term. He is on the Global Council of the Asia Society. He has been appointed by the Shanghai Municipality and Hangzhou City as Convention Ambassador. He has co-edited 17 books and published over 2,500 papers and articles worldwide.


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Jan 15 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am