A large audience turned out to hear noted China expert Minxin Pei discuss U.S. – China Strategic Competition on Thursday, June 28. Pei began by discussing the initial opening of a U.S. – Chinese dialogue when Nixon and Kissinger went to China. He traced the trajectory of the relationship through the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations up to the present. During that time he traced the increase in Chinese manufacturing might and growing GDP.
The audience Q&A was similarly robust with questions ranging from North Korea to China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative. This program was held at the Sebastian, in one of their gorgeous meeting rooms. In January, Pei heads to Washington, D.C. to be the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in U.S. – China Relations; we look forward to following this topic as it continues to unfold.