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After Engagement: The Unfolding U.S.-China Strategic Competition and What It Means for Global Peace and Prosperity

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

After Engagement: The Unfolding U.S.-China Strategic Competition and What It Means for Global Peace and Prosperity 

Geopolitical Series

with Minxin Pei

June 28, 2018

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The Sebastian – Vail | Vail

The U.S. has pursued a policy of comprehensive engagement with China since Nixon went to Beijing in 1972. While this policy produced decades of peace and prosperity in East Asia and helped bring China into the international community, nearly all of its fundamental assumptions have been rendered invalid by recent developments and policies pursued by China. Instead of becoming a stakeholder in the international liberal order, China now actively challenges and seeks to undermine it.  China’s neomercantilist trade policies have also created tensions with the U.S. and threaten to rupture their bilateral trade worth more than $630 billion per year. The hopes of transforming China into a politically more open society have been dashed due to the country’s reversion to a form of neo-Maoist rule at home after the rise of Xi Jinping—at least, for the near future.
In this context, a consensus has emerged in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West that the engagement policy toward China has failed and must be replaced with a different policy. Professor Pei will analyze the causes of the failure of the engagement policy, the emerging contours of a more robust and confrontational China strategy and its potential impact on U.S.-China relations.
Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ‘72 Professor of Government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2019, he will be the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations.
Prior to joining Claremont McKenna College in 2009, he worked for a decade as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and served as its director of the China Program from 2003 to 2008. Pei was an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998. His research focuses on economic reform and governance in China and US-China relations. The author of three books, Pei’s research has also been published in many prestigious newspapers and journals and his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other publications.  He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.
This program is generously underwritten by Pat & Larry Stewart.

Note: The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m.

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