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Dialogue in the Form of Fireside Chat on China-U.S. Relations

April 28 , 2021 01:15 PM by iGCU

On April 28, 2021, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University hosted a successful dialogue in the form of "fireside chat" on China-U.S. relations. The dialogue was chaired by Jean Oi, Director of the China Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

Jia Qingguo, Director of the Institute for Global Cooperation and Undersanding (iGCU) of Peking University and professor at the School of International Studies, Peking University, began with a keynote speech. He argued that the stable and healthy development of China-U.S relations will serve fundamental interests of both countries, and that only by moving towards the same direction and strengthening cooperation on issues of common interest can the two countries safeguard their own security and development interests. He also warned that vicious competition will only cause unnecessary harm to each other.

Afterwards,Wang Dong, Executive Director of iGCU of Peking University and professor at the School of International Studies, Peking University, delivered a keynote speech. He pointed out that a "new cold war" between China and the U.S. is not inevitable because the new engagement consensus will bring China-U.S. relations to a certain extent back to the framework of hedging strategy, thus setting boundaries for China-U.S. competition. He argued that China and the U.S. should not see dominance of the international order as their goal for rivalry, but should consider how to deliver win-win outcomes through healthy competition.

Thomas Fingar, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Professor of Stanford University expressed his recognition of the two professors’ optimism about the potential of the China-U.S. relationship. He believed that China and the United States have a wide range of common interests in the international community and should seek long-term cooperation instead of squandering efforts on "trade wars" or "media wars".