Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States Providing policymakers and the public with analysis and insights that can contribute to better understanding of the intricacies of U.S.-China relations.

The Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of issues in the U.S.-China relationship and its impact on both countries and the world. It does so by exploring the political, economic, historical, and cultural factors that underlie the respective behavior patterns and world views of China and the United States. Inspired by and dedicated to Dr

The Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of issues in the U.S.-China relationship and its impact on both countries and the world. It does so by exploring the political, economic, historical, and cultural factors that underlie the respective behavior patterns and world views of China and the United States. Inspired by and dedicated to Dr

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Robert Daly writing in Chatham House: Many Americans - supporters of both main parties, and from across the country - no...
06/30/2020
Is COVID-19 a Game Changer for Transatlantic Narratives on China?

Robert Daly writing in Chatham House: Many Americans - supporters of both main parties, and from across the country - now believe that, as led by the Communist Party, China is fundamentally ‘bad’. In an April Pew poll, two-thirds of Americans expressed negative views of China – a historic high. https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/covid-19-game-changer-transatlantic-narratives-china#

Experts on both sides of the Atlantic give their perspectives on whether the pandemic has changed national understandings, narratives, and foreign policy debates on China.

June 9th Webcast: Over the past three years, there has been no better guide to the unfolding Sino-U.S. economic competit...
05/22/2020
Webcast: Superpower Showdown

June 9th Webcast: Over the past three years, there has been no better guide to the unfolding Sino-U.S. economic competition than the reporting of Bob Davis and Lingling Wei of the Wall Street Journal. Their new book, Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War, traces the historical development of the Trade War and offers detailed analysis of the personalities, political conflicts, and fraught negotiations that resulted in a “Phase One Deal.” https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/webcast-superpower-showdown

Over the past three years, there has been no better guide to the unfolding Sino-U.S. economic competition than the reporting of Bob Davis and Lingling Wei of the Wall Street Journal. Their new book, Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War, traces the histori...

March 19 Webcast Event:Geopolitical Implications of the Coronavirus for the Indo-Pacific  https://www.wilsoncenter.org/e...
03/18/2020
WEBCAST: Geopolitical Implications of the Coronavirus for the Indo-Pacific

March 19 Webcast Event:Geopolitical Implications of the Coronavirus for the Indo-Pacific https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/webcast-geopolitical-implications-coronavirus-indo-pacific

The novel coronavirus came from China, and countries across the Indo-Pacific have been on the front line of confronting this pandemic. In this online-only event, Wilson Center experts will examine how this pandemic is affecting the region's geopolitics, and what these changes may mean for the United...

PODCAST: Host Aaron Jones is joined by three experts today. Alex Long, who walks us through the public health perspectiv...
03/04/2020
The Viral Episode - Looking at Coronavirus from the public health, regional, and economic levels

PODCAST: Host Aaron Jones is joined by three experts today. Alex Long, who walks us through the public health perspective of understanding coronavirus, its implications for global health and security; Rui Zhong, who explains some of the societal dynamics in China that we have seen from this outbreak; and Shihoko Goto, who deftly explains how this is affecting the global economy and what it may mean for the future. This is a can't miss episode and the most comprehensive look you will find to understand the various angles of this global threat.

Host Aaron Jones is joined by three experts today. Alex Long, who walks us through the public health perspective of understanding coronavirus, its implications for global health and security; Rui Zhong, who explains some of the societal dynamics in China that we have seen from this outbreak; and Shi...

Need to know podcast -  The Viral Episode - Looking at Coronavirus from the public health, regional, and economic levels...
02/28/2020
The Viral Episode - Looking at Coronavirus from the public health, regional, and economic levels

Need to know podcast - The Viral Episode - Looking at Coronavirus from the public health, regional, and economic levels
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I'm joined by three experts today. Alex Long, who walks us through the public health perspective of understanding coronavirus, its implications for global health and security -- Rui Zhong, who explai

02/11/2020
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February 10th Event: U.S.-China Relations is about much more than government policy. The relationship involves each nati...
02/05/2020
America Rethinks China: A Conversation with Jiayang Fan and Kaiser Kuo

February 10th Event: U.S.-China Relations is about much more than government policy. The relationship involves each nation’s ideas about itself, the other, and their roles in a changing world. Calls for whole-of-government or whole-of-society involvement in the relationship recognize that communities, educational and professional institutions, corporations, and the arts will benefit from healthy relations and suffer if the relationship is understood or managed poorly. “Bad China” and “Hegemonic America” narratives increasingly drive discussions of the relationship in Washington and Beijing. Where do these “whole-of-society” impressions come from, and what are their implications for the superpowers? https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/america-rethinks-china-conversation-jiayang-fan-and-kaiser-kuo

U.S.-China Relations is about much more than government policy. The relationship involves each nation’s ideas about itself, the other, and their roles in a changing world. Calls for whole-of-government or whole-of-society involvement in the relationship recognize that communities, educational and ...

Trading Views: Set Phasers To One!
01/09/2020
Trading Views: Set Phasers To One!

Trading Views: Set Phasers To One!

In this second episode of our Trading Views series, we talk to three of the Wilson Center's top Asia experts to understand what phase one of a trade deal with China means.

Robert Daly: “Beijing has the power, Beijing calls the shots. So whether this election is going to resolve in a reasonab...
11/26/2019
Elections in Hong Kong and What They Mean for Protests

Robert Daly: “Beijing has the power, Beijing calls the shots. So whether this election is going to resolve in a reasonable pause and compromise. Such that we can somehow have a non-violent resolution with some accommodation, that’s one possibility. We may also be looking back on it in the no to distant future as a happy blip in a story that remains very concerning.” https://soundcloud.com/the-wilson-center/elections-in-hong-kong-and-what-they-mean-for-protests

Robert Daly joins us again to discuss the elections that took place in Hong Kong and the reality that they carry on the ground. Plus, how US actions on the situation could affect trade negotiations w

Bradley Jardine: ' Western powers have yet to punish China for forced labor in Xinjiang. Europe, the U.S. and Australia ...
11/21/2019
Opinion | How to Answer Chinese Atrocities in Xinjiang

Bradley Jardine: ' Western powers have yet to punish China for forced labor in Xinjiang. Europe, the U.S. and Australia import a substantial amount of cotton from China, and more than 80% of Chinese cotton is grown in Xinjiang. Brands such as Gap, Adidas,Target and Cotton On have all had to respond to questions about their connections to Xinjiang. Japanese retailers Muji and Uniqlo have likewise come under scrutiny for their use of Xinjiang cotton'.

The West can impose sanctions on Communist officials and companies that use slave labor.

Hong Kong and US-China relations: What Are the Options?
11/13/2019
Hong Kong and US-China relations: What Are the Options?

Hong Kong and US-China relations: What Are the Options?

The Hong Kong protests have entered their 5th month with no resolution in sight. Emotions run high in the SAR, Beijing, and Washington. Stakeholder decisions over the next few months could have secondary effects on Taiwan’s January elections, U.S.-China trade frictions, Chinese soft power and, cen...

November 15: The Hong Kong protests have entered their 5th month with no resolution in sight. Emotions run high in the S...
11/05/2019
Hong Kong and US-China relations: What Are the Options?

November 15:

The Hong Kong protests have entered their 5th month with no resolution in sight. Emotions run high in the SAR, Beijing, and Washington. Stakeholder decisions over the next few months could have secondary effects on Taiwan’s January elections, U.S.-China trade frictions, Chinese soft power and, centrally, the future of the people of Hong Kong.

Please join the Wilson Center for dispassionate analysis of the options facing the demonstrators, the Hong Kong government, Beijing, and the United States.

The Hong Kong protests have entered their 5th month with no resolution in sight. Emotions run high in the SAR, Beijing, and Washington. Stakeholder decisions over the next few months could have secondary effects on Taiwan’s January elections, U.S.-China trade frictions, Chinese soft power and, cen...

'The Trump administration’s anti-Muslim policy stance is well documented and it weakens the United States’ position as a...
10/04/2019
The Trump Administration Needs Policies to Match its Xinjiang Criticism

'The Trump administration’s anti-Muslim policy stance is well documented and it weakens the United States’ position as a negotiator on China. China is counting on U.S. insincerity in rhetoric and policy to advance its Xinjiang policies with impunity. '

China is capitalizing on global apathy toward anti-Muslim bigotry led by the president of the United States.

Bradley Jardine: "The uncomfortable truth is that in the years after 9/11, the United States was often willing to accept...
09/25/2019
U.S. Terrorism Policy Paved the Way for China’s Repression

Bradley Jardine: "The uncomfortable truth is that in the years after 9/11, the United States was often willing to accept China’s depiction of Xinjiang as a strategic outpost in its global war on terrorism. In 2001, the U.S. government held 22 Uighurs in Guantánamo Bay—a decision now widely seen as a mistake. Then, as now, China has worked to tie the Uighur separatist movement to international terrorism."

U.S.-favored policies in Central Asia must be rolled back to help save the Uighur people.

Lucille Greer: 'Among world powers, China maintains equally constructive economic and political partnerships with both S...
09/24/2019
China Should Broker Peace Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Lucille Greer: 'Among world powers, China maintains equally constructive economic and political partnerships with both Saudi Arabia and Iran. The nature of Iran’s involvement in the attack remains to be determined, but it is already clear that Riyadh, Tehran, Washington, and Beijing do not want war. The time for diplomacy is now. '

Beijing has the motivation, leverage, and opportunity to convene all parties in the Gulf and pull them back from the brink of war.

China Update: Trade Wars and Beyond
09/16/2019
China Update: Trade Wars and Beyond

China Update: Trade Wars and Beyond

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW our guest is the Kissinger Institute’s Robert Daly who provides an update on the latest developments from China.

Podcast Episode: An Update on the Hong Kong Protests
08/13/2019
Need to Know: An Update on the Hong Kong Protests

Podcast Episode: An Update on the Hong Kong Protests

While DC has gone quiet for August, things are heating up in the streets of Hong Kong. For an update, we join back up with Robert Daly of the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute.

03/25/2019
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New Report from Wilson Center colleagues Stephen B Kaplan and Michael Penfold: 'China-Venezuela Economic Relations: Hedging Venezuelan Bets with Chinese Characteristics '

Gillian Zwicker of China Environment Forum: "Wyoming can draw several lessons from Shanxi, such as investing in renewabl...
03/14/2019
Coal Communities Struggle to Diversify

Gillian Zwicker of China Environment Forum: "Wyoming can draw several lessons from Shanxi, such as investing in renewable energy development and infrastructure. Wyoming has massive renewable energy potential. The state is ranked seventh in the nation for renewable wind potential, but is currently crippling the nascent industry by taxing wind power generation. With the lowest population of all states, Wyoming’s renewable energy must be exported across state lines to be financially viable. Therefore, the state needs to invest not only in renewable energy development and commercialization, but also extensive transmission lines. Wyoming is missing out on its natural gas potential as well. The sixth largest producer of natural gas in the United States, the Cowboy State can prioritize developing infrastructure that enables natural gas, not coal, to fill the gaps left by intermittent wind and solar power"

Blanketed by freshly fallen snow, mountains of the Teton Range loomed above as I explored the picturesque town of Jackson, Wyoming. A native Bostonian, I had no experience in the heart of the [...]

Danielle Neighbour and Gillian Zwicker: "Currently, 80 percent of sludge in China is improperly dumped-—an increasingly ...
03/11/2019
What China Can Learn from New York City about Wastewater Management

Danielle Neighbour and Gillian Zwicker: "Currently, 80 percent of sludge in China is improperly dumped-—an increasingly controversial environmental issue that has urban centers scrambling to decrease pollution by improving their wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). As it grapples with these challenges, China could use an example to follow. New York City’s large size and innovative wastewater system make it one of the only municipalities in the United States that can serve as a useful case study for China’s growing cities."

A successful U.S. model can help Chinese officials grapple with a large-scale and growing problem

March 4 Event: Is Washington concerned about Huawei as an espionage and cyber warfare threat, as a commercial challenge,...
02/19/2019
China and Global 5G: Getting the Questions Right

March 4 Event: Is Washington concerned about Huawei as an espionage and cyber warfare threat, as a commercial challenge, or as a Chinese asset in the geostrategic competition between the U.S. and the PRC? Join the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States for a discussion that defines the terms and debunks some of the myths of this rapidly evolving issue.

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/china-and-global-5g-getting-the-questions-right

New developments in the global debate about Huawei’s political reliability emerge daily. As this discussion continues, the UK, Germany, and Italy seem to welcome a…

FEB 1 PHONE BRIEFING: China has been a willing financier of the Maduro government, providing over $50 billion in loans a...
01/30/2019
Venezuela: Internal Turmoil and Global Stakes

FEB 1 PHONE BRIEFING: China has been a willing financier of the Maduro government, providing over $50 billion in loans and some $6-7 billion directly to Venezuela's state oil company. What are the global stakes of recent events?

Please join us for a briefing BY PHONE to discuss the rapidly changing events on the ground in Venezuela. Experts will also address Russian and Chinese interests and what they portend for a possible escalation of great-power competition in the Western Hemisphere.

Rui Zhong: 'Trump’s remarks [on Meng Wanzhou] present a potential problem for America in signaling to China that hostage...
01/11/2019
Purchase Agreements Don't solve Real issues Facing U.S., China

Rui Zhong: 'Trump’s remarks [on Meng Wanzhou] present a potential problem for America in signaling to China that hostage exchanges and detention may become a more regular component of policy negotiation processes with China.In China, he would find a negotiating partner willing and able to use a broad range of police powers against Chinese, American and third-country citizens.' https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/purchase-agreements-dont-solve-real-issues-facing-us-china

This article was originally published at The Hill Trade negotiators from Washington just concluded a round of talks in Beijing, where Vice Premier Liu He’s team…

Wastewater Can Save China’s Cities - and the Environment
01/10/2019
Wastewater Can Save China’s Cities - and the Environment

Wastewater Can Save China’s Cities - and the Environment

China produces approximately 30 million tonnes of organic sludge annually - only approximately one-fifth of which is properly treated. A deadly combination of pollution and scarcity now threatens the future of China’s cities. New wastewater technologies being explored and piloted in both the Unite...

Benjamin Creutzfeldt: ' For sure, several presidential candidates pilloried China as a competitor for low-cost labor and...
12/20/2018
China’s Growing Footprint in Latin America

Benjamin Creutzfeldt: ' For sure, several presidential candidates pilloried China as a competitor for low-cost labor and a neo-colonialist power creating new dependencies, but once elected most were happy to greet Beijing’s special envoys and quickly acknowledged that China is still their number one source of investment and loans, a leading trade partner, and their best bet to make real improvements to regional infrastructure. Mexico’s outgoing government worked to salvage “free trade” with its northern neighbor, but the incoming administration is hoping to improve its balance sheet with China—through cooperation rather than confrontation. Similarly, Chile is eager to maintain its position as a key transpacific link for China, and neither Colombia nor Peru want to be left behind. The big exception may be Brazil’s president-elect, whose election rhetoric was marked by a virulent anti-communist stance, but even he has made more conciliatory noises recently.'

Many Latin American countries experienced political change in 2018, with presidential elections in three of the largest countries—Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia—and transitions in Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, and Paraguay. Meanwhile, several long-term China partners, such as Peru, Argenti...

Katie Stallard-Blanchette: 'On this 40th anniversary of Reform and Opening–when Deng Xiaoping first declared that China ...
12/19/2018
China’s Detention of Canadians Could Backfire

Katie Stallard-Blanchette: 'On this 40th anniversary of Reform and Opening–when Deng Xiaoping first declared that China would open up to the outside world and set the country on its trajectory to the global superpower we know today–the Communist Party of China (CCP) insists that it is still open for business. These actions suggest otherwise.'

We don’t know where–or in what conditions–Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are being held. They were detained a week ago today, on Monday December 10, in…

Join us this Tuesday  Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for "U.S. China 2018 Year in Review: A New Cold War?" Watch in person or via...
12/14/2018
U.S.-China 2018 Year in Review: A New Cold War?

Join us this Tuesday Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for "U.S. China 2018 Year in Review: A New Cold War?" Watch in person or via live stream:

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/us-china-2018-year-review-new-cold-war?utm_content=bufferdea01&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

As bilateral relations deteriorated over 2018, Chinese and Americans searched for new analogies to frame a more adversarial relationship. Asian op-eds and American…

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