Book Event: U.S.-China Relations After the Two Leadership Transitions: Change or Continuity?

December 17, 2012 • 9:00 – 11:00 pm EST

A book launch with authors Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell

Remarks by Authors
Andrew J. Nathan
Professor of Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Andrew Scobell

Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation


David M. Lampton
George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director of the China Studies Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Randy G. Schriver

Partner, Armitage International

Moderated by

Bonnie S. Glaser
Senior Advisor for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

Leadership transitions have brought new leaders to office in China while confirming President Obama in a second term: do these events portend change or continuity in U.S.-China relations?  In their new book, China's Search for Security, Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell argue that the key to understanding China’s foreign policy is to grasp its geostrategic challenges: despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military capabilities, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. Even as the country grows and comes to dominate its neighbors, challenges remain, foremost among them, in the eyes of China’s leaders, the United States.  The Obama administration, for its part, looks set to continue its policy pivot to Asia.  The authors will discuss their book, analyzing China’s security concerns and how the U.S. can protect its interests in Asia without triggering a confrontation with China.  

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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Bonnie S. Glaser