A Conversation on U.S.-China Relations
Dr. Wang Jisi
Dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University
Ambassador John D. Negroponte
Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates
Senior Associate, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies
In the wake of Secretary Clinton’s visit to Asia, there is great promise for what she termed a positive and cooperative bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China. There is a rich agenda of issues on which the two countries have shared or overlapping interests, including the global financial crisis, climate change, North Korea, and Pakistan/Afghanistan. Differences persist on many issues as well, of course, and addressing these issues within a constructive framework is critical to advancing a bilateral relationship that works for both countries and the international community. Please join us for an informal conversation between two of the most influential and respected thinkers on the challenges and opportunities in Sino-American relations going forward.
Professor WANG Jisi is dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University. He is concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, director of the Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University, a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Council associated with the Foreign Ministry of China, and president of the Chinese Association for American Studies. Professor Wang was previously director of the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Wang's scholarly interests cover international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and China-U.S. relations. He has published numerous works in these fields.
Ambassador Negroponte is Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates, the global strategy firm. He joined McLarty Associates after spending four decades as a career member of the Foreign Service and then as a top political appointee. Earlier in his career he served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, the Philippines and Honduras, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. In 2001, he was called upon by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a post he held until being appointed U.S. Ambassador to Iraq in 2004. He was then asked by the President to become his principal intelligence advisor and the nation’s first Director of National Intelligence, with responsibility for oversights and coordination of the country’s 16 intelligence agencies. And two years ago, Amb. Negroponte took on the role of Deputy Secretary of State, the nation’s second ranking diplomat, serving as the Department’s COO and overseeing U.S. Government activities overseas, a position he held until January 20, 2009. In this capacity he chaired the U.S. participation in the United States’ Senior Dialogue with China.