U.S.-China Engagement for a Global Century

November 7, 2008 • 3:30 – 5:00 pm EST

This is the inaugural event in the Speaker Series focusing on U.S.-China relations featuring former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn. The CSIS China Series will provide a platform for senior opinion leaders to discuss and debate issues related to a rising China and implications for the United States. The China Series will reinforce and inform the work of the CSIS Commission on China, co-chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and Hank Greenberg of C.V. Starr & Company. The goal of the Commission is to help shape a more constructive and effective American approach to the U.S.-China relationship.

Opening Remarks by

Charles W. Freeman III
Freeman Chair in China Studies
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mr. Wolfensohn discussed China engagement strategies for the next administration, focusing on the United States’ leadership role in a world in which China plays an increasingly important part, and will address how the two countries can cooperate to shape a ‘global century’. Mr. Wolfensohn examined the shared and conflicting interests of the two countries on issues ranging from climate change to poverty reduction to global governance reform and assess the prospects for the overarching U.S.-China relationship.

James D. Wolfensohn was the ninth president of the World Bank Group from 1995 to 2005. He is now the Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, a private investment firm and advisor to corporations and governments around the world. Mr. Wolfensohn became Chairman of Citi International Advisory Board on April 18, 2006 and advises Citi’s senior management on global strategy and international matters.

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Charles Freeman
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Economic and Trade Affairs