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March 27, 2023

Cling Conference 2023: Xi’s China Enters the Post-Reform Era

Event Series: Other Initiative Events

2023 Cling Conference, March 17, 2023, 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m. Copley Formal Lounge

This full-day event features panels of experts as they examine China in the post-reform era and the prospects for U.S.-China relations, focusing on economics, politics, and security.

This conference is co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service and Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues.


March 27, 2023

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks        
•    Welcome: Joel Hellman, Georgetown University
•    Framing: Evan Medeiros, Georgetown University

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Panel One: China After the 20th Party Congress
Moderator: Damien Ma, Paulson Institute
•    New Political Order: Joe Fewsmith, Boston University
•    New Economic Order: Wang Tao, UBS Investment Bank (VIRTUAL)
•    New Military Order: Joel Wuthnow, National Defense University
•    New Diplomacy: Courtney Fung, Macquarie University (VIRTUAL)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Panel Two: New Challenges of China’s Global Agenda
Moderator: Susan Lawrence, Congressional Research Service
• Disinformation: Leah Bray, U.S. Department of State
• Espionage: James Mulvenon, Peraton Labs
• Economic Coercion: Philipp Ivanov, Asia Society
• Economic Diplomacy: Meg Rithmire, Harvard Business School

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Panel Discussion: U.S.-China Economic Relations
Moderator: Lingling Wei, The Wall Street Journal
• Elizabeth Economy, U.S. Department of Commerce/Stanford University
• Amy Celico, Denton’s Global Advisors
• Wendy Cutler, Asia Society Policy Institute

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Panel Three: The Future of U.S.-China Relations
Moderator: Evan Medeiros, Georgetown University
•    Evolving Strategic Competition: Bates Gill, Center for China Analysis, Asia Society (VIRTUAL)
•    Prospects for Managed Competition: Dennis Wilder, Georgetown University
•    Looming Challenges - Taiwan/Nuclear Weapons: Bonnie Glaser, German Marshall Fund of the United States
•    Escalation Risks: Fiona Cunningham, University of Pennsylvania

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Concluding Remarks
•    Evan Medeiros, Georgetown University