To the surprise of some observers, the Biden administration has adopted a frank and sometimes confrontational stance towards China during its first several months in office. China has done the same, with the critique of the United States becoming even more caustic. On issues of trade, technology, security, and human rights the focus has been on managing strategic competition and rallying allies to the U.S. side. What do Chinese analysts make of the Biden administration's approach to China and the wider region so far? What dangers and opportunities lie ahead? This online dialogue brought together leading scholars from the United States and China to discuss these issues.
This dialogue was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues and the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service.
Laura Rosenberger is special assistant to the President and senior director for China and Taiwan in the National Security Council. Rosenberger was most recently the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and served previously at both the State Department and on the National Security Council, focusing on China and the Korean Peninsula.
Bonnie Glaser is director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She has worked for more than three decades at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and U.S. policy.
Jia Qingguo is a professor of diplomacy and international relations and former dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University.
Evan Medeiros (moderator) is the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow with the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues. Medeiros has in-depth experience in U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific from his time on the National Security Council as director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, and then as special assistant to the president and senior director for Asia under President Barack Obama.