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April 16, 2020

The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Challenges and Opportunities of the COVID-19 Crisis

Event Series: U.S.-China Dialogue 2020

U.S.-China Relations and the COVID-19 Crisis

Since late 2019 the COVID-19 crisis has added a new level of complexity to an already tense U.S.-China relationship. As the health emergency spread from China to the United States and around the world, American and Chinese leaders have failed to collaborate effectively in combating the pandemic and even expressed criticism of the other side’s response. Progress on key trade, financial, and security issues has been halting or non-existent.

This online dialogue will bring together four leading U.S. and Chinese experts to address three key issues: 1) the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on U.S.-China relations so far; 2) the prospects for improved relations between now and the U.S. presidential election in November; and 3) the longer-term implications of the crisis for the bilateral relationship and the geopolitics of Asia.

This dialogue is 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.

Join the conversation on our blog post discussing the key topics from this dialogue.


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Wang Jisi is the president of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University, where he also serves as a professor in the School of International Studies.

Wu Xinbo is a professor and dean of the Institute of International Studies and director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.

Michael Green holds the Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also serves as the director of the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service.

Evan Medeiros 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 at Georgetown University.