November 13, 2018

Did the U.S. Get China Wrong? Conference on U.S.-China Policy

The inaugural Cling Family U.S.-China Conference, co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and Georgetown's Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, was held on November 13 in Riggs Library.

Did the U.S. Get China Wrong? Conference on U.S.-China Policy
Georgetown experts Michael Green, Dennis Wilder, and Evan Medeiros discuss policy with moderator Bonner Glaser.

Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asia during the Obama administration, began the conference reflecting on the central question, "Did the U.S. Get China Wrong?" which was the theme of a highly debated article that he co-published in Foreign Affairs magazine earlier this year. 

This off-the-record event featured multiple panels of leading scholars and practitioners on U.S.-China relations that approached from three different angles—foreign policy, economics, and academia—to allow for a comprehensive discussion of whether U.S. policy toward China since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1980 had been based on flawed premises of China becoming more like the West as it developed. 

This event, made possible by a generous gift from Michael Cling (SFS’98), highlights Georgetown's continued commitment to researching and teaching the field of Asian Studies as well as expanding its programming and expertise on China.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Michael Green, Georgetown University
  • Kurt Campbell, The Asia Group
  • Susan Shirk, University of California, San Diego
  • Bonnie Glaser, Center for Strategic and International Studies (moderator)
  • Evan Medeiros, Georgetown University
  • Dennis Wilder, Georgetown University
  • Charles Freeman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • David Lipton, International Monetary Fund
  • Kristen Looney, Georgetown University (moderator)
  • David Shambaugh, The George Washington University
  • Thomas Christensen, Columbia University
  • Avery Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania
  • Aaron Friedberg, Princeton University