Forty years after Nixon’s historic trip to China, a growing number of Americans ask whether the United States should have a relationship with the People’s Republic of China at all. In China, the United States is widely seen as a declining hegemon that clings to its fading glory in delusional and destabilizing ways.

If the superpowers can’t find a new rationale for their relationship, they will continue to drift into mutual hostility and alienation reminiscent of the Cold War. Both sides see the dangers, but neither has proposed a feasible framework for constructive interaction. The failure of ideas is stunning.

America doesn’t have a long-term vision for relations with China, but it is possible to see a few steps ahead. Please join us for a preview of the next administration’s challenges in shaping policies that promote peace while competing with China in the geo-strategic, economic, and ideological spheres.

This webinar is part of the Considering China webinar series.

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About the Speaker

Robert DalyRobert Daly directs the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center. Before coming to the Wilson Center he was director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland and American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing. He began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat, serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late '80s and early '90s. After leaving the Foreign Service, he taught Chinese at Cornell University; worked on television (北京人在纽约) and theater projects in China as a host, actor, and writer; and helped produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children’s Television Workshop programs. His commentary is regularly featured on NPR, C-Span, the Voice of America, and global television stations. Mr. Daly has testified before Congress on U.S.-China relations and has lectured at hundreds of Chinese and American institutions. He has lived in China for 12 years and has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter.