From Nixon to Biden: What Has Gone Wrong with the Sino-American Relationship?

Speaker: Yawei Liu


President Nixon visited China 50 years ago. That visit altered the global geopolitical map, pierced the unity of the Communist bloc, and contributed eventually to the winning of the Cold War by the West. Today, the Russian aggression against Ukraine seems to have brought Moscow and Beijing into a new partnership and a different kind of West-East confrontation is emerging. What has happened to the U.S. and China relationship? Are the leaders in Washington and Beijing blind to the benefits of the bilateral coexistence in the past 43 years? Why do the two peoples view the other country so negatively? Could the U.S. and China find a new framework so they can continue to anchor global peace and prosperity in the coming decades? This presentation attempts to answer these questions and provides a few ideas on how to stabilize the bilateral relation and prevent it from veering into conflict.

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About the Speaker

Yawei Liu

Yawei Liu (刘亚伟) is the senior advisor for China at The Carter Center and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the associate director of the China Research Center in Atlanta and an adjunct professor of political science at Emory University. He is the founding editor of which went online in 2002. He launched the U.S.-China Perception Monitor websites (in English and Chinese) in 2014. Yawei earned his B.A. in English literature from Xian Foreign Languages Institute (1982), M.A. in recent Chinese history from the University of Hawaii (1989), and Ph.D. in American History from Emory University (1996).