US-China series symposium: "The U.K. sees China as a friend, Why don't we?"

Date: February 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – @ 6:00 pm
Location: SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto 94303

The Commonwealth Club of California & Committee of 100 Presents:

"The U.K. sees China as a friend, Why don't we?"

with Martin Jacques and Susan Shirk

and moderated by George Koo

Thursday, February 18, 2016

SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto 94303

6:00p.m. – Check In

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Program

As Great Britain enters what some are calling the “Golden Era” of relations with China, the United States continues with its tenuous and tense relationship with the Middle Kingdom. Given the historic closeness and cultural similarities between the US and the UK, what explains this tremendous difference in relations?

Understanding this question is relevant to the future of world peace and stability, and we have invited two speakers eminently qualified to shed light on this issue. Our speakers will describe the stark difference in reception of President Xi in both the US and the UK, why the UK is going its own way with Chinese relations, and the takeaways and implications arising from this issue.

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Martin Jacques: Author of global best-seller When China Rules the World; Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University; Visiting Professor, Institute of Modern International Relations, Tsinghua University, Beijing; non-resident Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC; columnist for the Guardian.

Susan Shirk: Research Professor; Chair, 21st Century China Program at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, author of China: Fragile Superpower, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia (1997-2000), founder of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue.

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