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China-U.S. Relations: Partners or Rivals

China-U.S. Relations: Partners or Rivals

A US official adjusts Chinese and US flags at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, on July 27, 2009.

After two decades of growing engagement, China-US relations today are under severe stress. Charges and countercharges over currency manipulation and unfair trade, debt and deficits, media censorship and Google, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama, and military expansion and aspirations challenge the stability of the world's most important bilateral relationship. The global financial crisis has served to accelerate the global power shift from West to East with an ever-more confident China and an unusually self-doubting US.

Where are Sino-American relations headed? Will today's quarrels be managed or flare out of control? Are China and the US competitors, partners, or rivals? Hear some of the world's leading commentators discuss the future of China-US relations and share your views on their implications for business and politics in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine and Chair in US Media at the US Studies Centre, Sydney University. He was Editor of US News and World Report and Chief Speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. Fallows is one of the world's leading journalists and has written nine books on a variety of subjects. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Gideon Rachman is Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times and writes a weekly column as well as an FT blog. Before that, he was with The Economist for 15 years. His book Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations, will be published in 2010. Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at Princeton University.

Michael Schuman is the Asia business correspondent for TIME, covering economic issues in the region. He was formerly a Wall Street Journal correspondent in South Korea, Singapore, and Indonesia. He won an Overseas Press Club Award with other Wall Street Journal reporters for their coverage of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. His book, The Miracle - The Epic Story of Asia's Quest for Wealth, was published last year.

Moderated by Dr. Geoffrey Garrett, US Studies Centre & Political Science Professor, University of Sydney

Co-presented by the United States Studies Centre, University of Syndey

Media Partner: Financial Times

Event Details

2 June 2010
8:00am - 10:30am

Conrad Hotel, Ballroom, Pacific Place, Admiralty Hong Kong

HK$390 Asia Society members/full-time students; HK$490 non-members (priority for members)