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Stephen Roach: The 'Unbalanced' US-China Relationship

Business of Asia
"Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China" (Yale University Press, 2014) by Stephen Roach (R).

The Chinese and U.S. economies have been locked in an uncomfortable embrace since the late 1970s. Although the relationship was based on mutual benefits, in recent years it has taken on the trappings of an unstable codependence, with the two largest economies at risk of turning on one another in a destructive fashion.

In Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China, Stephen Roach, senior fellow at Yale University and former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, lays bare the pitfalls of the current China-U.S. economic relationship. He highlights the conflicts at the center of current tensions, including disputes over trade policies and intellectual property rights, sharp contrasts in leadership styles, the role of the Internet, the recent dispute over cyberhacking, and more.

Join Asia Society as we welcome Mr. Roach in a discussion about his new book and a way forward for the U.S. and China in a way that preserves peace and prosperity for both countries. The program will be moderated by Asia Society's Orville Schell.


Stephen Roach is senior fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and School of Management, Yale University. Prior to that, he was Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.


Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center for U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.



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Outreach Partners:

Asian Financial Society
Committee of 100
India China Institute, The New School

Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University


Event Details

Wed 16 Apr 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm

725 Park Avenue

New York, NY

Members: $10; students/seniors: $12; nonmembers: $15