Partners, Rivals, or "Frenemies"
The China connection, it is generally agreed, is the single most important bilateral relationship the United States has today. But how to characterize the tie between these global giants? Friends? Rivals? Is the relationship stable? How will it likely evolve?
Dr. Harry Harding, one of the country's leading China experts and Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, takes the pulse of US-China relations on October 7 as part of the BP Speaker Series China, India, Iran: Myths and Realities Inside Asia's Emerging Powers.
He describes the relationship is a 'complex, but relatively stable, blend of competition and collaboration.' He will also identify developments that could introduce greater turbulence and fragility into the relationship, and could even turn the two countries into adversaries.
Harding is the author or editor of seven books, including A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China Since 1972 and China's Second Revolution: Reform After Mao. He has advised several US presidents on developments in the People's Republic of China, and during the George H.W. Bush administration was brought to Camp David for informal discussions.
A native of Boston, Harding received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his master's and doctorate from Stanford University. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and for 10 years headed the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. In 2009 he left to become founding Dean of the Batten School.