A Debate: Thirty-Five Years of Sino-US Relations
HONG KONG, November 6, 2014 — After a webcast featuring 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who partnered with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to establish formal diplomatic ties between their respective countries in 1979, a panel discussion on 35 years of U.S.-China relations featured Sino-U.S. experts Richard W. Hu, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong; David Zweig, Chair Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and Morton Holbrook III, Executive Director of the Hong Kong America Center. The discussion was moderated by Wall Street Journal editor and columnist Wei Gu.
The panel discussion started with a question from Wei: ”What’s the reality [behind] U.S. and China relations?” According to the panelists, the relationship between U.S. and China is heading in the right direction. The challenge, however is in expanding the two countries' cooperative relationship while simultaneously managing their competitive relationship. Mistrust between the White House and Beijing, with the former being an existing power and the latter a rising power, has created conflicts in the relationship, especially in opposing military alliances.
Hong Kong-America Center, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and The Carter Center
Video: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on U.S.-China bilateral relations (16 min., 55 sec.)
Video: Watch the complete panel discussion (56 min., 37 sec.)