ChinaFile Presents: What Happened When Trump Met Xi?


Presented With Young China Watchers

NEW YORK, November 15, 2017 — Daniel Russel, Orville Schell, and Bonnie Glaser discuss President Trump's recent trip to Asia and assess his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The conversation was moderated by Susan Jakes. (1 hr., 33 min.)

On November 8, just weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping proclaimed he was shepherding China into a “new era,” his American counterpart Donald Trump will begin a three-day state visit to Beijing. His first trip to China since his inauguration, and his third meeting with Xi, Trump's visit will help define the United States' evolving relationship with China. How will the two leaders address flashpoints like trade and North Korea? How will citizens in the United States and China view the trip? And what should we expect from China-U.S. relations moving forward?

Join Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations Orville Schell, who will have just returned from covering Trump’s visit to China; Director of the China Power Project at CSIS Bonnie Glaser; and ASPI Diplomat in Residence and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. ChinaFile Editor Susan Jakes will moderate.


Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 15 books, ten of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation, and The New York Review of Books. His most recent book, with John Delury, is Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the 21st Century (Random House, 2013). Schell is the recipient of many prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize in Asian Journalism.

Bonnie S. Glaser is a Senior Adviser for Asia and the Director of the China Power Project at CSIS, where she works on issues related to Asia-Pacific security with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. From 2008 to mid-2015, she was a Senior Adviser with the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies, and from 2003 to 2008, she was a Senior Associate in the CSIS International Security Program. She has published widely in academic and policy journals, including the Washington QuarterlyChina QuarterlyAsian SurveyInternational SecurityContemporary Southeast AsiaAmerican Foreign Policy InterestsFar Eastern Economic Review, and Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, as well as in leading newspapers. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

Daniel Russel is Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, he served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council’s Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

Susan Jakes (Moderator) is Editor of ChinaFile and Senior Fellow at Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. From 2000-2007, she reported on China for Time magazine, first as a reporter and editor based in Hong Kong and then as the magazine’s Beijing Correspondent. 

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Event Details

Wed 15 Nov 2017
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Asia Society

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New York, NY 10021

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