The U.S.-China Relationship


A project exploring the rapid shifts in the United States' role in the world since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic

Phase 2 of our World After Covid project


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The U.S.-China Relationship

Phase 2 of Just World Educational's “World After Covid” project focuses on the rapidly shifting balance between the United States and China. Materials from the first phase of the project can be viewed here.

In the first session of Phase 2, JWE President Helena Cobban explored  aspects of the US-China relationship in a conversation with American maritime-strategy scholar Dr. Lyle Goldstein. Scroll on down to see the video of that conversation. (Or, you can listen to the audio, here.)

The second session, released October 17, features Ms. Cobban hosting the first session of the groundbreaking “US-China public dialogue” that Just World Educational is holding in collaboration with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University in Beijing. This dialogue session features these two specialists:

  • From Beijing, Ambassador He Yafei, a Senior Fellow with the Chongyang Institute who has held many high-ranking diplomatic posts including as Counsellor of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • From Washington DC, we’ll have Dr. Michael Swaine, who recently became the first Director of the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Dr. Swaine is the author of numerous books and articles on strategic issues relating to China and other parts of East Asia. He is co-director of a multi-year crisis prevention project with Chinese partners, and he also advises the U.S. government on Asian security issues. 

The second dialogue session, to be released October 31, will address economic and technological issues. The conversations in this series will be conducted in English and will be released simultaneously in the US, Chinese, and global media markets in video, audio, and text formats, with subtitles as necessary for each market.

This project is also supported by the international No Cold War coalition, which will bring it broad global dissemination of our breakthrough conversations.

Through the collaboration with the Chongyang Institute, JWE will be able both to demonstrate to publics in the United States and worldwide that reasoned discussion of tricky issues is still very possible and to start, through such discussions, to lay out fruitful pathways for further cooperation over the months ahead.

In the initial planning for this project, the first “dialogue” session was intended to be a wide-ranging conversation on the past 50 years of US-China relations between veteran U.S. diplomatist Amb. Chas W Freeman, Jr and the Chongyang Institute’s Executive Dean Dr. Wang Wen. However, due to Amb. Freeman’s ill-health that session had to be postponed. We will be glad to inform you when it is possible to set a new date for it.

These materials are published here under a Creative Commons license, which means you are free to re-use any of them for non-commercial purposes, provided you give due attribution to Just World Educational and the individual speakers. If you want to use any of these materials for commercial purposes, please contact Rights@justworldeducational.org to ask about terms.

Videos from the U.S.-China Relationship series


Session Resources

The U.S.-China Relationship with Dr. Michael Swaine and Amb. He Yafei
Released October 17, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Dr. Michael Swaine and Amb. He Yafei

Listen to/download the audio file: Dr. Michael Swaine, Amb. He Yafei and Helena Cobban, October 17, 2020

Read the transcript: Dr. Michael Swaine, Amb. He Yafei and Helena Cobban, October 17, 2020


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The U.S.-China Relationship with Dr. Lyle Goldstein
Released October 10, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Dr. Lyle Goldstein, research professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the Naval War College and the founding director of CMSI.

Listen to/download the audio file: Dr. Lyle Goldstein and Helena Cobban, released October 10, 2020 

Read the transcript: Dr. Lyle Goldstein and Helena Cobban, released October 10, 2020

"The World After Covid" with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Session 5 of the original project, recorded on July 8, 2020

JWE President Helena Cobban in conversation with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. A veteran American diplomat, Freeman’s career highlights included being the interpreter for Pres. Nixon during his breakthrough 1972 visit to China; negotiating (in Spanish) with Pres. Fidel Castro over the parallel Cuban and South African withdrawals from Angola; serving as U.S. Ambassador to Riyadh during Operation Desert Storm; and being nixed from consideration as Pres. Obama’s Director of National Intelligence on account of his support for Palestinian rights. Freeman’s books include Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige (Just World Books, 2012.)

Read the transcript: Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. and Helena Cobban, July 8, 2020

Session Resources

Audio Files


Listen to edited, enhanced audio files of each session of The U.S.-China Relationship, the second phase of the JWE World After COVID project, below:


Participants in The U.S.-China Relationship


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Helena Cobban


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Amb. Chas Freeman, Jr. 


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Dr. Lyle Goldstein


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Amb. He Yafei


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Dr. Michael D. Swaine


 

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