2022 marks the beginning of the 6th year during which the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China has entered an unstoppable down spiral. The result of this precipitous decline is moving to divide the world into two camps and may lead to an armed confrontation between the two countries. It was in this context President Xi Jinping and President Joseph Biden held a virtual meeting on November 15, 2021. President Xi proposed that the consequential relationship should be buttressed by the commitment to the principle of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation. President Biden underscored the importance of managing strategic risks and the need for common-sense guardrails to ensure that competition does not veer into conflict. The two leaders have reached a consensus on how to stabilize the relationship, find ways to compete orderly and peacefully and look for areas where the two governments could coordinate and even cooperate to anchor global peace and prosperity. Against this backdrop, the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) and The Carter Center have decided to organize an online dialogue for prominent Chinese and American experts to reflect on what the two nations must do to responsibly manage the volatile bilateral relationship so that it does not destroy the dividends of four decades of engagement, force other countries in the world to choose side and allow rivalry to escalate into an arms race, possible proxy wars or direct even direct conflict. More importantly, the two nations need to find means to reduce distrust and work together to respond to global challenges and resolve regional conflicts.
This online meeting is supported by the Ford Foundation, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and the China Research Center in Atlanta.