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The U.S. and China: Charting a New Course
The direction of the U.S.- China relationship will be critical to not only U.S. economic and security interests but to the future world order. However, it is unlikely that the differences between the two countries on matters like the South China Sea, Taiwan, trade, intellectual property, and how China treats its minority groups will be resolved with a change in leadership in Washington. What could be different in terms of U.S. foreign policy toward China under a Biden administration? And how have U.S. policies been perceived in China? Will there be an opportunity for a fresh start for U.S.- China relations? These questions will be discussed on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 7 PM to 8 PM ET among Susan Thorton, former Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State; Joseph Battat, Senior Lecturer of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management; and Cheng Li, Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center.
*This is event is co-hosted by Network 20/20 and the Institue of Current World Affairs.

Dec 2, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Thornton
Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center @Yale Law School
Susan A. Thornton is Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center. In 2018, she retired from the State Department after a 28-year diplomatic career focused primarily on East and Central Asia. In leadership roles in Washington, Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on denuclearization. In her 18 years of overseas postings in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus and China, Thornton’s leadership furthered U.S. interests and influence and maintained programs and mission morale in a host of difficult operating environments. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was among the first State Department Fascell Fellows and served from 1989–90 at the U.S. Consulate in Leningrad. She was also a researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute from 1987–91.
Cheng Li
Director and Senior Fellow @Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center
Cheng Li is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li is also a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto, a nonresident fellow at Yale University’s Paul Tsai China Center, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a former fellow and current member of the Institute of Current World Affairs. Li’s research areas include the transformation of political leaders, generational change, the Chinese middle class, technological development in China, and U.S.-China relations. Dr. Li has advised a wide range of U.S. government, education, research, business and not-for-profit organizations on work in China. Li received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University.
Joseph J. Battat
Senior Lecturer of Global Economics and Management @MIT Sloan School of Management
Joseph Battat is a Senior Lecturer of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Battat joined the World Bank Group in 1989 where he held a number of positions over a period of twenty six years, including the head of the Foreign Investment Advisory Services (FIAS). Mr. Battat led the design and establishment of the first modern management education program and MBA program in China for the First Ministry of Machine Building Industry (1978-86). In 1987-88, he helped establish the International Management Center, Budapest (now the Business School), Central European University. He was the academic co-Dean of the China Executive Education Program of General Electric in the 1980s. Battat received an MS in electronics physics from Université de Grenoble (France) in 1968, a diploma in political philosophy from Beijing University in 1978, and a PhD in international business and economics from MIT in 1984. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs