Book Event: U.S.-China Relations After the Two Leadership Transitions: Change or Continuity?

A book launch with authors Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell
  • Monday, Dec 17, 2012
  • Remarks by Authors
    Andrew J. Nathan
    Professor of Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

    Andrew Scobell

    Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation


    David M. Lampton
    George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director of the China Studies Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS

    Randy G. Schriver

    Partner, Armitage International

    Moderated by

    Bonnie S. Glaser
    Senior Advisor for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

    Leadership transitions have brought new leaders to office in China while confirming President Obama in a second term: do these events portend change or continuity in U.S.-China relations?  In their new book, China's Search for Security, Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell argue that the key to understanding China’s foreign policy is to grasp its geostrategic challenges: despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military capabilities, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. Even as the country grows and comes to dominate its neighbors, challenges remain, foremost among them, in the eyes of China’s leaders, the United States.  The Obama administration, for its part, looks set to continue its policy pivot to Asia.  The authors will discuss their book, analyzing China’s security concerns and how the U.S. can protect its interests in Asia without triggering a confrontation with China.  

    Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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