Subject: China-US Relations: Indispensable for Each Other?
Presenter: Art McHaffie
Location: Santa Fe Hilton, 100 Sandoval Street
Cost: $26/CIR Members; $32/Non-members & Guests
Reservation Deadline: Thursday, December 31
Art McHaffie, CIR’s vice president and board member joined the World Affairs Councils of America leadership mission to China in November 2009. President Obama’s China visit coincided with the leadership mission. The WACA group had access to senior government officials in addition to leading Chinese think tanks and universities. Art will share his observations and impressions about China’s economy, its growing interdependence with the US, and the foreign policy implications. Art’s presentation will set the stage for table discussion of questions such as:
- Will US and China’s mutual interests converge or diverge?
- Is the US a true super-power if its major lender can challenge/veto US domestic and/or foreign policies?
- Will US come to Taiwan’s aid if peaceful reunification does not happen soon enough for Beijing?
- Should US continue non-intervention policy with regard to Tibet, Taiwan, Chinese minorities, human rights, censorship?
- What happens to US and China economies if exchange rates are adjusted to reflect market conditions?
- What leverage does US have with respect to China if most-favored-nation status or WTO not at stake?