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Crisis in the U.S.-China Relationship: What’s next for the two countries?

November 18, 2020

The 2020-2021 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

Wednesday November 18, 2020 from 6:00-7:15 PM

Many foreign policy experts are watching closely as tensions continue to mount between the United States and China. As of now, Beijing is increasingly seen as a competitor and an economic rival to the United States. Although numerous variables and trends in the U.S.-China relationship are long term, the November U.S. presidential election adds an element of uncertainty to the relationship, as the election outcome could alter the growing divide between the two nations. Are tensions between the two nations at a breaking point? 

Join CCWA for a Foreign Policy Forum in light of the changing dynamic between the U.S. and China on November 17, 2020, as we host expert Susan Thornton. Susan Thornton is a retired senior U.S. diplomat with almost 30 years of experience with the U.S. State Department in Eurasia and East Asia. She is currently a senior fellow and research scholar at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale University Law School; director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy; and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


Until July 2018, Thornton was acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policymaking amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and the changing international environment. In previous State Department roles, she worked on U.S. policy toward China, Korea, and the former Soviet Union and served in leadership positions at U.S. embassies in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus, and China.

Thornton received her master’s in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and her bachelor’s from Bowdoin College in economics and Russian. She serves on several non-profit boards and speaks Mandarin and Russian.




This webinar is free, but advanced registration is required.

Registration for this event is now closed. With questions please email dmilan@ccwa.ccwa.org.



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