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The Future of U.S. – China Relations

USCI's inaugural conference explored the multidimensional and evolving U.S. – China relationship. This article includes links to videos, to panel presentations, and to copies of the papers presented.
May 8, 2007

This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Friday, April 20 - Saturday, April 21, 2007
USC Davidson Conference Center
Sponsored by the USC U.S. - China Institute

The Herbert G. Klein Lecture and Keynote Address: Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2001 after 45 years of service. Mr. Roy was born and grew up in China, later graduating from Princeton University. He served in Moscow during the Cold War and also in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taipei. When the U.S. and China restored relations in 1979, Mr. Roy was made deputy chief of mission. He later returned to Beijing as America’s top representative, serving as ambassador from 1991 to 1995. He was also ambassador to Singapore (1984-86) and Indonesia (1996-99). Mr. Roy was promoted to the Foreign Service’s highest rank, Career Ambassador, in 1996. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Roy was Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. Since 2001, Mr. Roy has been managing director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm.

The Herbert G. Klein Lecture is sponsored by the USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Click here for a transcript of Ambassador Roy's presentation.

Conference Program 

Click on the presenter's name for a short biographical note.

Click on the presentation title to download a copy of the paper or presentation.
Information about press coverage of the conference is available here.

Click below for a selection of conference photos

Click here to view conference photos

Friday, April 20


8:30 am
Registration, refreshments
9:30 am Welcome - President Steven B. Sample
9:45 – 11:30 am

(1) State to State Relations in a Changing Economic Environment
(videos of this panel's presentations are available by clicking on the speakers names)

Chair: Daniel Lynch, University of Southern California



11:30 am – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 – 2:30 pm

(2) Prospects for Political Reform
(videos of this panel's presentations are available by clicking on the speakers names)

Chair: Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley



2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 4:30 pm

(3) Disparity
(videos of this panel's presentations are available by clicking on the speakers names)

Chair: C. Anderson Johnson, University of Southern California



David Dollar, World Bank, was to present “Poverty, Inequality and Social Disparities During China's Economic Reform.” Unfortunately, Dr. Dollar was not able to attend the conference.

4:30 – 6 pm Reception
6 – 7:30 pm

Introduction by Provost C.L. Max Nikias

The Herbert G. Klein Lecture by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy 
Video available above. Click here for a transcript.
(World Journal article on Amb. Roy's talk.)


Saturday, April 21
8:30 am Refreshments
9 – 10:45 am

(4) Energy and Environment

Chair: Eric J. Heikkila, University of Southern California



10:45 – 11 am Break
11 am – 12:45 pm

(5) Cultural and Intellectual Trends

Chair: Merle Goldman, Boston University



12:45 – 2:30 pm


Roundtable Discussion of Conference Themes

Merle Goldman, Chair
Lowell Dittmer

Elizabeth Economy

Harry Harding

Andrew Nathan

David Zweig

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Parking at USC

Enter campus at Gate 4 on Jefferson Blvd at Royal Street. At the gate, tell the attendant that you are attending the USCI conference at the Davidson Conference Center. The parking fee is $7. The conference center is directly east of the parking structure, at the intersection of Jefferson Blvd and Figueroa. Click here to view and print a map of the USC campus.

For more information, please call (213) 821-4382 or email



October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.

October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
Los Angeles, California

The USC U.S.-China Institute, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and USC Shoah Foundation present a screening of the film Above the Drowning Sea, the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Followed by a panel conversation.