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The Big Picture: Part 1 of Election '08 and the Challenge of China

The opening segment of the USC U.S.-China Institute's documentary on U.S.-China relations and the 2008 election. Highlights existing and potential areas of conflict and cooperation.
October 6, 2008

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The opening segment documents the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and its complexity. China has the fastest growing large economy, has become the top producer of greenhouse gases, and is increasingly prominent in negotiations to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

Click here to view Tensions over Trade, part two of Election '08 and the Challenge of China.

Speakers in this segment include:

Jeffrey Bader, director, John Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution and advisor to Barack Obama; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Director of Asian Affairs, National Security Council, Assistant Trade Representative for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

John Frisbie, president, U.S.-China Business Council

Clark T. Randt, Jr. , U.S. Ambassador to China

Michael Swaine, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; former chair and director of the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy

Additional Resources


Democratic and Republican Party Platforms on China, 2008

Pres. George W. Bush on U.S.-Asia Relations, August 7, 2008

U.S. Deputy Sec. of State John Negroponte, "U.S.-China Relations in the Era of Globalization," May 15, 2008

U.S. Ambassador to China Clark Randt, Jr., "U.S.-China Relations," April 21, 2008

Zhuang Zedong, "Ping Pong Diplomacy," September 2007

U.S. Deputy Asst. Sec. of State Thomas J. Christensen, "U.S.-China Relations," 2007

U.S. Deputy Asst. Sec. of State Thomas Christensen, "The State of U.S.-China Diplomacy," February 2, 2007


Harry Harding, "China Policy for the Next U.S. Administration," September 2008

Center for American Progress, "A Global Imperative: A Progressive Approach to U.S.-China Relations," August 13, 2008

Council on Foreign Relations, "US-China Relations: An Affirmative Agenda, A Responsible Course," April 2007

Agencies / Organizations

Center for Strategic and International Studies

China Academy for Social Sciences, Institute for American Studies

Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Council on Foreign Relations

Fudan University, Center for American Studies

Pacific Council on International Policy

PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 PRC Embassy in the U.S.

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Embassy in the PRC

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

USCI and US-China Today Articles

Public Opinion Surveys

"Survey reports Chinese are positive about the present and optimistic about the future," July 24, 2008

"America’s Soft Power is Still Supreme in Asia," June 19, 2008

"Survey: Most Americans Now Have an Unfavorable Impression of China," March 5, 2008

"Survey of American and Chinese opinion: Hope and Fear," December 13, 2008

Meg Young, "Elite Chinese American Group Focuses on Improving Ties," June 20, 2008

Anthony Marra, "Clinton, Obama and McCain Take Stances on China," March 7, 2008

China as a Global Power, November 13, 2007

Damon Ferrara, "Wang Yunxiang: A Few Problems, but That's to be Expected," September 17, 2007

J. Stapleton Roy, "The Future of U.S.-China Relations," April 2007

June Teufel Dreyer, "U.S.-China Relations: Engagement or Talking Past Each Other," April 2007

William Overholt, "Myth and Reality in U.S.-China Relations," April 2007

Harry Harding, "Discussing: Relations in a Changing Economic Environment," April 2007

Warren Cohen, "Discussing: Relations in a Changing Economic Environment," April 2007

Please contact Clayton Dube at the USC U.S.-China Institute (1-213-821-4382 or with questions about the documentary and its themes or screening inquiries. The documentary is also available at the USC U.S.-China Institute’s channel at YouTube.