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US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present (Third Edition)

Book talk on the rise of Xi Jinping and Sino-American relations. 

December 7, 2017 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Sutter's new edition explains US hardening in the face of the assertive Xi Jinping and populistic American rejection of conventional policy in the 2016 election campaign to evaluate Sino-American relations, now determined heavily by two bold and decisive leaders. The strengths and weaknesses of both sides show no imminent power shift in China's favor. Reacting to new pressures from the US president, China remains reluctant to confront America. Constraints on both argue for pragmatism in dealing with rising tensions over various important US-Chinese differences.

Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University beginning in 2011. He also serves as the school's Director, Program of Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Sutter taught full time for ten years at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and part-time for thirty years at Georgetown, George Washington, Johns Hopkins Universities, or the University of Virginia. He has published 20 books, over 200 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States.

Sutter's government career (1968-2001) involved work on Asian and Pacific affairs and US foreign policy for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was for many years the Senior Specialist and Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service. He also was the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the US Government's National Intelligence Council, and the China Division Director at the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.


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