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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

English | 中文

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.


This video is also available on the USCI YouTube Channel.

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 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 

Watch videos of this panel's presentations by clicking on the speakers names

Chair: Daniel Lynch, University of Southern California



11:30 am – 12:45 pm


12:45 – 2:30 pm

(2) Prospects for Political Reform

Chair: Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley


  • Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Waiting for Democracy,- and Waiting and Waiting

  • Andrew Nathan, Columbia University - Political Culture and Democratic Legitimacy in Asia


2:30 – 2:45 pm


2:45 – 4:30 pm

(3) Disparity

Chair: C. Anderson Johnson, University of Southern California



4:30 – 6 pm


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


9 – 10:45 am

(4) Energy and Environment

Chair: Eric J. Heikkila, University of Southern California



10:45 – 11 am


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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