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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
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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

Speakers:

Discussants:

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Lunch

12:45 – 2:30 pm

(2) Prospects for Political Reform

Chair: Lowell Dittmer, University of California, Berkeley

Speakers:

Discussants:

2:30 – 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 – 4:30 pm

(3) Disparity

Chair: C. Anderson Johnson, University of Southern California

Speakers:

Discussant:

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

Speakers:

Discussants:

10:45 – 11 am

Break

11 am – 12:45 pm

(5) Cultural and Intellectual Trends

Chair: Merle Goldman, Boston University

Speakers:

Discussants:

12:45 – 2:30 pm

Lunch/Roundtable

Roundtable Discussion of Conference Themes

Merle Goldman, Chair
Lowell Dittmer


Elizabeth Economy


Harry Harding


Andrew Nathan


David Zweig

 

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Events

April 26, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute and USC professor Brett Sheehan for a discussion on the evolution of Chinese capitalism chronicling the fortunes of the Song family of North China under five successive authoritarian governments.

 

June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute, the East Asian Studies Center, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a screening of the 1993 Chinese film Woman Sesame Oil Maker (香魂女). It tells the story of a woman in a small village who buys a peasant wife for his mentally disabled son after her sesame oil business becomes unexpectedly successful. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Xie Fei (谢飞).