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  • Speaker | 9 January, 2020

    US-China security ties in an era of increasing bilateral competition

    While frictions between the United States and China in the areas of
    trade and technology are certainly noteworthy, the most critical
    driver of potential instability between Washington and Beijing
    actually consists of clashing security perceptions and policies. What
    is the status of bilateral security ties and how might they develop
    going forward? What can be gleaned from China’s 2019 Defense White
    Paper about Beijing’s military strategy? Will we see increasing
    competition between the two countries in the security arena?


    Michael Swaine is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for
    International Peace and one of the most prominent American analysts in
    Chinese security studies. Formerly a senior policy analyst at the RAND
    Corporation, Swaine is a specialist in Chinese defense and foreign
    policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian international relations.

    He has authored and edited more than a dozen books and monographs and
    many journal articles and book chapters in these areas, directs
    several security-related projects with Chinese partners, and advises
    the U.S. government on Asian security issues. He received his
    doctorate in government from Harvard University.

    Venue: British Embassy Beijing 英国驻华大使馆, 11 Guang Hua Lu, Beijing 100600

    Speaker | 14 January, 2020

    China’s Long March to Technological Supremacy

    Julian Gewirtz, a historian of modern China at Harvard, will discuss the roots of current Chinese ambitions to “catch up and surpass” in advanced technologies. This story is intertwined with Marxism, Maoism, and the tortuous pursuit of modernization by the Communist Party and remains connected today to every aspect of China’s development and global power. Gewirtz is the author of numerous articles on China and U.S.-China relations and two books: Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China (Harvard University Press, 2017), which The Economist called “a gripping read, highlighting what was little short of a revolution in China’s economic thought,” and a new history of China’s 1980s forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2021. www.juliangewirtz.com