January China Seminar


Denny Roy, PhD
Senior Fellow
East-West Center

Chinese officials are describing the current relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China as the worst since the two countries established official diplomatic relations in 1979.  Yet Beijing also clearly wants to bring the relationship back from what many commentators are describing as a new cold war.  Beijing is sending the new Biden Administration signals as to how to restore a more cooperative and less hostile relationship.  This seminar will survey the main points of China’s pitch, and how the US government is likely to react.  The situation is complicated by both the structure of the international system and by the domestic politics in each country; China and the United States are two major powers competing for influence over the same region, and both governments are also playing to audiences at home who expect success from their own leaders.

Dr. Denny Roy’s work has focused mostly on Asia Pacific security issues, particularly those involving China.  Recently, Dr. Roy has written on Chinese foreign policy, the North Korea nuclear weapons crisis, China-Japan relations, and China-Taiwan relations.  His interests include not only traditional military-strategic matters and foreign policy, but also international relations theory and human rights politics. [Click here to view full bio of Dr. Roy]