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]

China Seminar

EWC Insights: China Seminar featuring Richard Hornik (December 10, 2020)

Will China moderate its aggressive foreign policy in a post-Trump world?
Richard Hornik
Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated an already precipitous decline in US-China relations. Donald Trump’s efforts to appear tough on China deserve much of the blame for the worst bilateral ties in three decades, but Xi Jinping’s assertive foreign and domestic policies have played a crucial role as well. Those initiatives began before Trump took office and continued even when they have harmed China’s efforts to enhance its global status in the vacuum created by Trump’s America Only positions. What lies behind China’s Wolf Warrior foreign policy and might Xi dial back his belligerence as Joe Biden takes office?

Richard Hornik is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. During his 30-year career in journalism he served as executive editor of AsiaWeek, News Service director of Time Magazine, and Time’s bureau chief in Warsaw, Boston, Beijing and Hong Kong. He co-authored Massacre in Beijing: China’s Struggle for Democracy, and has written for Foreign Affairs, Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, Smithsonian, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He has an M.A. in Russian Studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in political science from Brown University. He was a Lecturer at Stony Brook University from 2007-19 and was a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong in 2012 and at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2015. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.