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.

FEWC Annual Meeting

FEWC Annual Meeting |November 20, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. HST

Online Event
Photo from 2019 FEWC Annual Meeting

Please join us!

This year’s annual meeting of the Friends of the EWC (FEWC) will be held virtually for our members and the community. FEWC President Chad Zane will recap our year in review, our plans for 2021, and elect incoming members to the board.


Ambassador James Moriarty is Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. A career diplomat in the US Senior Foreign Service, he was Ambassador to Bangladesh (2008-2011) and Ambassador to Nepal (2004 – 2007). He also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council, responsible for advising on and coordinating US policy on East and South Asia, and the Pacific region. Jim was EWC’s Diplomat-in-Resident in 1993–94.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees two days prior to the Annual Meeting. 

Attendees who either work or reside near the Maple Garden, may have the option of purchasing a lunch with delivery. Information will be provided as it becomes available.