United States and China at 40:
Seeking a New Framework to Manage Bilateral Relations
The Carter Center & Emory University, Atlanta
January 16 -19, 2019
An International Symposium to Commemorate
the 40th Anniversary of Normalization of US-China Diplomatic Relations
The Carter Center
The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries &
The Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
In Collaboration with
The Kettering Foundation
Institute for China-American Studies
National Committee on US-China Relations
Emory Student Government Association
Emory Chinese Students Association
Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University of China
US-China Business Council
Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies
China-United States Exchange Foundation
The Ford Foundation
The National Association of Chinese Americans
Office of Global Strategies and Initiatives, Emory University
Emory Confucius Institute
The China Research Center
Binary New Fintech Limited
CN International Bank
US-Sino Friendship Association
Royal Business Bank
In late 1978, President Jimmy Carter and Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping reached the historic decision to establish full diplomatic relationship between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China. As President Carter said, that decision changed the United States, China and the world. Diplomatic “normalization” took place on January 1, 1979.
Forty years have now passed since the birth of modern U.S.-China relations. To both sides, and to the world at large, this relationship is today one of the most consequential bilateral relationships on earth. The United States and China also recognize that stable and productive relations over the past 40 years have contributed significantly to global peace and prosperity.
At present, however, this relationship is under strain, facing a serious crisis of trust and a broad spectrum of urgent challenges.
It is therefore important for those deeply involved (both practitioners and academics) to come together and share their views on what factors have made the relationship in the past mutually beneficial and what will be required to sustain a viable U.S.-China relationship in the future.
The goal of this Symposium is to examine the past, analyze the present and seek a new framework to manage the future.
Discussions on Day One are jointly organized by The Carter Center, Fordham University, the Kettering Foundation, the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
The program on Day Two is the result of collaborative efforts by The Carter Center and the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, with strong support from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Roundtable discussions will be held at Emory University on Day Three. The Carter Center has joined with the Institute of China-America Studies and Chinese students at Emory University in organizing these sessions.
The National Association of Chinese Americans is organizing the Ruby Gala to honor President Carter and his contribution to the establishment and improvement of US-China relations.
These events would not have been possible without financial support from many parties. We are mostly grateful for the support of the Ford Foundation and the China-United States Exchange Foundation.
Detailed draft Symposium Agenda.pdf is available for download.
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