Lecture by Robert Daly, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on map )

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"U.S.-China Rivalry: Essence and Endgame"

In the United States there is a bipartisan consensus that China is our greatest long-term strategic challenge, but there is no clarity about what that means. Senators give equal weight to “threats” from China’s growing nuclear arsenal and from TikTok. Washington tells Americans that Chinese fast fashion websites, Mainland intimidation of Taiwan, and Chinese citizens’ purchases of U.S. real estate are all enemy weapons in an existential struggle. This lecture will define the challenge from China narrowly and describe conditions under which the fiercest stage of US-China competition might end.

Robert Daly, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, has compiled an unusually diverse portfolio of high-level work: He has served as a U.S. diplomat in Beijing; as an interpreter for Chinese and U.S. leaders, including President Carter and Secretary of State Kissinger; as head of China programs at Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, and the University of Maryland. Recognized East and West as a leading authority on Sino-U.S. relations, he has testified before Congress, lectured widely in both countries, and regularly offers analysis for top media outlets.

Liu Institute Faculty Fellow Kyle Jaros, associate professor of global affairs and political science, will moderate the event.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.