Please join us for a virtual discussion between Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and now-President of Asia Society, and Michael D. Swaine, Director of the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute.
While the Russia-Western confrontation over Ukraine currently dominates the headlines, the Sino-U.S. relationship remains the most consequential long-term great power relationship in the world. How Beijing and Washington engage one another strategically, politically, and economically will have an enormous impact on peace and prosperity across the globe. Unfortunately, both capitals are steadily moving toward an adversarial, zero-sum relationship that bodes ill for the future. It is no longer inconceivable to contemplate a military conflict between the two superpowers.
How can this disastrous outcome be avoided? Kevin Rudd is extremely well qualified to offer an answer. He has deep, pragmatic experience and scholarly knowledge of China and its relations with the United States, Australia, and other nations. In his recent book The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jingping’s China, he argues that it is possible for Beijing and Washington to coexist and prosper through a process of “managed strategic competition.” Rudd and Swaine will discuss his analysis and recommendations in support of that process.