With a long-anticipated meeting between President Biden and President Xi at the APEC summit on the horizon, the Quincy Institute and Foreign Policy held a series of conversations with experts and leaders on the state of U.S.-China relations and potential pathways forward to avoid a confrontation. What is the fundamental challenge at the heart of the U.S.-China relationship, and how is it evolving over time? What are the broader implications of a deteriorating relationship for the U.S. and global economy? How are strategic investments being utilized by both nations to exert influence, particularly in the Global South, and to what end? Is a direct military conflict between the U.S. and China plausible, and what would be the potential catalysts and ramifications of such a scenario? The event took place on Thursday, November 9 from 8:30 – 11:45 AM EDT, in-person at Union Station in Washington D.C. View the full livestream of the event below.
Andrew Bacevich co-founded the Quincy Institute in 2019 and is the Chairman of the institution’s board of directors. He is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of West Point and Princeton, he served in the army before becoming an academic. He is the author of several bestselling books including most recently, On Shedding an Obsolete Past: Bidding Farewell to the American Century (2022).
Sarang Shidore is Director of the Global South Program at the Quincy Institute, and a senior non-resident fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at George Washington University, where he teaches a class on the geopolitics of climate change. His areas of research and analysis are geopolitical risk, grand strategy, and climate security, with a special emphasis on the Global South and Asia. Sarang has more than 100 publications to his credit in journals, edited volumes, and media outlets in his areas of expertise, including in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Nation, South China Morning Post, Council on Foreign Relations and others
Joyce Chang is the Global Head of Research and a member of the management committee for J.P.Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. From 1997 through 2012, Joyce held top rankings in Institutional Investor’s Fixed-Income Research surveys for Emerging Markets research, including the distinction of earning 25 #1 individual rankings. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1999, Joyce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue and serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. She also co-chairs J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank Women’s Network.
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. He is also the host of FP Live, the magazine's video channel and podcast, on which he regularly interviews world leaders and policymakers. Before joining FP in 2018, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade in full-time roles spanning three continents, including as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. He has shared a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work as a TV producer, and his writing for FP was part of a series nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.
Christopher Van Hollen Jr. is an American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Maryland since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Van Hollen served as the U.S. representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district from 2003 to 2017. He earned a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.
Adam Smith (D-WA) has served in the House of Representatives since 1996, currently representing Washington's ninth congressional district. Smith serves on the House Armed Services Committee, previously serving as the chair of the committee. Smith attended the University of Washington Law School and previously served in the Washington State Senate.