US-China Relations in the New Eras of Trump and Xi

Professor Dr. David M. Lampton

31 May 2018

Both the United States and China now have leaders who are a departure from recent decades. Domestic politics in each country are creating great pressures on the foreign policies of Beijing and Washington. The geopolitical situation globally and regionally is changing dramatically. In addition, major bilateral and multilateral negotiations in the trade and security areas are unfolding. In this fluid circumstance, what are the prospects for U.S.-China relations in the months and years ahead?

About the speaker: David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also heads SAIS China.  Having started his academic career at The Ohio State University, Lampton is Chairman of The Asia Foundation, former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and former Dean of Faculty at SAIS. He is the author of: Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000 (2001); The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008); and, The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (editor, 2001). He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University where, as an undergraduate student, he was a fireman. Lampton has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was published by UC Press in January 2014.  His current field research focuses on Beijing’s effort to build high-speed rail lines to Singapore.