US-China Engagement: Past Achievements and Future Adjustments

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2021 marks the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and the United States. There have been ups and downs in the bilateral relationship, but the comprehensive engagement between Washington and Beijing in the past four decades has served as an anchor for global peace and prosperity. However, more recently, in response to the rise of China and its perceived aggressive expansion in trade, technology, and global influence, what began as a “pivot” to Asia by the U.S. has increasingly become an effort to contain and decouple from China.  Engagement policy was declared dead by top American officials. The bilateral relationship is under significant stress.  Against this backdrop, the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) and The Carter Center have decided to organize an online dialogue for prominent Chinese and American experts to reflect on the significance of the past bilateral engagement and how to influence the future realignment of the relationship.


8:00 pm –8:30 pm ( US EST) /9:00 am — 9:30 am (Beijing Time)
Opening Remarks (Beijing Time as Follows)

  • Barbara Smith, Vice President for Peace Programs, The Carter Center
  • Reading of the letter from President Jimmy Carter to the speakers and attendees of the online dialogue
  • Tao Tao (陶涛), Deputy Secretary General, CPAPD
  • Remarks by Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.

8:30 pm –9:40 pm (US EST) /10:00 am — 10:40 am (Beijing Time)

Panel Discussion (Each speaker will speak for 7 minutes)
 Elizabeth Knup, Regional Director and Chief Representative in China, Ford Foundation

  • Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council
  • Long Yongtu (龙永图), former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Trade, former Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia, & former Chief Negotiator of China’s Customs Rehabilitation and WTO Accession Negotiations
  • Daniel B. Wright, President and CEO of GreenPoint Group
  • Zhou Wenzhong (周文重), Vice President of the China-U.S. People’s Friendship Association, former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Ambassador to the United States, former Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia
  • David M. Lampton, Professor Emeritus of China Studies, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Zhu Feng (朱锋), Professor of International Relations, Nanjing University

9:40 pm –9:50 pm (US EST) /10:40 am — 10:55 am (Beijing Time)

Remarks by Senator Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China 

9:50 pm –10:15 pm (US EST) /10:45 am — 11:15 am (Beijing Time)
Questions & Answers

Moderator: Su Xiaohui (苏晓晖), Deputy Director, Department for American Studies, China Institute of International Studies

This meeting is supported by the following organizations:

  • Ford Foundation
  • US Heartland China Association
  • National Association of Chinese Americans
  • Institute of China American Studies
  • China Research Center
  • American China Public Affairs Institute.

The dialogue will be open to public. Those who would like to attend the online dialogue will need to register first. Please click HERE to register.


  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created By: Amy D'Unger
  • Created: 01/14/2021
  • Modified By: Amy D'Unger
  • Modified: 01/14/2021


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