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China: America’s Greatest Challenger in the 21st Century?

China: America’s Greatest Challenger in the 21st Century?

  • Date / Time:
  • December 03, 2019
  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Venue:
  • National Liberty Museum
  • 321 Chestnut Street
  • Philadelphia. PA. US. 19106

June Teufel DreyerUS-China relations have entered an era of uncertainty and potentially serious peril.  On the US side, a long-standing consensus in favor of engaging China has unraveled, beginning several years ago and accelerating rapidly during the last few years.  Once viewed as an actual or at least potential strategic partner and a major power that could be “socialized” into supporting the status quo international order and perhaps converging toward a more open and liberal order domestically, China is now widely considered in US policy-relevant circles as a strategic competitor or rival, a revisionist near-peer power in the international system, and an increasingly authoritarian regime at home w­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ith a growing interest in promoting its model abroad.

How accurate is this increasingly prevalent picture of China?  What does it imply for US policy?  How should US policy address China across the numerous, varied, and complex issue areas that have become major elements of bilateral relations and freighted with implications for other states and the international order?

To explore these issues, we are pleased to feature one of the leading thinkers on China today – June Teufel Dreyer, a senior fellow at FPRI and a professor of political science at the University of Miami.  Formerly a senior specialist at the Library of Congress, she has served as advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as a commissioner on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (established by the US Congress).

She is author of China’s Political System, now in its 9th edition, as well as the prizewinning volume Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun:  Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present (Oxford, 2016) and China’s Forty Millions: Minority Nationalities and National Integration in the People’s Republic of China (Harvard, 1976).  She is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Taiwan in the Tsai Era (Columbia University Press). 

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