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VENUE:Center for the Study of Contemporary China
COVID-19 has had a major impact on U.S.-China relations, with government leaders and others in each country condemning the other’s handling of the pandemic, travel restrictions disrupting economic, social, and academic ties, concerns about supplies of equipment, pharmaceutical inputs, and other goods accelerating discussions of supply-chain diversification. At the same time, the novel coronavirus crisis has underscored the U.S.’s and China’s interconnectedness and mutual vulnerability, and prompted more urgent calls for international cooperation to detect, contain, and develop responses to global pandemics and other nontraditional security threats. As the United States prepare for a transition from the Trump presidency to a Biden administration, what effect will each country’s handling of the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 have on bilateral relations? What are the prospects for more cooperation over COVID and, in turn, other issues?
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