In the last four years, America’s China policy has shifted away from patient multilateralism and integration toward impatient unilateralism and decoupling. Some believe that there is little room for maneuver by the incoming Biden administration to adjust China policy because of Beijing’s intransigence and a flurry of actions adopted in the waning months of the Trump administration, which together lock in strategic rivalry. Others believe there is more opportunity for policy innovation than meets the eye, particularly if US-China relations are viewed through broader adjustments in the administration’s overall domestic and foreign policy frameworks. In this roundtable discussion, a panel of leading experts from the Trustee Chair — Scott Kennedy, Claire Reade, Daniel H. Rosen, and John L. Holden — will discuss the legacy of the Trump administration’s policies, the relative trajectory of the Chinese and American economies, the impact of domestic politics in both countries, and the Biden administration’s various options. On this foundation, they will also offer their own proposals for how to build an effective strategy on commercial issues involving China.
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