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The U.S.-China Relations Forecast for 2015--Overcast with Possible Sun Showers?

Robert A. Kapp, President of Robert A. Kapp & Associates

Time: December 15, 12:oo noon

Location: The Carter Center

Open and free to the public

During the November 2014 APEC meetings and the ensuing state visit of President Obama, the U.S. and Chinese governments announced new bilateral understandings and agreements; the issues of interest ranged from visas to carbon emissions. After a year of increasing friction between Beijing and Washington, these unexpected announcements served as helpful reassurance that the two governments can manage to deepen the world's most critical bilateral relationship.

Nevertheless, each government operates in a complex domestic political environment, and implementation of cross-border commitments frequently requires behavioral changes at home. These new agreements are no exceptions. What are their key contents, and what does the future hold for each of them, as each country faces the challenges of turning words into realities?

Speaker biography: Dr. Robert A. Kapp is president of Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Port Townsend, Washington, USA. The firm provides consulting services to companies and nonprofit organizations seeking to develop successful activities with China or to engage with policy makers in the field of U.S.-China relations.

From April, 1994 to November, 2004, Dr. Kapp served as president of The U.S.-China Business Council, the principal organization of American companies engaged in trade and investment with China. He contributed regularly to informed U.S. dialogue on China, through Congressional testimony, published articles, frequent media appearances, and presentations to educational and community organizations nationwide. He has been widely recognized in the United States and China as a leader in the effort to sustain strong, mutually respectful relations between the two nations.

This event is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Emory University, Georgia China Alliance and The Carter Center.