Changes in Chinese Foreign Policy Since 2013

"Changes in Chinese Foreign Policy Since 2013" by Ambassador Jianmin Wu

Time: Feb. 14, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Center for Ethics Room 102

Open and Free to the public; complimentary light refreshments at 6:30pm

The United States and China have come a long way in developing diplomatic relations since the historic visit to China by Henry Kissinger in 1971. The 1971 visit paved a way for future cooperation by the U.S. and China, leading to China's reintegration into the world. The past three decades have witnessed tremendous development of Chinese economy and society and China is now a rising power and the second largest economy in the world. Despite negative media coverage of the co-called decline of U.S.-China relations, the two nations have worked together on many issues. In November, 2014 President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a joint statement on climate change at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. A second agreement on climate change was made during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the U.S. in September 2015. The 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the recent cooperation against the North Korea missile test are also strong examples where the United States and China have cooperated to sustain global peace and developments. Given the important postions of the U.S. and China, continued friendly relations between the two countries are crucial for the world. While U.S. and China have many differences, they also have many common interests. The best way to achieve a new big power relationship raised by China's president Xi Jinping is through open and candid dialogues.

About the speaker

Ambassador Wu previously served as President of China Foreign Affairs University from 2003 to 2008 and as China’s Ambassador to France from 1998 to 2003, from 1996 to 1998 as Ambassador of China to the UN in Geneva, and as Ambassador of China to the Netherlands from 1994 to 1995. Besides being the current Executive Vice Chairman of the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy, Ambassador Wu is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Counselors’ Office of the State Council of China, a Member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a Member and Vice President of the European Academy of Sciences as well as a prolific author and expert on international affairs.