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5:40 pm

International Relations Panel

The panel will discuss US-China relations and the challenges they face. Panelists include former diplomats, scholars, and think tank fellows. The discussion covers emerging technologies and conflict management amidst a slowing global economy.

We are honored to have the esteemed panelists Prof. Edward Wittenstein (panel moderator), Dr. Bonny Lin, Prof. Susan Thornton, Prof. Stephen Roach, Prof. Michael Hanscom Smith, and Mr. Victor Gao to participate in a thought-provoking discussion as part of the Yale US-China Distinguished Colloquium. This year's IR panel theme, "Competition Without Conflict," seeks to explore avenues for maintaining a healthy competitive environment between the United States and China while preventing miscalculation and armed confrontation.

The panel will delve into three critical dimensions of US-China relations, highlighting opportunities for collaboration, mutual understanding, and the management of potential flashpoints amidst rising tensions:

  • Technology Competitions: In this segment, we will examine the dynamics of the global technology landscape, focusing on areas of contention and cooperation between the United States and China. The discussion will encompass topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and semiconductors, as well as their implications for global leadership and innovation.
  • Strategic Competition: we will explore the changing balance of power between the two nations, examining the roles of diplomacy, soft power, and military strategy in shaping their bilateral relationship. This conversation will address the importance of fostering dialogue and mutual trust to prevent misunderstandings and reduce the risk of strategic miscalculations.
  • Economic and Military Relations: In this final segment, the panel will delve into the complex interdependence between economic and military factors in US-China relations. Topics will include trade, investment, and global supply chains, as well as the role of military alliances and dual-use technologies in influencing economic decisions. The discussion will emphasize the need for constructive engagement to mitigate potential tensions and promote shared prosperity.

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