China and the U.S.: Frenemies or Just Foes?

The Graduate Center, CUNY · China and the U.S.: Frenemies or Just Foes?

Today’s guest Ming Xia is a professor of Political Science at the College of Staten Island and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is author of The Dual Developmental State and The People’s Congresses and Governance in China and co-editor of The Crown of Thorn: Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize and recently Explaining Power with Political Science: Misgovernment by Demagogues from China to the U.S., 2010–2020. He was also a co-producer of an HBO Oscar-nominated documentary film “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan.” He has published dozens of articles and frequently commented on U.S.-China trade and financial relations, political economy in China, organized crime, and globalization.

Xia is making a return appearance to The Thought Project at a time when China is regularly in news as a growing, if not dominant economic power; for the expansion of its military spending to build a bigger ‘Blue Navy’ as it contests the West’s access to the South China Seas and for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics that has become a target of human rights protests including a recently announced diplomatic boycott led by the United States with the United Kingdom joining, as well. During the Trump administration, the diplomatic relations between Beijing and Washington declinedprecipitously, as they traded blame over the coronavirus pandemic, remained locked in a trade war, competed over 5G networks and other technologies, and clashed over human rights abuses in Xinjiang and stifled protest democracy protests in Hong Kong. The U.S. is now confronted with the most difficult diplomatic challenge since the Cold War. We discuss these issues with Xia and more.

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Submitted on: DEC 17, 2021

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