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ASU Insight: U.S.-China Policy: How Do We Get Tough?

The McCain Institute, Arizona State University, Gary Dirks, Sustainability

Gary Dirks, director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

February 15, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University hosted the debate “U.S.-China Policy: How Do We Get Tough?” at the Beus Center for Law and Society in Phoenix, Arizona.

The U.S.-China economic relationship — from trade and investment to high- and low-tech manufacturing — is critical to the well-being of both countries, though negative impacts were emphasized during the recent U.S. presidential election. Since coming to power in late 2012, President Xi Jinping has launched the harshest crackdown on human rights in China in decades and militarized Chinese territorial claims in the East and South China Seas. Yet, China is also crucial for dealing with North Korea. With these complex and contradictory dynamics, what should the U.S. strategy be toward China? Should the U.S. government be pushing back on economics, human rights and security — or seeking to engage China, in an effort to manage these challenges together?

Hear leading experts debate these and other aspects of the U.S.-China relationship at the next McCain Institute Debate: “U.S.-China Policy: How Do We Get Tough?”


Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian studies, American Enterprise Institute

Gary Dirks, director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Deborah Lehr, senior fellow, Paulson Institute, University of Chicago