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Please join the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for a public panel discussion on the rapidly shifting economic outlook for US-China strategic competition.

This virtual event will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.


Opening remarks

Mr. Barry Pavel
Senior Vice President and Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Conversation with

Mr. Leland Miller
Chief Executive Officer, China Beige Book;
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Atlantic Council

Mr. Dexter Tiff Roberts
Author, “The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, The Factory, and The Future of the World”; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Atlantic Council

Dr. Robert Dohner
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of the Treasury;
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Atlantic Council

Moderated by

Dr. Miyeon Oh
Director and Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

As US-China strategic competition has intensified in recent months, the global economy has gone through unprecedented shocks with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the escalation of US-China rivalry over the handling of the outbreak, the Trump administration has stepped up measures to confront China economically, including strengthening restrictions against Huawei to protect US technology and related industries while urging allies and partners to do the same. In response to China’s recent move to consolidate its control over Hong Kong, the United States has also declared that it will begin stripping away Hong Kong’s special commercial privileges to limit China’s ability to take advantage of Hong Kong’s long-standing role as a global financial hub. As the international community looks ahead to a post-COVID-19 world, US-China relations seem to be approaching an unprecedented low since the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

The event aims to explore critical questions about the future of US-China economic competition and its implications for US national security, such as: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting China’s macroeconomic policy, and what does that mean for US national security and its China policy? How is the trajectory of President Trump’s economic policy shaping US-China strategic competition? If decoupling must happen, in what way should it be guided? What do the recent US actions on Huawei and Hong Kong mean for China’s aspirations of global economic leadership, especially in advanced technologies? As the United States seeks to diversify supply chains, how successful is the Trump administration likely to be in reshoring US companies or moving US supply chains out of China and into third countries? While eliminating Hong Kong’s special trade and financial status would hurt Beijing, how can the United States ensure such measures would not hurt Hong Kong and its residents, as well as US companies?