Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

China-US Relations under the Obama Administration

Guest Speaker: Professor Tao Wenzhao
Senior Research Fellow, Center for US-China Relations, Tsinghua University

Event Date: Tuesday 1st November 2011
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

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Background Notes on Professor Tao Wenzhao: Tao Wenzhao, senior research fellow, Center for US-China Relations, Tsinghua University, president of Society for Scholars of Sino-American Relations. Deputy director of Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS), and secretary-general, Chinese Association of American Studies from 1994 to 2003. Joined the Academy in 1964. Used to work at the Institute of Modern History under CASS. His research focuses on China’s foreign relations during modern times, history of Sino-American relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Government sponsored visiting scholar at the Georgetown University, the United States, from October 1982 to October 1984; Visiting fellow with the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University in 1993.

His rich publications include: History of Sino-American Relations, 1911-2000 ( in three volumes), (2004); US Policy towards China after the End of the Cold War; (2006); China’s Foreign Relations during the War of Resistance against Japan, (2008).

Synopsis: China-US Relations under the Obama Administration have undergone a zigzag way again. The transition of the relationship from the George W. Bush administration to the Obama Administration was smooth, and the developments in 2009 were successful. But in 2010 there were so many differences, debates, quarrels, even ups and downs between the two countries, and especially what happened around China gave a serious negative impact on the bilateral relations. The US tried hard to reestablish the dominant position in East Asia. President Hu Jingtao paid a successful state visit to the US in January 2011. The visit changed the whole atmosphere in the bilateral relations, set the agenda for the next two years and laid down a solid foundation for cooperative partnership between the two countries. What are the reasons of all these developments? What lessons can we learn from them? What will be the future of bilateral relations? These are the main questions the speaker is going to address.

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