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SOAS China Institute

Biden’s China Policy: Old Wine in New Bottles?

Andrew Nathan
Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Date: 1 November 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 1 November 2021Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



The Biden Administration has accepted the Trump Administration’s definition of China as a “strategic competitor,” and has retained Trump’s tariffs, the “Quad,” and the upgrade in Taiwan’s protocol status. But Biden's China policy is different from Trump's in being truly strategic. The talk discusses the elements of Biden's China strategy and assesses what he is likely to achieve.

About the speaker

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He studies the politics and foreign policy of China, political participation and political culture in Asia, and the international human rights regime. Nathan’s books include Chinese Democracy (1985), The Tiananmen Papers (2001), China’s Search for Security (2012), Will China Democratize? (2013), China’s Influence and the Center-Periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific (2021). He has served at Columbia as director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and as chair of the Political Science Department. He is chair of the Morningside Institutional Review Board (IRB). Off campus, he is a member of the board of Human Rights in China and a former board member of the National Endowment for Democracy and of Freedom House. He is the regular Asia and Pacific book reviewer for Foreign Affairs.


This webinar will take place online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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