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Rethink, Reset, Recalibrate: The Implications of the transition from Trump to Biden on U.S.-China Relations

Dr Elizabeth Economy (Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Council on Foreign Relations)

Date: 13 January 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 13 January 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Round Table


President-elect Biden has pledged a reformed approach to China and the United States' relationship with the outside world but has stopped short of advocating a return to the status quo of the Obama presidency. What is the current status of the U.S.-China relationship after four years of Donald Trump's leadership? How are the overall strategic direction and policy priorities likely to change--or not--under a Biden administration? What will be the implications for the U.S.-China relationship and its impact on the rest of the world?


Elizabeth Economy is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her most recent book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, (Oxford University Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize, a prestigious literary award for foreign affairs books. She is also the award-winning author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2nd edition, 2010), and By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-authored with Michael Levi. She has published articles in policy and scholarly journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review; and op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. In June 2018, she was named one of the "10 Names That Matter on China Policy" by Politico Magazine. Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation. She received her BA from Swarthmore College, her AM from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan. In 2008, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Vermont Law School.

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