Wednesday August 12, 2020

May 26, 2016
Johns Hopkins SAIS, Rome Auditorium
Washington, DC


On May 26, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation hosted a panel discussion titled “Obama’s China Policy and Prospects for the Next President.” Over 100 people turned up to the panel discussion to listen to the experts giver their thoughts and perspectives on the current state of China policy and what it might look like moving forward into the next presidency.

Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs the George Washington University Elliott School of International Studies spoke about Xi’s assertiveness and Obama’s response. He discussed the shortcomings in the Obama administration’s approach to China and put special emphasis on the situation in the South China Sea, how both China and the U.S. have been handling the issue, and what these actions might mean for the future of U.S.-China relations under the next presidency.

Ambassador Richard Solomon, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs and Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation, discussed how to manage the contradictions in the U.S.-China relationship. Ambassador Solomon used historical context to outline the changes that have taken place in China’s foreign policy and the status of the Asia Pacific region and what that means for the United States.

Dr. David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies, outlined the issues and opportunities the next U.S. administration will confront when dealing with Beijing. He went through the questions the next president will have to ask him/herself when prioritizing security needs, the necessity of coming up with a China strategy that balances security, economic, and additional global concerns, and the difficulties the next president will face.

Videos of panelist remarks as well as links to media coverage of the event can be found below. USCPF would like to thank Johns Hopkins SAIS for their assistance with this event.

Panelist Remarks

Media Links

People’s Daily- “美中政策基金会举行美中关系研讨会
Voice of America- “美学者:不看好下任美国总统能改善美中关系
China Review News Agency- “前美助卿猜特朗普若當選美中或就台灣談交易
DW News- “美前助国务卿:特朗普若当选 或就台湾交易
RFI Radio France Internationale- “阻止中国南海扩张? 美国新总统可能也力不从心
United Daily News- “美中問題專家:陸南海擴張 美國無法阻止