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The U.S.-China Relationship at the Mid-Way Point of the Trump Administration: Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects

September 17, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

“[Trump] has promised a program of “national rebuilding” to be carried out “with American hands and American labor. It’s a great idea, but there’s a major problem. There is not enough ready American capital to hire all the American hands and American labor that would be required to realize this vision. That capital may have to come from somewhere unexpected: the Chinese private sector.” – David Firestein, Commentary: Why America Can’t Rebuild Without China

Join World Denver for lunch with David Firestein, the founding Executive Director of the China Public Policy Center and former American diplomat. Firestein will discuss China’s economy and U.S.-China trade tensions as we approach the mid-way point of President Trump’s current term in office.

Event Details

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Luncheon, Presentation & Audience Q+A

About the Speaker

David J. Firestein is the inaugural executive director of The University of Texas at Austin’s China Public Policy Center (CPPC) and clinical professor at UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. As CPPC chief, Firestein leads UT’s institutional engagement with China and oversees innovative interdisciplinary research on China-related domestic and foreign policy topics. Prior to joining UT, Firestein served as senior vice president and Perot Fellow at the EastWest Institute; there, he led the Institute’s work in the areas of U.S.-China relations, East Asian security and U.S.-Russia relations.

A decorated career U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, Firestein specialized primarily in China and U.S.-China relations. He is the author or co-author of three books on China, including two China-published Chinese-language best-sellers. Firestein speaks Chinese at the near-native level. Throughout his career, Firestein has played an active role advancing U.S.-China and U.S.-Asia trade. He has also produced path-breaking thought leadership, scholarship and Capitol Hill testimony on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation, and the role of national exceptionalism as a driver of major international conflict today. Firestein was also a principal architect of the U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue.


$35.00 WorldDenver Members

$50.00 NonMembers

$35.00 WorldDenver Member Guest

$30.00 WorldDenver Young Professional

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September 17, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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