Press Release

ADVISORY: A Progressive Strategy Toward China

Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation:

Keynote Speaker:

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy

Featured Panelists:

Dr. Harry Harding, University Professor of International Affairs, the George Washington University

Michael Schiffer, Program Officer in Policy Analysis and Dialogue at the Stanley Foundation

Robert M. Sussman, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:

Nina Hachigian, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress

Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all entered the White House in the wake of presidential campaigns replete with promises to be "tougher" on China—only to embrace a more pragmatic approach once the realities of the relationship became apparent. Today, rapid changes to the global economy, China’s rise, offshoring of U.S. jobs, and overall economic weakness combine to give unique momentum to the case that the next president should also take a "tougher" stance.

A new report from the Center for American Progress argues that though we have many serious policy differences with China—on human rights, currency, and Sudan, to name a few—the urgency of our shared challenges, most particularly on the need for dramatic reductions in global carbon emissions, does not allow time for posturing that ultimately fails to deliver. The report, written in the form of a memorandum to the president elect, thus suggests that the next administration adopt a clear-eyed, practical approach called "risk management" that makes steady progress in advancing American interests and at the same time recognizes China’s growing importance to global problem-solving. Without a serious commitment by the United States and China, we will not be able to avoid the most dire consequences of climate change.

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A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

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