East Meets West
Unpacking U.S.-China relations in the lead up to the Biden-Xi meeting at APEC
With a long-anticipated meeting between President Biden and President Xi at the APEC summit on the horizon, Foreign Policy and the Quincy Institute hosted a series of conversations with experts and leaders on the state of U.S.-China relations and potential pathways forward to avoid a confrontation.
Tensions over technology, trade, and Taiwan have escalated in the past year, and intensifying rhetoric coming from the highest levels of the U.S. Government has fanned the flames of an already incendiary U.S.-China relationship. With decoupling (or “derisking”) high on the U.S.’ economic and political agendas as the country enters another election year, there is a crucial need for thoughtful discussion on the full spectrum of consequences stemming from escalating tensions.
To address this need, Foreign Policy and the Quincy Institute are partnered to hosted a series of sharp conversations featuring nuanced juxtaposing viewpoints to create a fuller picture of the dynamics between the two countries. What is the fundamental challenge at the heart of the U.S.-China relationship, and how is it evolving over time? What are the broader implications of a deteriorating relationship for the U.S. and global economy? How are strategic investments being utilized by both nations to exert influence, particularly in the Global South, and to what end? Is a direct military conflict between the U.S. and China plausible, and what would be the potential catalysts and ramifications of such a scenario?