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John PomfretCCUSC Jackson/Ho Forum Series Presents:

Speaker -John Pomfret - “The US and China in the Era of Donald Trump”
Discussant - Amb. Christopher Hill
Moderator - Prof. Suisheng Zhao
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: SIE Complex - 5th Floor – Maglione Hall
Amb. Chris Hill2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208

The election of Donald Trump has introduced a big question mark into America’s relations with China. Will the new president start a trade war with the world’s second biggest economy? Will Trump attempt to refashion America’s relations with Taiwan and thus infuriate Beijing? Will Trump’s vow to build more US naval vessels place the US and China on a path to conflict in the South China Sea? How will Trump handle the prospects of a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons and an intercontinental ballistic missile with which to deliver them?

As for China, how will it react to this new administration, which espouses a decidedly different view of China than the one that predominated in Washington over the past several decades? Will China adopt the role of “responsible global stakeholder” in contrast to Trump’s “America first” ideology? Or will China join the US in a race to the bottom, precipitating further ideological, economic and geostrategic competition that pulls the world down with it?

John Pomfret is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China from 1776 to the Present. He is also an award-winning author who spent decades as a foreign correspondent with The Washington Post. He has lived in China for 20 years since the early 1980s and also covered US-China relations from Washington, DC. As The New York Times said of The Beautiful Country, “Donald Trump (or his next secretary of state) would be well advised to read this timely and comprehensively informative book.”

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School, and author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir. He is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador (Iraq, the Republic of Korea, Poland and the Republic of Macedonia), and served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Special Envoy to Kosovo and Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council.

Lunch Provided.
Please register by Thursday Feb. 16th:


Simon SchuchatCCUSC Jackson/Ho Forum Series Presents:
Simon Schuchat - "U.S. - Japan - China Relationship After Trump"
Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: SIE Complex - 1st floor - Room 1150
2201 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208

Simon Schuchat is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer with three decades of experience in East Asia and the former Soviet Union, including overseas service in Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong – where he led the combined Political and Economic Section – and Shanghai.  His Washington assignments included stints as Chief Economist in the Office of Russian Affairs and Deputy Director of the Office of Japan Affairs.  He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.  At the beginning of the reform era, he was a “Foreign Expert” at Fudan University in Shanghai.  He is fluent in Mandarin and has a working knowledge of Japanese and Russian.

Lunch Provided.
Please register by Thursday March 2: