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About the CCUSC


Stories of interest pertaining to the CCUSC and executive director Suisheng Sam Zhao:

April 26, 2019 - Sam Zhao will serve as a moderator to the panel, “Traditional Security: Maritime Security, Politics, Economics, and Strategical Overseas Military Presence” at the 1 St China-U.S.-Canada Young Scholars Dialogue in Washington D.C, Friday, April 26, 2019. This inaugural trilateral dialogue is co-organized by Carter Center, Center for China-American Studies and other two organizations.

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is now the Honorary Director of The Center for China-US Cooperation
DENVER – March 2019 – The Center for China-US Cooperation (CCUSC) at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies is proud to announce Ambassador Christopher R. Hill as the Honorary Director of the CCUSC. 

The CCUSC promotes mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States through forums, conferences, and other programs.  The CCUSC is dedicated to facilitating understanding of the changes in the political, economic, legal, social, and cultural landscape of China.  The CCUSC serves as a bridge in the search for mutual understanding between Chinese and American people by holding public lectures and conferences, hosting visiting scholars, and publishing the  Journal of Contemporary China , amongst other initiatives.

Prof. Suisheng Zhao, the director of the CCUSC, is pleased to comment that “Amb. Chris Hill has long been part of the China Center in many functions. Having him as China Center’s honorary director, we can benefit not only from his knowledge, but also his highly respected stature in China, East Asia, and American international affairs communities.”

Amb. Hill is the Chief Global Advisor and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at the University of Denver and the former dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. A former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, US Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia, and Poland, a US special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief US negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009, he is author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, and a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate.

March 30, 2019 - Sam Zhao made a presentation at the US-China panel at Michigan China Forum at morning of March 30 and gave a mini-lecture on China and post-WWII world order at the China Colloquium, University of Michigan, at the afternoon of the same day.

March 29, 2019 - Sam Zhao made a public lecture at Beijing University of International Economics and Trade on March 25, 2019. The topic of his presentation is “The US Factor in China’s Economic Reform and Open-up”.

March 28, 2019 - Prof. Sam Zhao was interviewed on US-China Trade war and China Foreign Investment Law by CGTN on March 28. Here is the link

March 26, 2019 - Director Prof. Suisheng Zhao and Honorary Director Amb. Christopher R. Hill of the Center for China-US Cooperation (CCUSC) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver led a delegation to the second track II on China-U.S. Relations, which was organized by China Association for Friendship and the School of International Relations and Diplomacy of Beijing Foreign Studies University and co-sponsored by the CCUSC, at the Beijing Asia Hotel, Beijing, China.

March 22, 2019 - Sam Zhao presented at the panel to discuss the joint report on “The US and China in Asia: Mitigating Tensions and Enhancing Cooperation” organized by John Hopkins’s SAIS and Beijing University’s Institute of International and Strategic Studies at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Convention on March 22

March 15, 2019 -Prof. Zhao made a presentation titled “Building a Rule-based Regional Order? China and the South China Sea Disputes” and chaired a panel at the international symposium, “New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Tentative Outlook” held at University of California, Berkeley.

March 14, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was interviewed by Bloomberg News.  In an interview by Bloomberg news, Professor Sam Zhao discussed disillusioned Chinese bureaucrats since President Xi came to office and centralized power in his hands. Professor Zhao said that  “The abolition of term limits, which Xi pushed for and won in last year’s National People’s Congress, and efforts to consolidate his personal authority run counter to the country’s meritocratic tradition. Since Deng Xiaoping, the Communist Party of China tried to institutionalize a system that grooms and assigns young and well-educated cadres to key positions. But that system is breaking down. Bureaucrats don’t dare to do things, as they worry about making mistakes” :

March 8, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture at Middlebury College on “The Evolution of Chinese Nationalism and its Foreign Policy Implications.” See Photos

March 1, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture with the title, “Is a US China cold war inevitable?” at Beijing Foreign Studies University on March 1.

February 28, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture on the US-China-Taiwan relations at the China Times, in Taipei on February 28. While he was in Taipei, Prof. Zhao was also interviewed by the China Times and two interviews stories were published:

February 11, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was quoted extensively in this interview published in The Diplomat. The link is

February 2019 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's new book: Debating Regime Legitimacy in Contemporary China, has been recently published in Paperback -

January 18, 2019 -Prof. Zhao chaired a panel “US-China Relations: Geostrategic Implications” and presented “US-China Political and Security Issues” at the Carter Center and Emory University's three day symposium and gala dinner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of normalization of US-China diplomatic relations and President Carter's unique contributions to US-China relations.

January 11, 2019 -Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture "A New Cold War? The Causes and Future of the Emerging US-China Rivalry" at the School of Public Policy of Beijing Normal University.

January 10, 2019 -Prof. Zhao hosted and chaired a workshop "China's Modernization and Governance in a Comparative Perspective" at Shanghai's Fudan University, and delivered a public lecture at the School of International and Public Affairs, Fudan Universit y, Shanghai.

December 16, 2018 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's TV interview on CGTV discussing US-China relations:

Sam Zhao was keynote speaker at an international conference, Engagement or Disengagement? The Future of Sino-US Relations, in Beijing on December 9. The conference was organized by Intellisia Institute and Beijing University of International Relations, and his speech was titled, “Engagement on the Defensive: From the Mismatched Grand Bargain to the Emerging US-China Rivalry.” He was also a plenary speaker at the International Conference: Singapore as a Nexus of the Maritime Silk Road, in Singapore on December 7. His presentation topic was “China’s Belt-Road Initiative as Top-level Design.”

November 5, 2018 -Professor Zhao was interviewed by Australian radio station SBS on the US mid-term election. The interview was conducted in mandarin:

October 23, 2018 - Professor Zhao was quoted in this Bloomberg news story:

October 2018 - Prof. Zhao's DU Engaging Ideas interview:

October 18-19, 2018 - Prof. Zhao presented a paper and chaired a panel at University of California, Berkeley’s conference, “Coping with Backlash against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies”. His presentation was titled “ China: The Backlash against Globalization and the reform form Global Governance,” and the  panel he chaired was the “National and Firm Technology Strategies in response to the Backlash against Globalization". The link to the conference program can be found here:

October 4, 2018 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's CGTN interview on Vice-President Pence's speech on the US-China Policy shift:

October 3, 2018 -CCUSC Affiliate, Richard Mueller wrote an article for the National Security Forum on "US-China Relations: Dangerous Times Ahead and Some Ways to Avoid Them":

September 27, 2018 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's CGTN interview on North Korean denuclearization issue:

September 3, 2018 -Prof. Zhao's interview on China-African relations on CGTN:

August 6, 2018 -Prof. Zhao's interview with SBS Australia, Melbourne on the topic of "Australia-US-Japan Trilateral cooperation in relations with China":

August 2, 2018 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia at the evening of August 2.  The topic was “China’s Belt-Road Initiative as a Top-Level Design: Can Beijing Achieve its Ambitious Goals?”:

June 27, 2018 - Prof. Zhao's interview at CGTN on Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ recent visit to China and the Mil-Mil relations between China and the US.

CCUSC Director Professor Sam Zhao spoke at the public event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of US-China diplomatic relations hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Relations (CSIS) in Washington DC on May 11th, 2018.  The event was recorded and can be viewed at:

Prof. Zhao's article on the US-China competition and Cooperation in the reconstruction of the world order, published in the Twenty-First Century, a Chinese University of Hong Kong quarterly journal.

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Professor Suisheng Zhao's interview at CGTN’s heat program May 8, 2018 on the implications of US withdrawal from Iran deal for China and North Korea

Prof. Zhao appeared on CGTN April 3, 2018 for an interview on on President Trump’s tariffs and US-China trade war:

March 12, 2018 -Prof. Zhao's interview with CGTN, "Sam Zhao explains China investment in modernizing the military"

Feb 15, 2018 - Prof. Zhao's Op-ed piece "Is America Policy Toward China Due for a 'Reckoning?'" published in ChinaFile:

Jan 17, 2018 - CGTN America "Sam Zhao discusses the latest in cross-strait relations"

Jan 11, 2018 - Chinese Social Sciences Today published an interview with Prof. Zhao on China-US Relations:

Nov 22, 2017 - Prof Zhao was interviewed for an Op-ed "Can rising China replace US as global leader" published in Global Times:

Nov 16, 2017 - Professor Suisheng Zhao’s article “Was Trump’s China trip more than a spectacular show?” was published today by Nikkei Asian Review.

Thursday October 12, 2017 - Prof. Zhao joined the hour-long NPR radio show 1A - “China: How a Superpower Sets Its Agenda,” to discuss the forthcoming 19th Communist Party Congress.
In addition to Prof. Zhao, guests included: Anthony Kuhn, international correspondent based in Beijing China, NPR; Elizabeth Economy, Senior fellow and director of Asia studies, Council on Foreign Relations; and Ji-Young Lee Assistant professor at American University. To listen to the show please visit:

Prof. Zhao was a guest on Radio Sputnik UK's show World in Focus. Prof. Zhao's comments start at about minute 33:

A recent publication by Prof. Zhao in East Asia Forum, published by Australian National University. Read it here:

Prof. Zhao was a guest on The Heat - the episode can be viewed here:

Prof. Zhao was on the BBC - His comments can be heard at about minute 38. The program can be accessed here: President Trump Takes Office

The China Review News Agency story about Prof. Zhao's public lecture at Renmin University's Chongyang Financial Institute on January 14. The topic was “American Reflection on the engagement with China as backdrop of President-elect Trump’s China Policy.”