Event

DATE
February 01, 2018, 08:00 AM - 05:40 PM

TIME
08:00 AM

VENUE
Texas Union Governors' Room, 3.116

Domestic Drivers of U.S.-China Relations: Politics, Public Opinion, and International Intervention 
February 01, 2018, 08:00 AM - 05:40 PM
Domestic Drivers of U.S.-China Relations: Politics, Public Opinion, and International Intervention 

On February 1, 2018, the Robert Strauss Center will host a conference examining domestic drivers of U.S.-China relations. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For the last decade or more, most policymakers and political scientists have sought to explain U.S-China relations using theories about great power rivalry. Much ink has been spilled on concepts like the Thucydides Trap and whether China is a status-quo or a revisionist rising power, far less attention has been paid, however, to the role domestic politics plays in the bilateral relationship and in the two countries relations with third parties including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Under President Xi Jinping, China’s political system has changed from collective leadership to one man rule. Meanwhile, the U.S. Donald Trump led a successful campaign against rooted in anti-establishment populism. This conference will examine how these and other important domestic factors influence Chinese and American foreign policy decision-making, both towards each other and on issues and regions of common concern. Participants will present scholarship that seeks to clarify dynamics associated with factional political struggles, power consolidation, domestic precommitments, and audience costs, etc.

 

AGENDA & PAPERS UNDER DISCUSSION

7:15-8:00 am: Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am: Welcome Remarks

8:15-10:15 am: Panel 1 - Domestic Influences on U.S.’ China Policy

 10:15-10:30 am: Break 

 10:30-12:30 pm: Panel 2 - Domestic Influences on China’s U.S. Policy

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm: Panel 3 - Domestic Economic Influences on China's Foreign Policy

3:30-3:40 pm: Break

3:40-5:40 pm: Panel 4 - Domestic Influences on China's Asia Policy