Posturing? Dispute? Trade war? No matter how you choose to describe it, the imposition of tariffs by the U.S. and China is causing ripples around the globe. Is it possible that the two economic juggernauts are actually on the verge of a trade war? How much of the rhetoric from Washington and Beijing is actually leading to policy changes and how is this affecting overall U.S.-China relations? We asked Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, to sort through the media hype and identify political and economic realities in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Guest

Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, has compiled an unusually diverse portfolio of high-level work: He has served as a U.S. diplomat in Beijing; as an interpreter for Chinese and U.S. leaders, including President Carter and Secretary of State Kissinger; as head of China programs at Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, and the University of Maryland; and as a producer of Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street. Recognized East and West as a leading authority on Sino-U.S. relations, he has testified before Congress, lectured widely in both countries, and regularly offers analysis for top media outlets.

Moderator 

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.