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Live Webcast: The Nixon Forum on U.S.-China Relations

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This event is now at capacity. Please return here for the live webcast for a day-long discussion on U.S.-China relations that will be co-hosted by the Nixon Foundation and the Wilson Center.

The Nixon Forum on U.S.-China Relations will bring together leading experts, many of whom contributed to President Richard Nixon’s China policy in the 1970s and to the development of U.S.-China relations over the following 40 years.

The conference will feature panel discussions on the most pressing contemporary issues that will shape this vital bilateral relationship now and in the decades ahead: geostrategic tensions, the trade war, and human rights and religious freedom. Keynote addresses by David R. Stilwell, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will anchor the day, which will end with a moderated conversation between three distinguished American diplomats-- Winston Lord, Stapleton Roy, and Chas Freeman-- who worked under President Nixon.



9:00 am                           Welcome by Congresswoman Jane Harman and Hugh Hewitt

9:15- 9:45 am                 U.S.-China Geostrategic Tensions

            Keynote Address by David R. Stilwell, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

9:45 – 10:45 am             Conversation on U.S.-China Geostrategic Tensions

                 Dan Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute
                 Jonathan Hillman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

                 Jean Lee, Wilson Center
                 Edward Wong, NYT and Wilson Center

                                         Moderated by Abraham Denmark, Wilson Center

10:45 – 11:00 am           Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 pm           The Trade War: Any End in Sight?

                Meg Lundsager, Former executive director, IMF, Wilson Center

                Bob Davis, Wall Street Journal and Wilson Center

                John Frisbie, Hills & Co
                Moderated by Shihoko Goto, Wilson Center


12:00-1:30pm                Luncheon with Address by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware in Conversation with The Honorable Jane Harman and Hugh Hewitt

1:45- 3:00 pm                Human Rights and Religious Freedom in U.S.-China Relations

                                       Dave Rank, Cohen Group

                                       Nina Shea, Hudson Institute       

                                       Christopher Walker, National Endowment for Democracy                      

                                       Robert Daly, Wilson Center

                                       Moderated by Katie Stallard-Blanchette, Wilson Center

3:00 – 3:15 pm              Coffee Break

3:15- 4:30 pm               The Nixon Legacy and U.S.-China Relations

               Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr, The Watson Institute
               Ambassador Winston Lord
               Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Wilson Center

                                       Moderated by Robert Litwak and Hugh Hewitt   



  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Hugh Hewitt

    President, CEO and General Counsel, the Nixon Foundation