Gaston Sigur Professor, George Washington University
Jan 09 , 2019
At this time of high stress in U.S.-China relations, it is worth recalling just how far the two countries have come in their relationship over the past four decades and reflecting on the multiple societal bonds that still link them together.
Dec 05 , 2018
The trade ceasefire is only a temporary respite. China is unlikely to concede to America’s major demands.
Sep 21 , 2018
With the all-important midterm elections nearing, and the real prospect that Democrats will take control of the House and (less likely) the Senate, many are wondering if such a change would herald any substantive change in the United States’ policy toward China. The short answer, David Shambaugh argues, is no.
Jan 02 , 2018
2017 was an eventful year for Chinese diplomacy. We may look back on it as the year China cemented its place as a major power in world affairs and reassured the world of its commitment to upholding the existing international system.
Mar 31 , 2017
The stakes for the first Xi-Trump summit are high—but so also is the opportunity to stabilize relations and set a positive tone for future interactions. President Xi and the Chinese side will come to the summit extremely well prepared on a wide range of complex issues confronting the two governments. The question is: how well prepared will the new American president be?
Sep 28 , 2015
The 2015 Obama-Xi Summit must be judged a success. Although areas of disagreement are real and run deep, and not easily resolved progress was made, trust was built, and the two great powers on the planet have stabilized their relations. The question is: How long will it last?
Mar 27 , 2015
President Xi Jinping will visit Washington D.C. in September, providing an essential opportunity for the two leaders to openly discuss bilateral relations, investment, and global issues. David Shambaugh calls on Chinese leaders to engage in action over slogans, and for each side to share their perceptions of the strategic intentions of the other; false perceptions must be discussed and refuted in order to reinvigorate mutual trust.
Jan 05 , 2015
After several years of drift and decline, the US-China relationship ended 2014 modestly improved. The central task going into a new year is to build on this new momentum to strengthen the foundation of the relationship, build strategic trust, and work in tandem (or in parallel) on global issues of mutual concern.
Nov 14 , 2014
The November 11 bilateral summit between Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama in Beijing was a welcome step forward in Sino-American relations. While some tensions were evident behind the scenes and during the two leaders’ joint press conference, on balance the two sides accomplished a lot in one day of summitry.
Nov 14 , 2013
After months of hype, China watchers the world over are underwhelmed by the immediate outcomes of the just-concluded Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee, writes David Shambaugh.