Chen Xiangyang, Director and Research Professor, CICIR
Jun 21, 2013
The Xi-Obama Summit at Sunnylands provided an opportunity for the leaders of two global powers to confront challenges facing their nations. While many hope for an optimistic relationship moving forward, Chen Xiangyang encourages a sober approach as the long-term relationship develops.
Tao Wenzhao, Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Jun 13, 2013
American and Chinese audiences have received the Sunnylands summit between Presidents Xi and Obama very differently. According to Tao Wenzhao, the meeting was of great historical significance to China-US relations, marking a new path for major power relations.
Stephen Walt, Professor, Harvard University
Jun 07, 2013
In the struggle for global hegemony, Asia will be a key region. The United States’ influence in the region is at a key point as China continues to rise. With the Xi-Obama summit arriving, the definition of each states’ interests by its leader will be critical in the creation of a potential new relationship between the world’s two largest powers.
Stephen Harner, Former US State Department Official
Jun 06, 2013
One of the crucial factors in defining the success of Sunnylands will be the discussion of the US pivot to Asia. The current situation and future plans of the US shift are cause for instability in the region. Positive change can only come if the US relinquishes some responsibility to China and other regional powers.
David Shorr, a strategic thinker and veteran program manager
Jun 05, 2013
When Barack Obama and Xi Jinping meet this week for an unusual two-day summit in Rancho Mirage, California, the two presidents will lay the ground for their joint stewardship of a bilateral relationship often described as the world’s most important.
Jun 04, 2013
As Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping prepare for their upcoming meeting in California this week, Ian Bremmer and Jon Hunstman Jr. discuss the ways in which they must seize the opportunity to improve relations or risk seeing bilateral relations sour for the next decade.
Ruan Zongze, VP, China Institute of Int'l Studies
Jun 04, 2013
As the two Presidents of China and the United States prepare to meet, Ruan Zongze writes that a co-operative Sino-US relationship will help the world advance towards a better future; on the contrary, their confrontation will lead to global retrogression.
David Gosset, Founder, Euro-China Forum
Jun 03, 2013
The world should be optimistic ahead of the Obama-Xi summit in California. The two-day meeting will likely feature conversation about issues such as cyber-security and the trade. However, the main goal will be for the two statesmen to become familiar and establish a working relationship so they can pursue future goals both for their countries and for the international community.
Shen Dingli, Professor, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
May 30, 2013
The casual style of the summit at the Sunnylands estate, without much diplomatic protocol, offers a unique opportunity, writes Shen Dingli. Instead of mutual suspicion, China and the US should jointly open a new window at Sunnylands and breathe the air of freshly discovered trust.
David Shambaugh, Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the China Policy Program, George Washington University
May 30, 2013
The meeting between the American and Chinese presidents in June is the most important summit meeting on the diplomatic calendar this year, writes David Shambaugh.