US-China Relations: Rising Tensions to Affect Whole World


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The Trump administration has now publicly unveiled its plan to fundamentally shift US strategy toward China. It’s an important acknowledgment that US-China competition is heating up, an overdue admission that the past approach has failed and a national call to action. Last week’s landmark speech on US-China relations by Vice President Mike Pence was notable for two reasons. First, it called out the Chinese government for perpetrating a multi-faceted, well-resourced and shady campaign of foreign influence operations on US soil. Second, it placed that campaign in the context of a global competition between the United States and China that is being waged on every continent and in every realm. The speech’s real significance was its promise that the United States will newly confront Beijing’s worldwide economic and strategic aggression, oppose its internal repression and compel the Chinese government to change its behavior on both fronts. As both countries ratchet up the rhetoric, where is the relationship heading and how will countries such as Vietnam be affected? To discuss the world’s most important and challenging bilateral relationship, come Lunch-n-Learn this Wednesday with former US Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear.

About the guest speaker:

David B. Shear serves as a Senior Advisor for McLarty Associates and advises clients on matters throughout Asia. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from 2014 to 2016. Prior to 2014, Ambassador Shear served for 32 years in the Foreign Service, most recently as the US Ambassador to Vietnam. He also served in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur, as well as in Washington where he served in a number of senior State Department roles.

Ambassador Shear was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy from 1998-1999. He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Civilian Meritorious Service Award for his work in US-Japan defense relations. Ambassador Shear graduated from Earlham College and has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has attended Waseda University, Taiwan National University, and Nanjing University, and he speaks Chinese and Japanese.

EVENT:       US-China Relations
DATE:         Wednesday, October 17
TIME:         12:00pm – 1:45pm
PLACE:        Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi, 1 Thanh Nien Road
COST:         VND 650,000 (members); VND 900,000 (non-members)

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