The Enduring Paradox of US-China Relations: Admiration, Ambivalence, Antagonism


This talk is organised under the auspices of the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme

The US-China relationship—arguably the world’s most consequential—is defined by a paradox: while the two countries have never been so interdependent nor shared as many global interests, they are also at odds with one another on a growing list of international and regional issues. Professor Gill will explore the past, present and future of this complex and all-encompassing relationship. Among the questions he will address: Is the current downturn in US-China ties a long-term “new normal” for the relationship? What are the drivers and constraints in China’s foreign policy toward the United States? How will China’s foreign policy toward the United States affect regional security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific?


Professor Gill is a renowned China expert with a 25-year international career as a scholar, policy advisor and institution-builder. He is currently Director of China Matters, a not-for-profit advisory based in Sydney, and a Visiting Professor with the United States Studies Centre at University of Sydney. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and on the editorial boards of China Quarterly and Journal of Contemporary China. He has been the author, co-author, or editor of seven books and more than 150 other publications, mostly focusing on China and Asia-Pacific affairs.


The Tan Chin Tuan Professorship in Chinese Studies and the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme were established to honour Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan, whose legacy of philanthropy is transforming lives even today through the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. Yale-NUS has appointed Professor Scott Cook, an expert in Chinese history, as our inaugural Tan Chin Tuan Professor of Chinese Studies.

Under the auspices of the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme, which aims to increase the understanding of China and Chinese culture amongst the students at Yale-NUS College, the Foundation has supported the Chinese Language Scholarship Programme and co-curricular activities which help deepen our students’ knowledge of China.

Wed Jan 13, 2016
6:15 PM - 7:30 PM SGT
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