Beyond Geopolitics: Building a New Framework for Sino-American Relations (at Tsinghua University)

  • Robert Pape and John Mearsheimer listen to Yan Xuetong’s presentation during the public event at Tsinghua University.

  • John Mearsheimer and Yan Xuetong

  • Andrew Moravscik asks a question during the public event.

All day
Through November 4, 2013

Begins
Nov. 2

(See the UChicagoNews report on this conference here.)

Few policy-related questions within international relations elicit as much interest as the changing dynamic between the United States and China. This conference endeavored to firmly root the discussion of the Sino-American relationship as well as the role of China and East Asia within the broader context of international relations scholarship by engaging leading Chinese scholars and policymakers who are working on the same issues.

9:00-9:15                 Introduction: Yan Xuetong and Robert Pape

9:15-10:15               John Mearsheimer: “Conflict or Cooperation? The Future of US-China Relations” (15 minutes)

Chair: Robert Pape (45 minute discussion)

10:15-11:15             Robert Pape: “Why Cold War with China is Implausible” (10 minutes)

Sun Xuefeng: Partially Hierarchical Security Order in East Asia and China’s Rise (10 minutes)

Chair: Chen Qi (40 minute discussion)

11:15-11:30             Tea and Coffee

11:30-12:30             Daryl Press: Conventional War and Escalation: The Looming Deterrence Challenge (10 minutes)

Wu Riqiang: “Sino-US Inadvertent Escalation” (10 minutes)

Chair: Robert Pape (40 minute discussion)

12:30-2:00               Lunch

2:00-3:00                 Jia Qingguo, Identity (10 minutes)

Valerie Hudson, Andrea den Boer: China’s One-Child Policy and How it Affects Foreign Policy (10 minutes)

Chair: Shi Yinhong (40 minute discussion)

3:00-3:20         Tea and Coffee

3:20-4:35                 Zhu Feng: China and US Might Head for ‘New Cold War’: Structural Effect vs. Domestic (10 minutes)

Shen Dingli: Nuclear Cooperation? (10 minutes)

Andrew Kydd: “China, The U.S., and Korean Unification” (10 minutes)

Chair: Robert Pape (45 minute discussion)

5:30-7:00                 Dinner

7:30-9:30  Public Session: Can China Rise Peacefully?

John Mearsheimer and Yan Xuetong (20 minutes each, followed by 5 minute response for each)

Chair: Robert Pape (70 minute discussion)

Tsinghua, Day Two (November 3)

9:30-10:30               Dan Nexon, “Undermining the Hegemon? The Logics of Public Goods Substitution and ‘Soft-Balancing’” (10 minutes)

Xin Qiang: “Values despite Vulnerabilities: Utilities of China’s Aircraft Carrier Fleet” (10 minutes)

Chair: Sun Xuefeng (40 minute discussion)

10:30-11:00             Tea and Coffee

11:00-12:00             Andrew Moravscik, Why Europe and not China (15 minutes)

Chair: Robert Pape (45 minute discussion)

12:00-12:15             Closing: Shi Zhiqin and Robert Pape

Fudan, Day Three (November 4)

9:00-9:15                 Introduction: Shen Dingli and Robert Pape

9:15-10:15               Can US and China Cooperate on Persian Gulf?

Panel: John Mearsheimer, Robert Pape, Wu Chunsi (5 minutes each)

Chair: Shen Dingli (45 minute discussion)

10:15-11:15             Is US-Chinese Nuclear Stability Possible in Next 5 years?

Panel: Daryl Press, Shen Dingli (5 minutes each)

Chair: Robert Pape (50 minute discussion)

11:15-11:35             Coffee and Tea

11:35-12:40             Are Domestic politics in the US and China stabilizing or destabilizing?

Panel: Pan Rui, Valerie Hudson, Andrea den Boer (5 minutes each)

Chair: Shen Dingli (50 minute discussion)

12:40-1:40               Lunch, Presentation and Discussion

Wang Dong: “Coercion with Restraint: China and Extended Coercive Diplomacy” (10 minutes)

Chair: Robert Pape (50 minute discussion)

1:40-2:45                 Will Japan be a source of conflict in Asia?

Panel: Xin Qiang, Andrew Kydd, Daniel Nexon (5 minutes each)

Chair: Shen Dingli (50 minute discussion)

2:45-3:00                 Closing: Shen Dingli and Robert Pape

Organizers: Robert A. Pape (Department of Political Science), with Xuefeng Sun (Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University).