Race and Foreign Policy

The U.S.-China Relationship

July 29th, 2021

The U.S.-China relationship is complex, and requires confidence in U.S. and Allied interests and strengths, economic and political competition, assertive pushback on China when necessary, and cooperation in areas of vital – even existential – common interest such as climate change and non-proliferation. What we cannot afford in this most important relationship is to allow bias or racism to inform policy choices, or to allow political rhetoric to spiral out of control so that it fuels military conflict abroad or hatred against our fellow Americans at home.

This conversation, hosted by Foreign Policy for America, the Colombe Foundation, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), and moderated by Kaiser Kuo, Host and Founder of The Sinica Podcast, SupChina and author of “White Privilege, American Hegemony, and the Rise of China,” tackled the central relevance of America’s struggle with racism for our two most important geostrategic challenges: the need to effectively compete with China economically and politically to reinforce the liberal order and to cooperate with China in halting and reversing global warming.

Panelists included:

• Peter Beinart, Professor, Newmark School of Journalism, CUNY
• Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation
• Sonal Shah, President, The Asian American Foundation
• Moderator: Kaiser Kuo, Host and Founder, The Sinica Podcast, SupChina

Watch the event here.