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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 07:30 pm | Foreign Policy
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China and the West: Challenges and Opportunities

How should the West manage its increasingly complex relationships with China? This is the central question that this discussion among leading American China-specialist David Shambaugh and distinguished former German ambassador to China Michael Schaefer, will address. Shambaugh claims that America’s and Europe’s relations with China share some commonalities that the transatlantic partners should pursue in tandem, while in other areas they compete with each other. Is there, in fact, a common set of priorities that Washington and the EU should pursue in common vis-à-vis Beijing – or should each side pursue its own interests? Do the US and EU have a “grand strategy” that guides their approaches to China? What are Beijing’s strategies and priorities in its dealings with the US and Europe? Is there sufficient consultation and coordination among Washington and EU governments? These are some of the important issues that Shambaugh and Schaefer will explore in this evening's discussion, moderated by the executive director of the American Academy in Berlin, Gary Smith. 

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for East Asian Policy Studies and Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and is a member of several other public policy and scholarly organizations. Professor Shambaugh is a frequent commentator in the international media, serves on a number of editorial boards, and is a consultant to various governments, research institutions, foundations, and private corporations. As an author, he has written or edited thirty books, including China Goes Global: The Partial Power (2013), Tangled Titans: The United States and China (2012), and Charting China’s Future: Domestic & International Challenges (2011).

Michael Schaefer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. Among others, he has held the positions of Permanent Representative at the German Embassy in Singapore, head of the Political Affairs Section at the German Permanent Mission to the Office of the United States in Geneva, as well as head of the Western Balkans Task Force and subsequently Deputy Political Director and Special Envoy for Southeast Europe at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. He was also Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office, before being appointed Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, a post he held until June 2013.