The US Presidential Election & China's Leadership Transition

Cheng Li, Director, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution; Director, National Committee on US-China Relations

We will also live stream this program at 6 p.m. CT

With the US presidential election less than 100 days away, US-China relations face yet another critical turning point, with both major party candidates emphasizing different trajectories for the relationship. Next year, China faces its own leadership transition at its 19th Party Congress, which likely will result in the largest turnover on the Central Committee in the past four decades. According to the 2015 Chicago Council Survey, there is a trust deficit in US-China relations: just 34% of Americans express confidence in China to deal responsibly with world problems, and only 46% of Chinese say the same about the United States. What are the most important issues and policy implications in both of these upcoming leadership transitions? Please join the Council on Global Affairs and Cheng Li for a discussion on the future of US-China relations.

Cheng Li’s new book Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership will be available for sale and signing from The Book Cellar.

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5:30 p.m.
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A

7:15 p.m.
Adjournment and book signing

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