The Biden Administration & East Asia

April 13, 2021 @ 12:00PM — 1:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor, LBJ School, The University of Texas

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The Biden Administration & East Asia

Under the Trump Administration US relations with Asia were constantly evolving in surprising directions. While US-China relations worsened significantly due to trade and tech wars, Trump developed an unprecedented relationship with the North Korean regime, marking the start of a new strategy towards working with the secretive country.

Now, President Biden’s administration must pick up where the previous administration left off. Early reports indicate that the new administration will remain tough on China, however many questions still need to be answered. How will the US leverage relationships with other countries in the region? How does the economic and political impact of Covid-19 factor in? Where does the US stand with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the largest trading block in the world that includes China and 14 other countries? How will our national security relationship with China evolve as tech companies become more intertwined across borders? Finally, what do these economic and political relationships mean for human rights concerns, such as the electoral system conflict in Hong Kong and the coup in Myanmar?

To help us explore these questions, CCWA and the OSU East Asian Studies Center have invited Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens from the LBJ School at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Greiten’s work focuses on East Asia, American national security and authoritarian politics and foreign policy. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an adjunct fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, and a member of the Digital Freedom Forum at the Center for a New American Security.