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December 17, 2004

USCPF Annual Panel Discussion and Luncheon

On December 17, the US-China Policy Foundation held its 9th Annual panel discussion and luncheon at the National Press Club. The morning panel, held in the Murrow Room, focused on the prospects for US-China relations during the second Bush administration. While the Foundation generally holds its annual event in September or October, but it was postponed during this election year so the panelists would have the opportunity to discuss the results of the election and its implication for US-China relations.

The distinguished panel of speakers included Dr. Kenneth Lieberthal, a former member of the National Security Council and visiting Brookings fellow, Dr. Mike Lampton, the Director of Chinese Studies at the Nixon Center and Mr. Alan Romberg, a Senior Associate at the Stimson Center. The panel was moderated by the Honorable James Sasser, a former US ambassador to China.

Dr. Lieberthal began with a brief overview of the major sources of ongoing momentum in the US-China relationship but then focus on about five issues that warrant close tracking as potential sources of problems as the second Bush administration unfolds. Dr. Lampton then addressed the tensions in U.S.-China relations and how they can be most effectively managed in the second term of George W. Bush. Mr. Romberg finished the morning session with a discussion of Cross-Strait tensions in the coming four years as well as alternative visions for the long term, after which Ambassador Sasser offered his closing remarks.

The luncheon portion of the event was held in the First Amendment Room, and included a speech by Admiral Dennis Blair, the former Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command and current president of the Institute for Defense Analyses. In his speech, Admiral Blair discussed the potential problems for US-China relations and how such problems could be avoided. Admiral Blair stressed the need for greater military-to-military communications between our two countries so that lines of communication are well established should an emergency arise.

The panel discussion was broadcast live on C-SPAN, and the panel discussion and luncheon address will appear as a series of articles in an upcoming edition of the Washington Journal of Modern China.

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