Wednesday, October 14, 2015: U.S.-China Relations at the Crossroad

Essential Messages from the Obama-Xi Summit 

Distinguished experts will discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to the United States.




China's President Xi Jinping is set to make his first state visit to the United States in September 2015. This visit takes place against the background of rising tensions between China and the United States over a range of issues, including cybersecurity, the South China Sea, and the economy. Three years into his term, Xi has been assertive in handling territorial disputes with neighboring countries, including American allies, and has taken steps to tighten his control at home. On the US side, President Obama’s "rebalance" policy has been interpreted by Chinese government as a potential containment policy towards China. China policy is also likely to be one of the major foreign policy issues addressed by candidates in the 2016 presidential election. In the midst of these uncertainties, Xi Jinping's state visit will not only chart the course  for the next few years of the US-China relationship, but also have broader global impact. 

Panelists for the evening will include:

Prof. Zhao Ma , Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Joel Glassman, Director, International Studies and Programs, University of Missouri at St. Louis

Prof. Sheena Greitens, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri at Columbia

Mr. Henry Levine, Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group

 Date and Location

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel 
Grand Ballroom
7730 Bonhomme Ave, Clayton, MO 63105


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm:
Registration and Reception
Cash Bar
Complimentary Soda
Heavy Hors D'oeuvres 

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm:
Speaker's Remarks Followed by Q&A

 Registration Info

Cost: $10.00 for students and WAC members, $20 for non-members
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