Randall Schriver, Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs
The Trump administration has seen a major shift in US policy towards China, with President Trump initiating a trade war and taking a hard line on China’s tech sector – including recent sanctions on Huawei.
The coronavirus pandemic and the Hong Kong national security law have only heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing, leaving the ‘Phase One’ deal struck earlier this year looking increasingly fragile.
While in post, Randall Schriver, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, was at the heart of this policy shift. Serving under President Trump until December 2019, Schriver advocated a robust approach to China, and was one of the first US officials to publicly criticise the internment of ethnic Uighurs in the country.
In this off-the-record digital briefing convened exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members, Schriver will share his views on US policy on China, and how he envisages bilateral relations playing out amid an increasingly polarised geopolitical landscape.
He will also discuss the potential outcomes of the US elections in November, including whether a victory for Joe Biden – who is enjoying a surge in the polls – could lead to a relationship reset between the world’s two largest economies.
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