With tensions between the US and China escalating, Asia House welcomed Randall Schriver, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, to share the Washington view on relations with Beijing.
Schriver, who served under President Trump and was central to US diplomacy in Asia – including the shift to a more robust China policy and efforts to reach a nuclear deal with North Korea – briefed Asia House Corporate Members on 28 July.
In a wide-ranging discussion that covered defence, technology and trade issues, Schriver outlined recent US engagement with China, the challenges that have since emerged, and how he sees relations in the region playing out beyond the 2020 US Presidential elections.
Asia House Corporate Members joined the digital discussion from around the world, with Schriver asked about possible future measures the US could take against China, and how he interprets Beijing’s long-term diplomatic aims.
Geopolitical questions included the role of India in regional security; the nature of the US relationship with Taiwan; and the current dynamics between Russia and China. The risk of the Middle East being drawn into US-China tensions was also discussed.
Schriver was also asked for his thoughts on how a possible Biden presidency could reshape US policy in Asia, as well as the emerging front in US-China rivalries: technology.
Moderated by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, the comprehensive briefing gave Asia House Corporate Members an opportunity to hear the latest insights from Washington on an issue that is reshaping global trade and investment.
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