This episode discusses the objectives, strategies, and achievements of President Obama’s management of bilateral relations with China, which the President has called “the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st Century.” The relationship has seen increasing cooperation, particularly on the economic front, as well as heightened competition and emerging challenges. Our guest, Evan Medeiros, offers his reflections on the Obama Administration’s thinking about China and some of the Administration’s major achievements and lessons learned. He then discusses what the future of U.S.-China relations might look like with a new president next year.
Beginning in 2009, Dr. Medeiros served as director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia affairs on the president’s national security staff and later became the senior director for East Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council and special assistant to the president. Before that he worked as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and earned his doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is now the managing director for the Asia-Pacific at the Asia practice for the Eurasia Group.