This episode is the second in our series on U.S.-China relations under the Trump Administration. It discusses the nature of the U.S.-China relationship in light of the destabilizing signals President Trump has sent to China before his inauguration including his call with President Tsai Ing-wen, criticism of Beijing’s monetary policy, and questioning of the “One China” policy. Joining us is Professor Chen Dingding who offers a Chinese perspective on Trump’s recent approach to relations with China, his priorities, as well as appointees. So far, Beijing has responded cautiously to Trump’s break with diplomatic conventions. We ask whether it will continue to exercise such restraint and discuss additional trends and predictions for U.S.-China relations in its first year under the new Trump Administration.
Chen Dingding is Professor of International Relations at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute Berlin, Germany. He is also the Founding Director of the Intellisia Institute, a newly established independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China. His research interests include: Chinese foreign policy, Asian security, Chinese politics, and human rights.