Commonwealth National Podcast

The UK Sees China As a Friend — Why Don't We?

Martin Jacques, Journalist; Author, When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order Susan Shirk, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; Chair, 21st Century China Program, University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy Additional Panelists TBA As Great Britain enters what some are calling the “Golden Era” of relations with China, the United States continues with its tenuous and tense relationship with the Middle Kingdom. Given the historic closeness and cultural similarities between the U.S. and the UK, what explains this tremendous difference in relations? Understanding this question is relevant to the future of world peace and stability, and we have invited two speakers eminently qualified to shed light on this issue. They will describe the stark difference in reception of President Xi in both the United States and China, why the UK is going its own way with Chinese relations, and the takeaways and implications arising from this issue.