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  • Speaker | 10 July, 2015

    China’s gambit in the South China Sea

    China appears to alternate between alarmingly assertive actions in the South China Sea and goodwill outreach to Southeast Asia, at times pursuing both approaches simultaneously.  The International Crisis Group’s Senior China Analyst Yanmei Xie will discuss the calculations and decision-making process driving Beijing’s South China Sea policy. Drawing from her recent report, “Stirring up the South China Sea (III): A Fleeting Opportunity for Calm,” Ms. Xie will review and analyze China’s internal debate on its maritime strategy, as the country tries to strike a balance between the quest for maritime control and regional stability.

    DATE: July 10 (Friday)
    TIME: 10-11:30am
    VENUE: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Sanlitun Dong Yi Road, Chaoyang District
    ENTRANCE: Only with registration! Free to FCCC members, 80 RMB on the door to non-members. Please bring your passport or photo ID!
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/10072015/
    Yanmei Xie is International Crisis Group’s Senior China Analyst. She joined the Crisis Group in 2012, focusing on Chinese foreign policy and its impact on conflict and potential conflict situations. Prior to joining the Crisis Group, she worked as a journalist in Washington DC for C-SPAN, the Capitol News Connection, Fox News, and the McGraw Hill Co., covering the Congress and presidential elections. Before moving to the United States, she was an international news producer at China Central Television.

    Book Talk, Speaker | 8 July, 2015

    U.S.-China Diplomacy and Distrust: How They Got Here

    The U.S. and China are in a tense standoff marked by a rivalry for regional defense and political power. But their relationship hasn’t always been so strained. Rewind to 1945, when the United States was on surprisingly congenial terms with China’s Communist rebels. By year’s end, cordial relations had been replaced by chilly hostility and distrust.

    There’s been an evolution for the two superpowers. Join former China correspondent and old China hand Richard Bernstein as he looks at the roots of the U.S.-China relationship, examining the first time American power and good intentions came face-to-face with a powerful Asian revolutionary movement. Bernstein will map out the details– from ferocious infighting among U.S. leaders to the complexities between Mao and Stalin–challenging the assumptions about modern Sino-American relations and their origin.

    DATE: July 8 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 5-6:30pm
    VENUE: Beijing American Center, Suite 2801, Jingguang Center, Hujia Lou, Chaoyang District
    ENTRANCE: free, only with registration and photo ID.
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/08072015/ by July 7, 3pm. If you are planning to bring a recording device, please say so in your reservation note. Unannounced recording devices will not be allowed in.

    Richard Bernstein studied Chinese history with the legendary John K. Fairbank at Harvard University before becoming one of the first American journalists to be stationed in the People’s Republic of China, opening the Time bureau in Beijing in 1980. He then spent twenty-five years as a staff correspondent for the New York Times for which he has reported from more than two dozen countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. His full-length postings have included the United Nations, Paris, and Berlin. In between these postings he was the Times’ National Cultural Correspondent and a daily book critic.Mr. Bernstein’s articles and commentaries have appeared in The New Republic, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Review of Books. He is the author of nine books including, Ultimate Journey: Retracing the Path of an Ancient Buddhist Monk Who Crossed Asia in Search of Enlightenment.  His new book is China 1945: Mao’s Revolution and America’s Fateful Choice.