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U.S.-China Relations: A Generational Challenge

  • 1732 Longworth House Office Building (map)

 The National Bureau of Asian Research and US-China Business Council in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group present: U.S.-China Relations: A Generational Challenge

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Longworth 1732

Light refreshments will be served

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U.S.-China relations in modern times has been defined by competition and cooperation. China’s rise has engendered fears of economy insecurity in the United States while the respective economies have become interdependent. China’s growing military capabilities and energized visions as a hegemonic power have led to tensions with the U.S.-led liberal world order, while neither wants war. Underlying these geopolitical concerns are domestic political factors that sometimes drive foreign policy calculations for both countries, as we’ve seen in the recent tariff battles. Given the fundamental challenges, it appears that relations with China is not one to be solved, but to be managed over generations. This briefing will take a step back from the headlines news and offer a longer-term perspective outlining the fundamental challenges in domestic politics, trade, and security that affect U.S.-China relations today and that lay before U.S.


Erin Ennis has been Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council since February 2015, after serving as Vice President since 2005. In that position, she directs USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work for member companies and
oversees USCBC’s Business Advisory Services. Prior to joining USCBC, Ms. Ennis worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, the international consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas “Mack McLarty. At Kissinger McLarty, Ms. Ennis was responsible for implementing strategies for international business clients on proprietary trade matters, primarily in Vietnam and Japan.

At the Office of the US Trade Representative from 1996 to 2000, Ms. Ennis first worked in Congressional Affairs on Asia issues, including annual approvals of China’s most favored nation status and the ill-fated 1997 push to renew presidential “fast track”
negotiating authority. Beginning in 1998, she was assistant to Deputy US Trade Representative Richard Fisher, who led US trade negotiations and enforcement with Asia, the Americas, and on intellectual property rights.

Roy D. Kamphausen is Senior Vice President for Research at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He provides executive leadership to NBR’s policy research agenda on security, politics, energy, economics, and trade. Mr. Kamphausen
directs NBR’s engagement with the administration, U.S. Congress, and foreign embassies in Washington, D.C., and integrates the work of Admiral Jonathan Greenert, NBR’s Shali Chair in National Security Studies, with ongoing programs and new initiatives.

In April 2018, Mr. Kamphausen was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to be a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a career U.S. Army officer. As a China foreign area officer, his career included assignments as China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, China strategist for the chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, and a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Benjamin Shobert is Senior Associate for International Health at NBR. He advises and contributes to NBR research programs on international health in Asia.

Mr. Shobert is also the Director of Strategy for health business strategy at Microsoft where he leads strategy engagements with national governments, providers, and the biotech community. Prior to Microsoft, he was Founder and Managing Director of Seattle-based
Rubicon Strategy Group, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in market access work in China’s healthcare, life science, and senior care industries. In 2013, Rubicon completed the first syndicated research report on Myanmar’s healthcare system. For six
years, Mr. Shobert wrote a column for the Asia Times on U.S.-China trade and economic policy with a particular focus on how relations between the two countries were impacted after the 2008 financial crisis. His latest book, Blaming China: It Might Feel
Good but It Won’t Fix America’s Economy
 explores the future of U.S.-China economic and political relations.