RAS Lecture

Wooden Box

Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry

Speaker: Lyle Goldstein Associate Professor China Maritime Studies Institute U.S. Naval War College

JOINT EVENT The Hopkins China Forum and RAS

7.00 pm – Doors Open
7.15 pm – Lecture
8.00 pm – Q&A
8.30 pm – Mixer/Live Jazz

Though a U.S.–China conflict is far from inevitable, major tensions are building in region. These strains are the result of historical enmity, cultural divergence, and deep ideological estrangement, not to mention apprehensions fueled by geopolitical competition and the closely related “security dilemma.” Despite worrying signs of intensifying rivalry between Washington and Beijing, few observers have provided concrete paradigms to lead this troubled relationship away from disaster. Goldstein’s book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry, lays bare both U.S. and Chinese perceptions of where their interests clash and proposes new paths to ease bilateral tensions through compromise. Each chapter contains a “cooperation spiral”—the opposite of an escalation spiral—to illustrate the policy proposals. Goldstein not only parses findings from the latest American scholarship but also breaks new ground by analyzing hundreds of Chinese-language sources, including military publications, never before evaluated by Western experts. Goldstein makes one hundred policy proposals in his book, so as to foster real debate about cooperative policy solutions to the most vexing problems in U.S.-China relations.

About the Speaker

Lyle Goldstein is an Associate Professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), which was established at U.S. Naval War College to improve mutual understanding and maritime cooperation with China. He served as the founding director of CMSI from 2006 to 2011. Proficient in Chinese and Russian, Professor Goldstein has conducted extensive field research in both China and Russia. His research on Chinese security policy, especially concerning maritime development, has been published in China Quarterly, International Security, IISS Survival, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Strategic Studies, and U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Professor Goldstein is the author of Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry (2015). Goldstein’s first book, which compared proliferation crises and focused particularly on Chinese nuclear strategy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2005. Books of which he is co-editor inclucde China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007), China’s Energy Strategy: The Impact on Beijing’s Maritime Policies (2008), China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in a Comparative Historical Context (2009), China, the US and 21st Century Sea Power: Defining a Maritime Partnership (2010) and Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles (2011). Goldstein earned a PhD from Princeton University in 2001 and has an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

About Hopkins China Forum

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