The White House
Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy
U.S.-China relations in a turbulent time: Can rivals cooperate?
9:00AM - 1:00PM (EDT)
Join us for a virtual edition of the Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy as we take an in-depth look at U.S.–Chinese relations during a time of global upheaval. You can join us for all of the presentations, or just some of them. Feel free to come and go as needed.
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Reflections on China's May Fourth movement: An American perspective
Matthew Pottinger, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump
Moderated by Harry Harding and Shirley Lin
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
James Steinberg, professor of social science, international affairs, and law, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; former deputy secretary of state
Moderated by Miller Center Director William Antholis
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Prospects for competition and cooperation in science and technology
Evan Feigenbaum, James R. Schlesinger Professor, Miller Center, on the national security challenges produced by new technologies
Aynne Kokas, assistant professor of media studies and Miller Center senior fellow, UVA, on the risks and opportunities in collecting personal data through new forms of surveillance
Yen Pottinger, senior lab advisor, ICAP, Columbia University; former HIV Incidence Team lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the prospects for cooperation on COVID-19 and future pandemics
Melur Ramasubramanian, vice president for research, UVA, on the prospects for collaboration between Chinese and American scientists in light of U.S. government concerns on Chinese talent and intellectual property acquisition strategies
Moderated by Harry Harding, Miller Center senior fellow and specialist on Asia and U.S.-Asian relations
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Inside Robert Carl Cohen's China: A conversation with the filmmaker
Robert Carl Cohen, filmmaker, foreign correspondent, author
Moderated by William Antholis, Miller Center director and CEO
Fifteen minutes of excerpts from the film Inside Robert Carl Cohen's China, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, the first U.S. journalist to film in China following the Communists coming to power in 1949.
9:00AM - 1:00PM (EDT)
Robert Carl Cohen
William Antholis (moderator)
Harry Harding (moderator)
Syaru Shirley Lin (moderator)