The U.S.-China relationship, despite ups and downs, remains one of the most important and challenging bilateral relationships in contemporary politics. Cooperation and competition have emerged as dominant themes as the relationship progresses.

C.H. Tung gave his thoughts on maintaining momentum in U.S.-China relations, with special emphasis on the South China Sea. Carnegie’s Douglas H. Paal moderated.

This discussion was off the record.    

C.H. Tung

C.H. Tung is the vice chairman of the Twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of the People’s Republic of China. He is the founding chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation and Our Hong Kong Foundation. Prior to these appointments, Tung served as the first chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China from July 1997 to March 2005. 

Douglas H. Paal

Douglas H. Paal is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan. He was on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush between 1986 and 1993 as director of Asian Affairs and then as senior director and special assistant to the president.