Happy Holidays! Let our winter newsletter be the bearer of well wishes to you for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.  

We wrapped up 2019 with an engaging slate of events and conferences, bringing together over 3,000 participants over the course of the year. Our hearts are filled with gratitude to all of you – students, faculty, staff, community members and donors – for your steadfast support to the center. Your financial contribution has endowed us with resources to build a strong base of China research; your participation has made the center a dynamic hub for debating China and U.S.-China relations. We welcome your continued participation and financial support in the new year.

Election year 2020 promises to be pivotal for U.S.-China relations. Will the relationship deteriorate further? Or will it begin to stabilize and will both countries pull back from the brink of a complete breakdown?

To gain clarity on these questions, the center will convene another high-level China Forum in the winter quarter that will bring together a cross-section of over 60 thought leaders and experts to discuss and debate appropriate policies the U.S. should take toward China. It will be the second time that the China Forum meets in six months, after a successful inaugural forum in August 2019. We invite you to review the 15 takeaways from the inaugural forum, and then join us for another insightful discussion with current and former policymakers on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 ( register ).

In the meantime, we continue to partner with Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations to organize deliberative meetings by the Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward China. We have recently added science and technology, led by Dean Peter Cowhey, to be a key area of focus for our study of this critical relationship. 

For public education and engagement, we look forward to hosting a series of events that will spotlight recent developments, from protests in Hong Kong to the plight of Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the divergent paths of state formation in Taiwan and mainland China. On the cultural front, we are proud to support the fascinating contemporary Chinese photography exhibit, “Out of the Shadows” opening on March 7 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

The China Data Lab continues to conduct surveys for the China from the Ground Up project. These surveys explore the diversity of perspectives of the Chinese people’s everyday concerns, opinions and values. Under the leadership of Professor Molly Roberts, the lab is also actively planning its annual data analytics bootcamp in February. Also don’t forget that every week, we partner with the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China to hold workshops that bring China scholars from around the world to UC San Diego to share their latest research.

Finally, we invite you to sign up for event updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out original analysis from GPS students in the China Focus blog . And be sure to tune in to our podcast, China 21 .

We wish you happy holidays and a bright start to the new year!
Warmest regards,

Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century China Center; and
Lei Guang, Director, 21st Century China Center
Featured News
In the 8th Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture, former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd discusses the possibility of China and America decoupling — creating two distinct, rival economic, technological and political systems with their own spheres of influence.
In her keynote at the Committee of 100 gathering, Susan Shirk discusses the consequences of decoupling, advocated for serious negotiation, and adds that the U.S. should double down on American openness and not put restrictions on science and technology cooperation.
World-renowned composer Lei Liang, a new member of the center, has won the 2020 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his orchestral work that both evokes the realities of climate change – rising oceans, flooded cities, tumbling mountains – and offers the enduring potential for healing.
Upcoming Events
A Tale from Two Chinese Cities: Resistance in the Year of Anniversaries
Jan. 9 | Register
Geremie Barme, from and Australian National University, discusses the shadow of history on today’s China — focusing on the case of Xu Zhangrun at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the uprising in Hong Kong.

The Xinjiang Crisis: Domestic and International Reactions
Jan. 23 | Register
A panel of experts will illuminate the economic, political and technological drivers of the repression of Uyghurs, a Muslim and Turkic-speaking ethnic group under mass surveillance and with more than a million detained by the Chinese government.

Between Competition and Cooperation: The Future of the U.S.-China Relationship
Feb. 1 |  Register
In a public panel for the 2020 China Forum, former U.S. national security officials, including Stephen Hadley who is co-chair of the forum and James Steinberg, former deputy national security secretary of state, will share the stage with others to offer insights into how the U.S. and China can restrain competitive excesses, sustain cooperative energies and work out a modus vivendi given their increasingly divergent interests.

State Formation in China and Taiwan
Feb. 20 | Register
Julia Strauss, professor at the University of London, argues in her new book that accounting for the two variants of the Chinese state in the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China solely in terms of their divergent ideology and institutions fails to recognize their similarities and their relative successes.
Profiles of China Scholars and Speakers
Geremie Barmé is a historian, cultural critic, filmmaker, translator and web-journal editor who works on Chinese cultural and intellectual history from the early modern period (1600s) to the present. He was the founding director of the Australian Centre on China in the World and a professor of Chinese History at Australian National University. In 2016, he founded The Wairarapa Academy for New Sinology, which publishes China Heritage . He will deliver a lecture on Jan. 9.
Gerry Shih is the Washington Post China correspondent based in Beijing. He previously covered China as Beijing correspondent for The Associated Press. Before that, Shih was based in San Francisco, where he wrote about Silicon Valley and California politics for Reuters and the New York Times. Shih attended Stanford University. His recent coverage includes the repression of Uyghurs in Northwestern China and will be part of a panel discussion on Jan. 23.
Stephen Hadley served as the national security adviser from 2005 to 2009. In that capacity, he was the principal White House foreign policy adviser to then-President George W. Bush, directed the National Security Council staff, and ran the interagency national security policy development and execution process. As the co-chair of the China Forum, Hadley will moderate a discussion with Chinese and American national security policymakers on Feb. 1.
Quick Links
China Focus is an online magazine dedicated to providing depth and context for understanding China and U.S.-China relations. It is run by GPS students with the support of the center. Enter the Essay Contest for a chance to win a $1,000 prize (deadline: Jan. 5, 2020).

China Research Workshops is an interdisciplinary series that features new academic research by UC San Diego scholars and visiting researchers.

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Support – starting with their angel investment in 2012, our founders have remained supporting pillars of the center. Beginning in 2016, a new group of members, called the 21st Century China Center Leadership Circle, joined the founders in generously supporting the center's activities. The center also receives support from Qualcomm, the Henry Luce Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation, The Benbough Legler Foundation, East West Bank, the Asia Group Foundation and other institutional partners. It welcomes tax-deductible donations from alumni, community members and others who want to support our work on China and U.S.-China relations. You, too, can make a difference with a donation to the center as part of your year-end philanthropy. 
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