Saturday, September 28, 2019

WORKSHOP: China- US Cooperation (Relations) in Global Governance Cooperation or Conflict? - December 6, 2019 Shanghai University


China- US Cooperation (Relations) in Global Governance
Cooperation or Conflict?

December 6, 2019

Organized by
The Center for Global Governance
Institute of Global Studies
Shanghai University

Information and Objectives

Since Modern China was established in 1949 under the leadership CPC and Mao Zedong, US – China Relations have undergone many changes trigerred by social, political and economic circumstances in both countries. Some of the obstacles, challenges and major historical events experienced in the course of US China relations include the Korean War in 1950, the First Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1954, the Tibetan Uprising in 1959, China’s First Atomic Test in 1969, the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict in 1969, Ping-Pong Diplomacy in 1971, Nixon’s Visit to China in 1972, the establishment of formal ties with the US and the One China Policy in 1979, China vis a vis Reagan’s neoliberal era begun in 1982, the Belgrade Chinese Embassy Bombing by USA in 1999, normalizing trade relations between the US and China in 2000, the U.S.-Sino Spy Plane Standoff in 2001, initiations of a strategic dialogue with China as “Responsible Stakeholder,” China becoming the largest U.S. foreign creditor in 2008, China ranked as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010, the U.S. ‘pivot’ toward Asia initiated by Hillary Clinton in 2010, rising trade tensions under the Obama administration in 2012, China’s emerging domestic leadership in 2012, Sunnylands’ Summit with Barack Obama in 2013, the Joint Climate Announcement in 2014, U.S. warning China over the South China Sea in 2015, Trump hosting Xi at Mar-a-Lago in 2017 and Trump’s tariffs targeting China spurring the escalation of a U.S.-China trade war, Pence’s speech signaling a hardline approach to trade and China policy at the Hudson Institute in 2018, Canada arresting a Huawei Executive in 2018 resulting in Huawei suing the United States, intensification of the trade war in 2019.

From our perspective, US – China relations are not different than US hegemonic relations with other countries in terms of its containment policy. However, China is a unique case due to its own demographics; more than 1.4 billion people, including 350 to 450 million strong middle class, combined with its rapid urbanization, dynamic economy, advanced levels of industrialization and modernization, transformation of its gender relations,  new educational system under President Xi Jinping, and Chinese investments in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, South East Asia, Europe and the USA. China offers an example of one of the most important and large scale social, political and economic modernizations in human history. US and China relations between 1979 to 2008 have been somehow stable in comparison to other time periods, however, over the last few years, what we call the China Studies Industry has become more powerful inside the beltway and has dominated US- China relations. As a result, there have been new Trade Wars, US support for Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan, escalation of the conflict in the South China sea and many others that will follow.

This “New Cold War” will not benefit anyone, but drains the resources from both the US and Chinese education and healthcare system, diverting resources that would be put towards infrastructure projects, alleviating poverty, and so on. Furthermore, US economic problems are not related with China! Outsourcing American jobs from Ohio or Iowa are directly related with the neoliberal policies of the US administration since the Reagan policies begun in 1982. We should also remember what happened to the GM factory in Flint, Michigan. Using Taiwan or Honk Kong against China is not a friendly policy. On the other hand, China is not a perfect place, nor is the US. Both countries have significant obstacles and challenges. Both are currently facing similar issues with terrorism, creating jobs for their citizens, building infrastructure, updating educational system and enabling the diversity of their own citizens. Therefore, global governance and collaboration is very important to US-China Relations.

Our objective in organizing this small workshop is to bring scholars and policy makers together to discuss and exchange ideas in a scholarly environment at Shanghai University. We plan to publish conference proceedings in a scholarly journal or edited volume. This year, we will organize this workshop at Shanghai University and next year, we seek to organize a similar workshop in the USA in collaboration with US universities or think-tanks.

If you are working on US – China relations,
if you are a PhD candidate, professor or think-tank scholar,
if you would like to be a part of this workshop and network,
please send us the following:

Abstract (200 to 300 words)
Your Institutional affiliation
Your Short Bio       

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2019
The Conference will take place on December 6, 2019.  

We invite submissions on the following and related topics:

China-US Cooperation in G20
China-US Cooperation in Global Trade
China-US Cooperation in Financial Globalization
China US Cooperation in Dealing with Global Climate Governance
China -US Cooperation in Anti-terrorism
China-US Cooperation in Development
China-US Cooperation in Cybersecurity
China-US Cooperation in Peacekeeping
China-US Relations in Technology and Innovation
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals (UN Development Goal)
History of China-US Relations (1949 to present)

There is no fee for this conference. please note that we will cover your accommodations for 3 nights and food during your stay in Shanghai.
We also have some funding for airfare.

Important dates
Submitting Proposals: October 15, 2019
Information about accepting the proposal: By October 20, 2019
Preliminary conference program: by October 24, 2019
Final conference program: November 1, 2019
Submitting Draft Version of Paper: November 20, 2019  
Submitting Papers for Publication: January 20, 2020

Any additional queries should be sent to:
·      Tugrul Keskin, Professor, Shanghai University, China. 
·      Guo Changgang, PhD, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University. 
·      Yang Chen, Assistant Professor, Shanghai University, China. 
·      ChenNing, PhD Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China .
·      David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.
·      Andrew Alexander, Grdauate Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.

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