In early November 2013, CPOST partnered with Tsinghua University, Fudan University, and the University of Chicago Beijing Center to co-sponsor a three day conference in Beijing and Shanghai to discuss the future of U.S.-China strategic cooperation. This groundbreaking conference brought together prominent American and Chinese scholars to discuss Asian security, marking the creation of a community of experts that will extend for decades and foster serious intellectual debate on U.S.-China relations.

The primary purpose of the conference was to originate and examine theories related to the “causal pathways” for the U.S. and China as economic and geopolitical conditions change throughout the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Depending on the theory, these causal pathways could result in cooperation or conflict. The secondary purpose of the conference was to scrutinize these theories, thus refining the logic and arguments of each conference participant, and therefore increasing their contribution to the understanding of U.S.-China in the field of international relations and the likelihood of publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Please follow the links below to read about the conference and to see video of conference lectures, debates, and discussions.

Conference Participants

Yan Xuetong, Tsinghua University 
Jia Qingguo, Peking University
Shi Yinhong, Renmin University
Shen Dingli, Fudan University
Zhu Feng, Peking University
Sun Xuefeng, Tsinghua University
Wang Dong, Peking University
Wu Riqiang, Renmin University
Xin Qiang, Fudan University
Robert A. Pape, University of Chicago
John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
Andrew Moravscik, Princeton University
Daryl Press, Dartmouth College
Valerie Hudson, Texas A&M University
Daniel Nexon, Georgetown University
Andrea den Boer, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Andrew Kydd, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Video Gallery

Watch full-length lectures by conference participants, as well as Q&A sessions to see top scholars debate the future of U.S.-China relations.

  • Building a New Framework for Sino-American Relations: Introduction

    Robert A. Pape
    Yan Xuetong, Tsinghua University
  • Conflict or Cooperation? The Future of U.S.-China Relations

    John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

  • Building a New Framework for Sino-American Relations: Question and Answer Session

    John Mearsheimer

  • CPOST Lecture: Why a U.S.-Chinese Cold War is Implausible

  • Partially Hierarchical Security Order in East Asia and China’s Rise

    Sun Xuefeng, Tsinghua University

  • Building a New Framework for Sino-American Relations: Question and Answer Session II

    Robert A. Pape and Sun Xuefeng

  • Conventional War and Escalation: The Looming Deterrence Challenge

  • Sino-U.S. Inadvertent Escalation

  • Building a New Framework for Sino-American Relations: Question and Answer Session III