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China's Arrival: The Long March to Global Power

Sep 24, 2009
9:00am to 11:45am

Willard InterContinental Hotel's Grand Ballroom
Washington, DC


Keynote | Panel Discussion | Highlight Video

The Center for a New American Security hosted James B. Steinberg, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, as the keynote speaker at an event marking the launch of CNAS' new report, China's Arrival: A Strategic Framework for a Global Relationship. Deputy Secretary Steinberg's address laid out the Obama Administration’s vision for the future of the U.S.-China relationship. The transcript and full video are available on our website.

CNAS CEO Nathaniel Fick delivered opening remarks, framing the significance of China's Arrival as one of the most significant geopolitical events in modern history, with important ramifications for U.S. interests, regional power balances, and the international order. He said, "Expecting China to be a responsible stakeholder is no longer sufficient. It must be a shareholder. The World now looks to China to be a substantial contributor to the health and success of the international system.” The transcript of Fick’s remarks are available here.

The distinguished panel included Dr. Patrick Cronin, Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University; Abraham Denmark, Fellow at CNAS; Dr. Michael Green, Associate Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University and Japan Chair at CSIS; and Robert Kaplan, Senior Fellow at CNAS. The panel discussion addressed the ever expanding U.S.-China relationship and how the United States should engage China amidst uncertainty about its long-term intentions and how to balance this important relationship against concerns regarding China’s behavior in the international community.


The Honorable James B. Steinberg
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State


The Honorable Dr. Patrick Cronin
Director of Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Abraham M. Denmark

Fellow, CNAS

Nathaniel Fick
Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

Dr. Michael J. Green
Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University
Senior Adviser and Japan Chair, CSIS

Robert Kaplan
Senior Fellow, CNAS
Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly