2019 China-US Symposium: New Frontiers

Date: April 12th – 13th

Location: Tufts University

Location Details:

  • Friday: Crane Room (Room 113), Paige Hall, 12 Upper Campus Road, Medford, Mass.
  • Saturday: Fletcher School, Mugar Hall Room 200, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, Mass.

Free admission and open to the public.

The China­-US Symposium is an annual event held at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, MA, organized by Tufts undergraduates. Its goal is to foster positive relations between China and the United States, cultivating cooperation and understanding between students and experts from different backgrounds and cultures. Last year alone, we hosted eighteen experts and scholars from around the world. This year, the Symposium will take place from April 12th to 13th. The theme of this year’s symposium is “New Frontiers,” dealing with how the US and China can navigate uncertain futures of the world. Follow our Facebook page for more updates.




Friday, April 12

Crane Room (Room 113), Paige Hall, 12 Upper Campus Road, Medford, Mass.

13:00 – 13:10    Welcome – Opening of Tufts 2019 CUS by Yuan Jun (YJ) Chee, Director of Tufts SURGE

13:15 – 14:00    David Rawson Memorial Lecture by Dr. Michael Swaine

14:15 – 15:45    Security Panel: Navigating Strategic Competition and the Impacts of Capability Development

16:00 – 17:30    Environment Panel: China’s Role in Environmental Policy

17:30 – 19:00    Early Dinner and Networking

Saturday, April 13

Fletcher School, Mugar Hall Room 200, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, Mass.

11:30 – 12:30     Light Refreshments

12:30 – 14:00     Social Panel: Human Rights in Sino-American Relations

14:15 – 15:00     Keynote by Dr. Tang Xiaoyang

15:15 – 16:45     Economic Panel: Assessing the Impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative

16:45 – 17:00     Closing Remarks by Haruka Noishiki and Connor Akiyama, Director-Elects of Tufts Surge

17:30 – 19:00     Dinner with speakers, delegations, and Tufts/Fletcher students

19:00                  Session Concludes; post-Symposium activities hosted by SURGE




Coevolutionary Pragmatism: China’s Impact on the Developing World

Saturday April 13, 14:15 – 15:00 (Mugar 200)

Tang Xiaoyang, Deputy Director of Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

The elusive concept of Beijing Consensus and the effective practices of China to promote economic growth at home and other countries form a peculiar gap. This lecture aims to expound this phenomenon by examining both the rationales underlying China’s structural transformation and the corresponding practices in development cooperation. Dr. Tang argues that China as an alternative to the West has little to do with a new pattern of state capitalism, but rather presents a different manner of understanding and facilitating modernization and industrialization. China’s impact on the developing world eventually turns out to be a fusion of idea openness and real business.

Tang Xiaoyang is the vice chair in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University and deputy director at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. His research interests     include political philosophy, China’s engagement in Africa, and the modernization process of the developing countries. He is the author of China-Africa Economic Diplomacy (2014) and has published extensively on Asia-Africa relations. He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He earned his M.A in Philosophy from Freiburg University in Germany and his B.A in Business Management from Fudan University in Shanghai. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, USAID, and various research institutes and consulting companies. Before he came to Tsinghua, he worked at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C.




Power Transitions and Paranoia: The Crisis in Sino-US Security Relations

Friday April 12, 13:15 – 14:00 (Crane Room, Paige Hall)

Michael Swaine, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Sino-US relations have undergone significant changes, particularly since President Trump took office in 2017. Much has been said about the potential for a rising China to displace the United States as the preeminent superpower in the world. Dr. Michael Swaine will be discussing the state of crisis in Sino-American security relations, and whether the international community should be worried about a potential power transition between the two countries.

Michael Swaine is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and one of the most prominent American analysts in Chinese security studies. Formerly a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, Swaine is a specialist in Chinese defense and foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian international relations. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books and monographs and many journal articles and book chapters in these areas, directs several security-related projects with Chinese partners, and advises the U.S. government on Asian security issues. He received his doctorate in government from Harvard University.


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