China-US relations: Partners or rivals



2 June 2010

A luncheon panel discussion to celebrate the release of the second issue of American Review at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong. Featuring James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine and Chair in Media at the US Studies Centre; Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times and Geoffrey Garrett, CEO of the US Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney; the panel discussed "China-US relations: Partners or rivals". The event was co-presented by the United States Studies Centre and the Asia Society.

After two decades of growing engagement, China-US relations today are under severe stress. Charges and countercharges over currency manipulation and unfair trade, debt and deficits, media censorship and Google, Taiwan and the Dalai Lama, and military expansion and aspirations challenge the stability of the world's most important bilateral relationship. The global financial crisis has served to accelerate the global power shift from west to east with an ever-more confident China and an unusually self-doubting US. Where are Sino-American relations headed? Will today's quarrels be managed or flare out of control? Are China and the US competitors, partners or rivals? Here some of the world's leading commentators discuss the future of China-US relations and share views on their implications for business and politics in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Moderated by Dr Geoffrey Garrett, CEO of the US Studies Centre and Professor of Political Science at the University of Sydney.


  • James Fallows
    National Correspondent, The Atlantic

    James Fallows was the former Chair in US Media (2009-2013) and a Visiting Professor (2013-2015) at the US Studies Centre.

    He is currently the National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine. As one of the world's leading journalists, Fallows is the author of nine books and over two hundred articles on a wide variety of topics, including US national security policy, the US Congress, Iraq, Japan, the future of print media, and the future of airline travel. Earlier in his career, Fallows served as the Chief Speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter.

  • Gideon Rachman
    Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times

    Gideon Rachman was a contributor to American Review, a magazine published by the US Studies Centre. Rachman is the Financial Times' chief foreign affairs commentator and the author of Zero-Sum World (Atlantic, 2011). His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.