A New Cold War?: Sharp Power, Strategic Competition, and the Future of U.S.-China Relations


Trade conflict has exploded. The media is rife with stories of China’s unfair trade practices, cyber theft, IP theft and forced technology transfers. Who will first scale the commanding heights of technological supremacy? Who will be the first mover in AI, robotics and biotechnology? What are the implications of Beijing’s ambitious infrastructure projects, including its Belt and Road Initiative? How is China’s “sharp power” deployed, and what are its implications for political and civic life in the U.S.? Can the Trump administration and Beijing’s leadership reach agreement on our trade disputes? Are these just the beginning salvos of an increasingly turbulent future? As U.S. policy towards China sharply veers away from “constructive engagement” to “strategic competition,” the Stanford China Program will host a series of talks by leading experts to explore the current state of our bilateral relations, its potential future, and their implications for the world order.


Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
May 3, 2019


  • Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
drosen press
April 17, 2019


  • Daniel Rosen
chinese influence cover updated
February 11, 2019


  • Gordon H. Chang,
  • Larry Diamond,
  • Elizabeth C. Economy,
  • David M. Lampton,
  • Jean C. Oi
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February 6, 2019


  • David M. Lampton