Thursday, February 23, 2012
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
UCLA, James West Alumni Center
About the Conference
This conference commemorates the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's historic visit to Beijing and Shanghai and his meetings with Chairman Mao. This visit was an electrifying event at the time, and had enormous repercussions in the ensuing decades for US-China relations and for the international order generally. What was the significance of "Nixon in China" for domestic and international politics in the 1970s? What are the enduring legacies for US-China relations today? The conference will include a wide array of experts on China, Nixon, and foreign policy as well as never-before seen footage of the historic visit taken by Nixon aide, and UCLA alum, HR Haldeman.
Amb. Richard Solomon, President of the United States Institute of Peace, and former Asst. Secretary of State for East Asia, will be our keynote speaker. He will be interviewed by James Mann, author of Rise of the Vulcans and The China Fantasy. Other speakers include Julia Strauss, Senior Lecturer at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies; Burkle Center Senior Fellow Gen. Wesley K. Clark; Cornell University's Chair of History for US China Relations, Chen Jian; New America Foundation Senior Research Fellow and presidential scholar Timothy Naftali; Minxin Pei, Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College and Susan Shirk, Ho Miu Lam Chair of China and Pacific Relations at UCSD and author of China: Fragile Superpower.