Richard Nixon Foundation and Wilson Center

launch the inaugural Nixon Forum on U.S.-China Relations

 Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell to give keynote remarks

October 3, 2019 — The Richard Nixon Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars are launching the inaugural Nixon Forum on U.S.-China Relations to examine the state of one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world today.

The Forum will take place on October 17th from 9:00am-4:30pm at the Wilson Center in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell will open the Nixon Forum with keynote remarks at 9:00am, followed by a discussion with Nixon Foundation President Hugh Hewitt and Wilson Center President Congresswoman Jane Harman. The luncheon keynote address will be delivered by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D) of Delaware.

Other conference participants include: 

  • Dan Blumenthal, director of Asian Studies, American Enterprise Institute 
  • Bob Davis, senior editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Chas Freeman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1993-94) and principal American interpreter during President Richard Nixon’s groundbreaking visit to China in 1972
  • Jonathan Hillman, Director of the Reconnecting Asia Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
  • Winston Lord, U.S. Ambassador to China (1985-1989) and Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor (1970-73)
  • Stapleton Roy, U.S. Ambassador to China (1991-1995) and Founding Director Emeritus and a Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
  • Edward Wong, diplomatic and international correspondent for The New York Times
  • Nina Shea, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

The Nixon Forum is a new annual “state of the relationship” conference focused on the United States and China. These annual conferences will offer senior government officials, business leaders, diplomats, scholars, and historians from the two countries a regular forum to continue dialogue and nurture a bilateral relationship, whatever the current geopolitical circumstances may be.   

The launch of the Nixon Forum marks a return to the nation’s capital for the Richard Nixon Foundation, which is now under the leadership of President and CEO Hugh Hewitt.  

“The Nixon approach of pragmatic realism needs to be applied to the issues of today,”  Hewitt said. “Having a Washington presence will put the Nixon Foundation in a position to offer influence and impact on policy as it is developed, particularly in foreign policy.”

For media coverage opportunities at The Nixon Forum:

Ryan McKenna, Wilson Center 

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For general Nixon Foundation inquiries:

Joe Lopez, Richard Nixon Foundation

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Event Schedule:

9:00 am                        Welcome by Congresswoman Jane Harman and Hugh Hewitt

9:15- 9:45 am                U.S.-China Geostrategic Tensions

            Keynote Address by Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell

9:45 – 10:30 am            Conversation on U.S.-China Geostrategic Tensions

Dan Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute

Jonathan Hillman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jean Lee, Wilson Center

Edward Wong, NYT and Wilson Center

                                       Moderated by Abraham Denmark, Wilson Center
10:30 – 10:45 am           Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:00 pm           The Trade War: Any End in Sight?

             Meg Lundsager, Former executive director, IMF, Wilson Center

             Bob Davis, Wall Street Journal and Wilson Center

John Frisbie, Hills & Co

Moderated by Shihoko Goto, Wilson Center

12:00-1:30pm                Luncheon with Address by Senator Chris Coons of Delaware

1:45- 3:00 pm                Human Rights and Religious Freedom in U.S.-China Relations

Nina Shea, Hudson Institute

Christopher Walker, National Endowment for Democracy

Robert Daly, Wilson Center

Moderated by Katie Stallard-Blanchette, Wilson Center

3:00 – 3:15 pm              Coffee Break

3:15- 4:30 pm               The Nixon Legacy and U.S.-China Relations

Ambassador Charles W. Freeman, Jr, The Watson Institute

Ambassador Winston Lord

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Wilson Center

                                       Moderated by Congresswoman Jane Harman and Hugh Hewitt