US-China Relations and Global Impact

U.S. - China Relations and the Global Impact

18 Mar 20

On Thursday March 12, 2020 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a panel event, U.S. China Relations and the Global Impact, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday March 12, 2020 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a panel event, U.S. China Relations and the Global Impact, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The panel featured Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, and Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University; Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch; Robert Spalding, U.S. Air Force (Bri. Gen. Ret.); and was moderated by Louisa Greva, Director of Global Advocacy at Uyghur Human Rights Project. 

The panel began with introductory remarks from the moderator Ms. Louisa Greve on the importance of analyzing U.S.-China relations from the perspective both from a geopolitical lens and also from a human rights perspective. Following her remarks, Brigadier General Spalding began his discussion on the latest developments following the coronavirus and how this will continue to develop and impact the global picture. Sophie Richardson, next spoke on the international response of the targeting of Uyghurs in China and what can be done to mitigate this horrific reality that many are facing in China today. 

Following these comments, Professor Robert Ross addressed the larger influence of China around the world- both in the rise of dependence economically and from the influence of its political gains in regions around the world. This discussion of influence continued with Brigadier General Spalding discussing the influence of the technology dependence that China has easily created around the world mentioning that “the introduction of architecture of things like the iPhone and 4g networks shifter our world from an industrial to an informational world and China is leading on continued technological developments. China is building an ecosystem on economic dominance.” 


US-China Relations and Global Impact


Next, Ms. Greve turned back to a focus on the influence of technological developments with knowledge of major human rights abuses from China. Sophie Richardson comments that “our concerns are in whether these major developments in China around the world and technological pushes also include assurances for human rights.” 

The panel then turned to a robust conversation with our roundtable audience members regarding a continued conversation on U.S.-China globally. To see more of this dynamic and timely conversation on the influence of coronavirus, human rights violations, and the general rise of power in China please watch our full event video on this page. Additionally, stay up to date with the latest from THO by subscribing to our newsletter on our website at www.turkheritage.org