President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies have called into question the traditional role of the United States as a global leader in the post-World War II era at a time when China appears to be playing a more active and ambitious international role. As President Trump retreats from regional initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement, Chinese President Xi Jinping has increasingly defended globalization and is now offering the Chinese development model as an alternative for working with other nations. This juxtaposition of approaches to global governance has led to some speculation that China is now seeking to fill the void in international leadership left by the United States, while others argue that China lacks both the political will and capability to do so.

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center’s Tang Xiaoyang will moderate a discussion with Sam Zhao, director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the University of Denver, on the future of the U.S.-led global order and the implications of a rising China within this international framework.

This event is off the record.

Tang Xiaoyang

Tang Xiaoyang is a resident scholar and the deputy director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Sam Zhao

Sam Zhao is the director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at the University of Denver.