This is an edited version of Josef Gregory Mahoney’s speech during a webinar on Sino-U.S. relations and global governance hosted by CICG Americas on November 22. Mahoney is a professor of politics and international relations at East China Normal University
It’s important for Chinese scholars and decisionmakers to understand what drives decisions in Washington and also what drives the American people’s views of the world. Understanding this can help us make better predictions
The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, which also benefit from the world’s good governance. Similarly, they will suffer from poor global governance. For example, their economies depend on safe and sustainable global supply chains.
Before the U.S. midterm elections [on November 8], it was safe to say U.S.-China relations had hit a low ebb following three developments earlier this year: the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the U.S. blacklisting of Chinese technology companies, and the high-level congressional delegation to Taiwan. That is something the two nations must step back and recover from.
On November 14, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the 17th Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. They agreed on the importance of working out the guiding principles of the two countries’ bilateral relationship and further explored the topic through constructive discussions.