Debates Conférences
Ifri Paris
from 09:15 to 16:30
This event is public
President Donald Trump meets with President Xi Jinping at the G20 Japan Summit in Osaka, 29 June 2019
President Donald Trump meets with President Xi Jinping at the G20 Japan Summit in Osaka, 29 June 2019

The US-China Rivalry: Adjusting Strategies in Asia and Europe Conference

The deepening strategic rivalry between the United States and China has repositioned geopolitics at the center of the international system today. 

The ongoing “trade war” is only one dimension of growing frictions, which include a competition for technological leadership, a struggle for strategic and military preeminence and antagonism over opposing political systems and their underlying values. While Asia and Europe are confronted with major challenges beyond the Sino-US rivalry, actors in these regions are increasingly compelled to adjust to new geopolitical realities. What does this hold for regional stability in Asia? How can Europe navigate this structural change?


09:15       Opening Remarks 

  • Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and Executive Chairman, Ifri
  • François Chih-chung Wu, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in France


The US-China rivalry: The contours of confrontation and entente

  • David Rank, Senior Advisor, Cohen Group, former Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in China
  • Song Luzheng, Research Fellow, China Institute, Fudan University
  • Discussant: John Seaman, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
  • Moderated by Laurence Nardon, Head, North America Program, Ifri


Adjusting to the US-China rivalry in East Asia

  • Chikako Ueki, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
  • Malcolm Cook, Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) - Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Yujen Kuo, Professor, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University, and Executive Director, Institute for National Policy Research (INPR)
  • Yul Sohn, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Yonsei University, and President, East Asia Institute (EAI)
  • Moderated by Françoise Nicolas, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

Lunch break - 13:00-14:30


Toward a European Way? Implications of the US-China rivalry for Europe

  • Geopolitics and diplomacy: Monika Sie Dhian Ho, Director General, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael
  • Economics and trade: Aurélien Billot, Head of Trade and Development Policy, General Secretariat for European Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of France
  • Technology and industrial policy: André Loesekrug-Pietri, Speaker for Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI)
  • Moderated by Eric-André Martin, Senior Advisor to the Director, Ifri


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geopolitics Grand strategy Asia Europe United States