The 14th Annual Conference of the American Studies Network
US-China Relations after the 2016 Elections:
Trump, Congress and the Issues
April 20-22nd, 2017, Chengdu
Co-sponsored by: Sichuan University
US-China Education Trust
Sichuan University and US-China Education Trust cordially invite scholars and graduate students from all disciplines to participate in the 14th Annual ASN Conference, “US-China Relations after the 2016 Elections: Trump, Congress and the Issues,” to be held April 20-22nd, 2017 at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has no parallel. It was historic, unforeseen and unprecedented, dismissed by the pundits, misread by the political establishment, and written off by the media and polls. Americans elected the most unconventional president ever, someone who has never served in government or the military. It is an understatement to say that Trump’s triumph sent shockwaves across the world, including in America.
The 2017 ASN Conference will dissect this unusual election, discuss and debate why Trump won and how he won despite everything. Conference papers will assess how Trump’s world view and that of his Administration are likely to shape and change America as well as its role in the world. White America put Trump in the White House. New arguments over the old ideas of populism and nationalism resonated among Trump supporters, who feel alienated from government, society and a changing America. Do the new populism and nationalism bode well or ill for the preservation of liberal democracies?
More than any election in recent history, Trump’s success has also raised new questions about the future of US-China relations. Trump’s bashing of China during the campaign, and his incoming Administration’s tough talk against China has set the stage for showdowns on everything from security to trade to climate change. By having contact with the Taiwanese leader and openly questioning the “One China” policy, Trump has indicated that he is willing to turn the US-China relationship, as we know it, on its head. Contradictory signals, moreover, are sowing uncertainty over what the Trump Administration’s likely policy on China will be. How far is Trump prepared to go in provoking Beijing? Will a US president who insulted China during the campaign and transition be able to develop a good relationship with President Xi? What’s the best approach to stabilizing US-China relations, the most important bilateral relationship in the 21st century?
For more details, please find the attachment：asn_2017_call_for_papers_updated