Wilkes University


The Contemporary History Project of the Division of Global Cultures  Lecture

TOPIC: “Beyond the Trade War: Historical Reflections on U.S.-China Relations”

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Featuring:  Dr. Yanqiu Zheng, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Government, Misericordia University

DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Henry Student Center Miller Room

As the talk of "trade war" between China and the United States permeates the policy circle and mass media, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine an alternative to the relationship between the two largest economies other than the seemingly inevitable collision. This talk, drawing upon historical precedents from the engagement between the two countries dating back to the late 1700s, argues that neither trade nor war alone sufficiently defines the modus vivendi of arguably the most critical bilateral relationship in the early twenty-first century. A more well-rounded understanding should be rooted in the two nations' economic, military, and cultural encounters amid their evolving power balance in all these areas in the past.

Yanqiu Zheng received his Ph.D. in East Asian history from Northwestern in 2017 and is currently assistant professor of history and government at Misericordia University. As a historian of modern China, he is broadly interested in the country's multifaceted engagement with the outside world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is now preparing a book manuscript on the history of Chinese cultural diplomacy, focusing on the United States, between the age of high imperialism and the changing global Cold War order in the 1970s.

The event is free and open to the public.

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