China and The Free World: Unhappy Marriage or Divorce?


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When: Jun 16 2021 - 4:00pm until Jun 16 2021 - 5:30pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an
Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar and Book Launch:

China and The Free World:
Unhappy Marriage or Divorce?


Mr. Clyde Prestowitz
Founder and President,
 Economic Strategy Institute

Dr. Ellen L. Frost (Discussant)
Senior Advisor and Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

In 2001, China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization raised hopes that exposure to WTO norms procedures would “marry” China into the prevailing liberal world order and make it a “responsible stakeholder.” Instead, China has used its own global platform to push its own agenda as a replacement to the current order. The Free World thought marriage would change China, but now it threatens to change the Free World. Can this marriage last? If so, how?

In his latest book, The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership, Clyde Prestowitz proposes that rather than a targeted trade war, the United States and its allies should adopt unilateral strategies to counteract China that do not conflict with either international or domestic law.


Clyde Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute. His leadership has propelled ESI into an important role in the public policy process, influencing and often defining the terms of the debate in the areas of international trade policy, economic competitiveness, and the effects of globalization. Mr. Prestowitz has played key roles in achieving congressional passage of NAFTA and in shaping the final content of the Uruguay Round, as well as providing the intellectual basis for current US trade policies toward Japan, China, and Korea. Prior to founding ESI, Mr. Prestowitz served as counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration. There, he led many US trade and investment negotiations with Japan, China, Latin America, and Europe. Before joining the Commerce Department, he was a senior businessman in the United States, Europe, Japan, and throughout Asia and Latin America. He has served as vice chairman of the President's Committee on Trade and Investment in the Pacific and sits on the Intel Policy Advisory Board and the US Export-Import Bank Advisory Board. Clyde Prestowitz regularly writes for leading publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune, and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of the best-selling book on US-Japan relations, Trading Places, and co-author and editor of several other books on international trade and business strategy including Asia After the Miracle; Powernomics; Bit by Bit; The New North American Trade Order; Rogue NationThree Billion New Capitalists; and The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America's Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era. Mr. Prestowitz has a B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College; an M.A. in East-West Policies and Economics from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii; and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. He also studied at Keio University in Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese, Dutch, German, and French.

Ellen L. Frost is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the East-West Center and a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University. She writes and lectures on Asian political-economic issues and their strategic and security implications. Her books include Asia's New Regionalism and For Richer, For Poorer: The New U.S.-Japan Relationship. She previously served in a variety of positions in the US Government, including the Senate, the Treasury Department, the Department of Defense, and the Office of the US Trade Representative. She received her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University.

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