Development Cooperation: A Promising Area for China-U.S. Relations?


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When: Sep 14 2018 - 10:30am until Sep 14 2018 - 11:30am
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036


Development Cooperation: A Promising Area for China-US Relations?

An Indo Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Dr. Denghua Zhang
Asia Studies Visiting Fellow
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator)
Director, East-West Center in Washington

Tensions between China and the United States have drawn global attention to competition in the bilateral relationship.Left to right: Dr. Denghua Zhang and Dr. Satu Limaye However, might the two countries pursue development cooperation to third countries? China-US aid cooperation in third countries is the focus of Dr. Denghua Zhang’s research at East West Center in Washington. His study aimed to enrich the literature by examining the nature and prospect of aid cooperation in China-US bilateral relations. It focused on four aspects: overview, assessment, prospects, and policy recommendations. The analysis revealed that aid cooperation in third countries has played a more notable role in facilitating China-US bilateral relations than in promoting aid effectiveness. It argued that competition between China and the US should not obscure areas of mutual interest and where cooperation is possible. Aid cooperation has the potential to bridge North-South and South-South cooperation. However, China-US aid cooperation cannot be taken for granted. More efforts are needed from the two countries if aid cooperation is to be sustained and thrive.


Dr. Denghua Zhang is a Research Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. His research focuses on international relations, development studies, Pacific studies, Chinese foreign policy, foreign aid and trilateral aid cooperation. He completed his PhD program on Chinese foreign policy and trilateral aid cooperation at the Australian National University in 2017. He has published more than thirty academic papers including recently with The Pacific Review, Third World Quarterly, The Round Table, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Security Challenges and Asian Journal of Political Sciences.

Dr. Satu Limaye is Director of the East West Center in Washington where he also directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also Senior Advisor, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). Earlier, Dr. Limaye served on the research staff of the Strategy, Forces & Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and Director of Research & Publications at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. He publishes and speaks widely on Asia-Pacific regional issues and supports various foundation, fellowship and professional organizations. He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.

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Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 202-327-9755