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Should the US Embrace or Reject Engagement with China?

Paul Heer joins Deep Dish to argue that engagement is necessary in shaping the US-China relationship.
Speaker Pelosi and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meet in Taipei, Taiwan on August 3, 2022. Play Podcast
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About the Episode

This week, the Chinese Communist Party hosts its twice-a-decade National Congress and President Xi Jinping is set to secure power for a third term. Nonresident Senior Fellow Paul Heer joins Deep Dish to argue the importance of engagement with China as a necessary component of US foreign policy. If we do not pursue it, he says, we are missing opportunities for a more peaceful coexistence between both countries and the world. 

This episode originally aired on August 4, 2022. 

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About the Experts
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy
Council expert Paul Heer
Prior to joining the Council as a nonresident fellow, Paul Heer served for 30 years as a specialist on East Asian affairs in the US intelligence community. He served on the staff of the President's daily brief and as a member of the senior analytic service at the CIA prior to becoming the national intelligence officer for East Asia, a position he held from 2007 to 2015.
Council expert Paul Heer
Vice President, Studies
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Senior Fellow, US Foreign Policy
Council staff Elizabeth Shackelford
Elizabeth Shackelford, a former career US diplomat who served at the US Mission to Somalia and the US Embassy in South Sudan, joined the Council in 2021. Her work focuses on building awareness and understanding of a "restraint" approach to foreign policy, which seeks to limit the use of military force to the defense of core US national security interests and favors robust diplomatic engagement.
Council staff Elizabeth Shackelford

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