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US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns on China-US Relations

Members of the Council community join Ambassador Burns for insights into the current state of the China-US relationship.
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About This Event

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, leaders of one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the world, recently concluded their first meeting as presidents at the G20 Summit. As Xi Jinping enters his third term in power, how will China-US relations evolve economically and politically? Members of the Council community are invited to this special discussion with US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Nicholas Burns (joining remotely) and the Council’s Fay Hartog Levin (joining in person) to discuss the top issues of the relationship today and the outlook for China-US relations.

Before the discussion, in-person attendees are welcome to connect with other members for a networking reception in the Conference Center.

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This is a hybrid event, meaning members are able to attend in person in our conference center and it will be live streamed for all. In-person space is limited. Not a member and want to participate in person? Join now or contact our membership team at +1 312-256-8559. In-person COVID-19 related safety measures will be followed.

Event Schedule

Time Agenda
6:00 p.m. CT Registration & networking reception (for in-room attendees only)
6:30 p.m. Remarks & moderated discussion
6:55 p.m. Off-the-record audience Q&A (for in-room attendees only)
7:15 p.m. Adjournment

Program Highlights

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About the Speaker Joining Remotely
US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
Headshot for Nicholas Burns
Nicholas Burns is the Ambassador of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of China, nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the US Senate in December 2021. Burns has also had an extensive career in American diplomacy, serving under six US Presidents and nine Secretaries of State.
Headshot for Nicholas Burns
About the Speaker Joining In-Person
Distinguished Fellow; Council Board Member
Council expert Fay Hartog Levin
Fay Hartog Levin is a distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, with expertise in global water, policy & politics, and Europe. From 2009-2011, she was the 65th ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In that capacity, she was chief of mission of an embassy which included 15 federal agencies, 4 locations, and over 250 employees.
Council expert Fay Hartog Levin