USCBC hosted a discussion with Ambassador James Keith on his takeaways from over three decades of diplomatic service and where we are on US-China relations. During his 31-year career as a US diplomat, Keith became one of the US government’s top experts on China, serving as deputy assistant secretary of state for China, NSC director for China, consul general in Hong Kong, and as a political officer in the US Embassy in Beijing. He also served as US Ambassador to Malaysia and has broad experience in Asia outside of China. James Green, a former US official who hosts the US-China Dialogue Podcast series, led the discussion with Ambassador Keith, a recent interviewee. The conversation covered the prospects for continued trade friction and what changes for US ties with China may—or may not—occur after the 2020 election.
The US-China Dialogue Podcast is a series of interviews with former senior US officials about their participation during pivotal events in US-China relations. At this critical juncture, where both the United States and China are rethinking the trajectory of the bilateral relationship, these recorded interviews are being released so that the past decisions of cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, and other senior officials can help a new generation of policymakers grapple with how to interact with China. This series is part of a new effort presented by Georgetown University's US-China Initiative for Dialogue on Global Issues.