As Donald Trump comes to power, the United States faces significant challenges in dealing with a now-formidable and recently more assertive China. To a great extent, the issues are rooted in long-term developments and would face any contemporary U.S. leader. To some degree, they are inherited from the bilateral relationship shaped during Obama’s presidency. In significant part, they have been made more difficult by Trump’s statements and actions, and China’s perceptions and reactions. This pattern extends across many issues. Three notable ones are Taiwan, the South China Sea and international economic institutions.

Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, a professor of political science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and co-director of the Center for Asian Law at the University of Pennsylvania. His writing, which appears in law reviews, foreign affairs journals, policy journals, online and print media, focuses on China’s engagement with the international order, domestic legal reform in China, and Taiwan’s status and external relations. 

He speaks on these topics from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in UCLA Bunche Hall, room 10383, at a talk hosted by the Burkle Center for International Relations and the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA.  Find more information at this website.