Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China, Ambassador He Yafei discussed President Xi Jinping’s foreign policy with an audience of over 100 faculty, students, staff, and guests at the 2016 U.S.-China Forum at the William Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago on October 5th, 2016. Joining the discussion was moderator Rachel Bronson, Executive Director and Publisher of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and guest panelist Evan Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman of the Paulson Institute.
Ambassador He discussed five pillars of President Xi’s foreign policy in his opening remarks, noting that one of the main pillars is working with other nations to create a peaceful environment for all. He explained that China recognizes that only a safe and peaceful global environment would encourage strong economic development. By strengthening the ties with other countries, China can build a better world for all. It’s a multi-win situation.
Following his remarks, Ambassador He joined Bronson and Feigenbaum for a conversation on the broader U.S.-China relations issues, including North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and concerns over the South China Sea. The forum concluded with a Q&A session with the audience.
Last Wednesday’s event, the first of the 2-part forum, focused on the U.S.-China relations; while the second part of the event, which will be held on Friday, October 14th, 2016, will address the challenges of water and urban development through policy and innovation.
This year’s forum is hosted by the Institute for Molecular Engineering, in partnership with the China-United States Exchange Foundation. The annual U.S.–China Forum brings together experts from China and the United States for analysis of and engagement on issues of importance to both countries and to the larger global community.