Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of U.S.-China Relations

Join the Carter Center for its Forum in Honor of Jimmy Carter and the 45th Anniversary of the Normalization of U.S.-China Relations.

The Carter Center
Atlanta, Georgia

January 9, 2024 

About the Event

Dedicated to waging peace and fighting disease in his post-presidency, the legacy of Jimmy Carter will no doubt endure. However, current tensions between the U.S and China threaten one of his Presidency’s greatest legacies: four decades of peace and prosperity in East Asia. Join the Carter Center, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the U.S.-China Business Council in commemorating the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Through keynote speeches and panel discussions, the event will bring together experts to discuss the legacy, controversies, and future of U.S.-China engagement.


January 9, 2024: A full-day conference on U.S.-China relations featuring world renowned experts from the United States and China. Welcome remarks will begin at 9:00 AM and panels will conclude at 5:30 PM. The conference will be open to the public.

January 10, 2024: Private meetings and closed-door dialogues reserved for participants and invited guests. 

Gala Dinner

Following the conference on January 9, the Center will host a gala dinner to celebrate President Carter’s legacy of promoting peace in East Asia. While the gala is reserved to invited guests, there will be a limited release of tickets to the public.  

Register to Attend

Register to attend the conference and gala dinner. Tickets are limited, so please RSVP today. 


9:00 AM – Welcome remarks by Paige Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center.

9:05 AM – Keynote Speech by Ambassador Nicolas Burns, United States Ambassador to China.

9:20 AM – Keynote Speech by Ambassador Xie Feng (under discussion), Chinese Ambassador to the United States.

9:35 AM – Keynote Speech by Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on United States–China Relations.

9:45 AM – Coffee Break.

10:00 AM – The Legacy of Engagement: The History & Controversy of U.S.-China Relations, featuring David M. Lampton (Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins SAIS), Jonathan Alter (Biographer of Jimmy Carter), and Susan Thornton (Senior Fellow, Yale Law School).

11:00 AM – Panel: Trade Winds and Financial Tides: The Dynamic History of U.S.-China Business Relations featuring Arthur Kroeber (Gavekal Dragonomics), Craig Allen (U.S.-China Business Council), Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas), and Li Wei (Renmin University of China).

12:15 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM – Panel: Cycles of Political & Military Crisis in U.S.-China Relations moderated by Rorry Daniels (Asia Society) and featuring Bonny Lin (Center for Strategic & International Studies), Dennis Wilder (Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University), Wu Xinbo (Fudan University Center for American Studies), and Da Wei (Tsinghua University Center for International Security and Strategy).

2:45 PM – Coffee Break

3:00 PM – Panel: Competition or Containment: The Future of Technology and AI in U.S.-China Relations moderated by Shirley Martey Hargis (Third Way) and featuring Anna Puglisi (Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology), Zhao Hai (Chinese Academy of Social Science’s Institute of World Economics and Politics), Yang Nan (Chinese Academy of Social Science’s Institute of American Studies).

4:15 PM – Coffee Break

4:30 PM – Panel: Cooperation or Competition: Opportunities for Climate and Public Health featuring Jing Qian (Asia Society), Deborah Seligsohn (Villanova University), Margaret Hamburg (Former United States Commissioner of Food and Drugs), and George Gao (former Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention), and James Chau (China-United States Exchange Foundation). 

5:45 PM – Brief Closing Remarks by Yawei Liu, Senior Advisor on China, The Carter Center