The Ukraine War

Webinar: The Ukraine War, Russia, and U.S. / China Relations

Shihoko Goto, Michael Klare, and Zhiqun Zhu provided timely, comprehensive, and cutting edge analyses of the impacts of the Ukraine War on China and U.S.-Chinese relations. Recorded May 19, 2022.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is having global repercussions. Aside from reordering the security architecture in Europe, it is having a profound impact on U.S.–China relations and their competition for power and influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Before the war began, Russia and China avowed that their cooperation has “no limits,” but after its onset, China has sought to play a neutral role, neither condemning Moscow for its invasion nor, from what can be determined, providing Russia with significant material assistance. But as the war has drawn on and the casualties have mounted, many in Washington are calling on Beijing to play a more assertive role in forcing Putin to desist in Ukraine—or face negative consequences itself. Anger over the Russian invasion is also leading many U.S. leaders to call for tougher measures aimed at deterring a Chinese invasion of Taiwan—measures that are sure to infuriate Beijing and increase tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

With the world’s geopolitical disorder undergoing its most profound and dangerous upset since the end of the Cold War, the Committee for a Sane U.S.–China Policy has organized this uniquely important webinar to assess the impact of the Ukraine war on strategic developments in Asia.


Zhiqun Zhu: Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Chair of Department of International Relations at Bucknell University. He was Bucknell’s inaugural Director of the China Institute (2013–2017) and MacArthur Chair in East Asian politics (2008–2014). He previously taught at Shanghai International Studies His books include U.S.-China Relations in the 21 st Century: Power Transition and Peace.

Shihoko Goto: Director for Geoeconomics and Indo-Pacific Enterprise and Deputy Director for the Asia Program at the Wilson Center. Her research focuses on the economics and politics of Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as U.S. policy in Northeast Asia. A seasoned journalist and analyst, she has reported from Tokyo and Washington for Dow Jones and UPI and serves as a columnist for The Diplomat and contributing editor to The Globalist.

Michael Klare: The Nation’s defense correspondent, is professor emeritus of peace and world-security studies at Hampshire College, senior visiting fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C., and co-founder of the Committee for a Sane U.S.- China Policy. His most recent book is All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change.

Moderator: Avi Chomsky

This webinar was organized by the Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy Co-sponsored by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security

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