Monday, November 8 at 5pm
The backdrop to rising U.S.-China tensions has been the emergence of Xi Jinping as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. Former senior diplomat Dave Rank talks about the impact Xi has had on the bilateral relationship -- and on China's own political and economic system -- and the implications this has for the United States and the world.
Dave Rank is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the head of the China practice at The Cohen Group, a global business strategy consultancy, and teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Policy. He spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission and, following the 2016 election, as the Charge’ d’Affaires (acting Ambassador) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In addition to six Foreign Service assignments in greater China (including Beijing, Shanghai and the American Institute in Taiwan), Dave served in Washington and at the U.S. embassies in Kabul, Athens, and Port Louis (Mauritius). In 2015, he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American servicemember held by the enemy in Afghanistan. Mr. Rank speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari and Greek and received the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.
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