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A Speech by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell



The CSIS China Power Project is pleased to host Assistant Secretary of State David R. Stilwell for a speech on “U.S.-China Bilateral Relations: The Lessons of History.” Keynote remarks will be followed by Q&A moderated by Bonnie S. Glaser, director of the China Power Project. We hope that you are able to join us.
David R. Stilwell is the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on June 20, 2019, he served in the Air Force for 35 years, beginning as an enlisted Korean linguist in 1980, and retiring in 2015 in the rank of Brigadier General as the Asia advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He served multiple tours of duty in Japan and Korea as a linguist, a fighter pilot, and a commander. He also served as the Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 2011-2013. Most recently, Mr. Stilwell served as the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii 2017-2019 and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu from 2016-2019. He earned a B.S. in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy (1987), and a Master’s Degree in Asian Studies and Chinese language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1988) and is a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership program at the Darden School, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Seo Kok Ing
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Seo Kok Ing

Always remember the saying ‘ there is no free lunch’. So stop pretending that US aids to China is noting but altruism.

dubuque100
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dubuque100

America has been generous to a fault. That has gone unappreciated and even challenged so our reaction and readjustment should come as no surprise.

Vidya Sagar Rao
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Vidya Sagar Rao

ha – America is the bogus – time to rid the world of the dollar and isolate this bully

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

Resource are not sent to china for free. Chinese bought resource and that’s why Aussie are 40% richer than British and African people are richer. More export of resource to China means more prosperity in resource countries.

Heng Ee Chua
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Heng Ee Chua

Even a Chinese toddler would laugh at such a political discourse against China which is full of sweeping personal prejudicial opinions without facts to back up. It is sure a good way for the Americans to make a good living now by just talking n bashing China now.

Heng Ee Chua
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Heng Ee Chua

This bald head guy talking about human rights. I wonder how many native Indians still exist in US now even though they are the real original Americans.

Eric Chen
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Eric Chen

在你大言不惭的说”己所不欲勿施于人”的时候,我们来谈谈关塔那摩和黑人问题?

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

Peter pillsbury said a few times on cnbc, fox. US should play all cards including Taiwan, HK, Tibet,xingjiang to slow down China development. US is now fighting 5 wars against Muslim in Iraq, Afghanistan. Etc. at least 500,000 local death, 7 million refugee. Why so supportive only towards Muslim in china? Tell me why?

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

There was a famous debate in IQ square in 2015. Peter brookes, the ex DoD assistant secretary said, even if china is a democracy, US should push china back to poverty to prevent a peer competitor. U can find the debate on YouTube, called china and us are long term enemy. Long debate against ex Aussie prime minister, Kevin Rudd. So called against CCP, not Chinese people? By the way Bannon in recent japan speech said, Chinese in 4000 years has not much invention so does not deserve a first class life like US or Japan. Maybe I am not… Read more »

zar qume
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zar qume

Trump wakes America up to China. Despite his flaws, this significant difference makes his presidency worth it. I’d take Marco Rubio though.

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

Trump, pence, Bannon all said, China gdp should never be greater than US. Simple math, china got 5 times population. So my children, my grandchildren should never have a living standard above 20% of US children. I was super pro- US. Commi did not persuaded me . These American -politicians did.

t h
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t h

Partial information.

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

china population is 1.4 billion, not 1.8. China does import a lot of resources but it also export a lot of products like iPhone. Chinese now consumption of resource per capita is global average and American consume 5 times more than global average. resources are global commodity and people pay higher price will get resources. American farmers benefit from selling soybean to China and same as natural gas industry. it may mean higher commodity price which makes low income people in developed country to struggle a little bit but at the same time, iPhone made in US will cost $3,000… Read more »

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

so clearly Trump, Pence and Bannon and lot of American think American kids are born superior to Chinese or African kids. global resources are reserved for American first. Well, if your God told you so, you may call him or her using the direct line you American always has.

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

https://youtu.be/nVBqSOPWIUw, one more from Thomas Friedman, “ I support global trade when China makes toys, it is good to US. Now China compete in 5G and AI, so US must take china down”. It is refreshing to know my grandchildren should always deserve only making toys for superior American. U won my heart and soul

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

US helped China during last 100 years and Chinese people appreciate it greatly. That’s why GM sell 4 million junk cars in china, more than in US at my higher price. KFC, Starbucks, coke make huge profit too. China paid back by help taking down Russia, buying us bond at extremely low interest rate especially during ur last crisis. India is WTO founding member, Mexico is nafta member. Why they are not competitive? China booming economy is a result of Harding working people, not any government. Not commi, not US. US leading global order is good and supported by a… Read more »

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu

https://youtu.be/P2wdwZxk17o, here is the Bannon speech in Japan.

Paul Tu
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Paul Tu
Paul Tu
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Paul Tu
pegguin
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pegguin

wow. they talked about china’s hostility towards US, but never mention how US is hostile towards China, which is clearly shown from the comments below. Pots calling pans black.

Johney Smith
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Johney Smith

Because of the Korean War, the US had put an economic embargo on China for 21 years, trying to strangle an infant Red China to death. The US OWED China, Sir!

Ann Onymous
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Ann Onymous

Like I said during live stream: this is well-presented but unfortunately is closing the barn door after the horse escaped. The USA will not be able to isolate China economically from the EU and those two might even double-team against the USA. The fact is the last 2 decades of US foreign policy have been totally incompetent in the Mid-East and even wrt China. Since the USA could not "build nations" turning tribal subsistence economies into Swedish liberal democracies, well, I don't expect it to have the competence to destroy China or even prevent its rise. Basically the Murricans are… Read more »

zhmz888
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zhmz888

load of rubbish, checking out history around 1975, when uncle sam was stucked in the muddy water of vietnam, without china, uncle sam would be there for another decade at least…it was mutual beneficial…but once out of mud and soviet fell down, Uncle sam immediate turn black face to China…, too fxxking despicable…

XiYangXiXia52
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XiYangXiXia52

Trump said he is the "chosen one" and all US politicians supported him diplomatically against China. Does it mean that the US is the chosen one for the world? no! China does not need to work desperately for the best, it is destined to, by the heavenly! "天命所归是大国“ China is always willing to share the good fate, stability, and prosperity with the world community. To be a hegemony superpower is not its agenda.

h w
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h w

己所不欲勿施于人,不错