SUMMARY REPORT: U.S.-China 21 The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping: Toward a New Framework of Constructive Realism for a Common Purpose

April 14, 2015

Author: Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"The future relationship between China and the United States is one of the mega-changes and mega-challenges of our age. China’s rise is the geopolitical equivalent of the melting polar ice caps – gradual change on a massive scale that can suddenly lead to dramatic turns of events.

In this Summary Report of a longer forthcoming work, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center, asks if this defining trend of the 21st century can be managed peacefully. He argues that it can – if Washington and Beijing commit to placing their relationship on a stable, long-term footing."

Full Summary Report: U.S.-China 21 (PDF)

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Rudd, Kevin. "SUMMARY REPORT: U.S.-China 21." The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping: Toward a New Framework of Constructive Realism for a Common Purpose. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, April 2015.