On Tuesday April 17, 2018 the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University hosted His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States. Ambassador Cui spoke at a public address, where he addressed pressing issues in U.S.-China relations.

Read the full text of Ambassador Cui’s remarks.  

Quoting Michael Szonyi’s introduction to the Fairbank Center’s recently-published book, The China Questions, Ambassador Cui spoke of the “understanding deficit” between the United States and China.

Cui Tiankai and Michael Szonyi

China ambassador to US, Cui Tiankai, discusses US China relations with Michael Szonyi, Director of the Fairbank Center and Professor of Chinese History. Image: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.

Ambassador Cui addressed recent escalating tensions between the U.S. and China over trade and tariffs, Xi Jinping’s removal of presidential term limits, military drills in the Taiwan Strait, and Beijing’s willingness to use force against Taiwan if the island were to attempt to sever claims of sovereignty from the mainland.

Cui Tiankai addresses the audience at Harvard University. Photo: Ji Kecheng

Cui Tiankai addresses the audience at Harvard University. Photo: Ji Kecheng

In addition, the Ambassador’s comments directly addressed the Trump Administration’s labeling of the PRC as a revisionist state in the international system.

Michael Szonyi presents Cui Tiankaio with The China Questions. Photo: Ji Kecheng

Michael Szonyi presents Cui Tiankaio with The China Questions. Photo: Ji Kecheng

Read more about the impact of Ambassador Cui’s talk at Harvard in the Harvard Gazette, as well as other international media outlets:

The ‘understanding deficit’ between China, U.S., Harvard Gazette

Beijing will retaliate if US sparks trade war, China envoy warns, South China Morning Post

China envoy says China will retaliate if U.S. insists on trade war: Xinhua, Reuters

China and Xi Jinping Sent a Message to Taiwan (but Did Taipei Hear It?), The National Interest

Ambassador Cui: A trade war serves no meaningful purpose, China Daily

Chinese ambassador urges U.S. to abandon Cold War, zero-sum mentality, Xinhua

Stable China-U.S. relations contribute to global prosperity: Chinese ambassador to U.S., Xinhua

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