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  • April - June 2021

    April 29, 2021 - Prof. Zhao wrote an article titled "Why China's vaccine diplomacy is winning" in East Asian Forum, published by the Australian National University.




  • January - March 2021

    February 5, 2021 - The People's Daily interviewed Prof. Zhao on President Biden's foreign policy speech and US-China relations.

  • October - December 2020

    December 31, 2020 - The Washington office of CGTN interviewed Prof. Zhao on the trade and technology competition between the US and China under the incoming Biden administration.

    November 26, 2020 - Reuters interviewed Prof. Zhao for the article entitled, "China wields patriotic education to tame Hong Kong's rebellious youth."

    November 18, 2020 - The New York Times Op-ed references the Journal of Contemporary China in the article entitled, "Why Do Chinese Liberals Embrace American Conservatives?"

    November 17, 2020 - Boston University News Service interviewed Prof. Zhao on Chinese students struggle to get visas during the pandemic.

    November 4, 2020 - OMNI TV in Canada interviewed Prof. Zhao on the US electionUS-China relations, and US-Taiwan relations.

    November 3, 2020 - Channel News Asia, Singapore interviewed Prof. Zhao on the US election and the US-China Relations.

    Journal of Contemporary China - November 2020

    Volume 29, Issue 26 released

    This issue includes special sessions on China’s governance modernization, the China Model in developing countries and articles on Chinese nationalism, China’s poverty reduction, China’s economic statecraft and more.

  • July - September 2020

    September 8, 2020 - The Voice of America TV News interviewed Prof. Zhao on the subject of President Xi's "Five Nevers" as a Response to Secretary of State Pompeo's China Speech.

    September 2, 2020 - The Global Times selected the opinion of three experts from a webinar co-hosted by the Forum on Politics and International Relations and the College of International Relations/Institute of Overseas Chinese, Huaqiao University to discuss the US handling of the raging COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on China-US relations, including Prof. Zhao. World experts express grim views of US COVID-19 reaction.

    Journal of Contemporary China - September 2020

    Volume 29, Issue 125 released

    This issue includes two special sections on “Social Stratification and Conflict Resolution in Urban China” and “Guanxi in Chinese Society and Politics,” and articles on China’s Military Base in Djibouti, Islamophobia in China, and the role of the “Liaison Office” in Hong Kong, China’s family planning.

    August 28 - 29, 2020 - The China Center successfully convened a two-day workshop, "The Trends and Determinants of Global Attitudes towards China," co-sponsored with Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China of Princeton University. The participants of the workshop conducted in-depth discussion about how to interpret global survey data on China.

    August 24, 2020 - Prof. Zhao was interviewed by Denver Channel 7 on President Trump's ban on Tiktok - President Trump threatens to ban TikTok over its data collection policies, TikTok vows legal fight 

    August 22, 2020 - US-China Perception Monitor featured Prof. Zhao in an article entitled, China and the United States have entered the Cold War

    August 20, 2020 - Prof. Zhao's interview on the "US election and US-China relations" was published in the online publication of US-China Perception Monitor by The China Program of the Carter Center in Atlanta.

    August 13, 2020 - Prof. Zhao joined in conversation with veteran ABC correspondent Greg Dobbs at the Vail Symposium on a workshop entitled, "The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Emerging Sino-U.S. Rivalry."

    July 25, 2020 - CPR News interviewed Prof. Zhao during a weekend edition on "The Latest on the U.S. and China's Strained Relations."

    July 23, 2020 - Prof Zhao was quoted in this story, "China drafts new rules to ensure foreign teachers protect national 'honour'," in Global and Mail.

    July 21, 2020 - The China Center successfully convened a two-day workshop, "The Xi Jinping Effect" in China and Beyond, co-sponsored by the China Institute at the University of Alberta and the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

    July 7, 2020 - Prof Zhao's recent articled titled, “Rhetoric and Reality of China’s Global Leadership in the Context of COVID-19: Implications for the US-led World Order and liberal Globalization,” is published online in the Journal of Contemporary China. 

    July 6, 2020 - Prof Zhao was quoted in this story, "US Peace Corps' exit from China cuts valued channel of Sino-American dialogue" in South China Morning Post.

  • April - June 2020

    June 2020 - Prof Zhao's recent article titled, "East Asian Disorder: China and the South Sea Disputes," in Asian Survey, Vol. 60, No. 3.

    June 2020 - Prof Zhao's recent article titled, "G-Zero: China and the US Failed the World Over COVID-19," in Global Asia, Vol 15, No. 2.

    May 2020 - Prof Zhao's recent article titled, "China's Belt-Road Initiative as the Signature of President Xi Jinping Diplomacy: Easier Said than Done," in Journal of Contemporary China, Vol 29, Issue 123.

  • January - March 2020

    March 31, 2020 - Prof. Zhao's chapter “Projection of China’s Soft Power in the New Century: Reconstruction of the Traditional Chinese World Order,” in the edited book, Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics, was reviewed intensively by Martha Bayles of Boston College in her review article, “Hard Truths About China’s ‘Soft Power,” published in The American Interests.

    March 29, 2020 - Prof. Zhao served as a virtual panelist for the Michigan China Forum:

    March 12, 2020 - Prof. Zhao was quoted in this article, “Coronavirus: en Chine, le virus recule mais la colère enfle,”  published in Le Soir, which is one of Belgium's leading daily publications. 

    March 10, 2020 - Prof. Zhao had a quote in “US dealing with consequences of slow response to coronavirus outbreak” in Singapore’s Strait Times.

    February 14, 2020 - Prof. Zhao was interviewed and was quoted in several places in this South China Morning Post article, “Beijing battles ‘crisis of Chernobyl proportions’ in coronavirus outbreak,”.

    February 7, 2020- Prof. Zhao was interviewed and quoted in the Bloomberg News story “Death of a Hero Doctor Sparks Crisis of Confidence in Xi’s China," on February 7:

    February 7, 2020- Sam Zhao co-hosted a Journal of Contemporary China special issue workshop in Princeton University on February 7. The title of the workshop is Global Attitudes toward China based on survey data, co-sponsored by Princeton university’s Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China and DU Korbel School’s China Center.

    February 1, 2020 -Prof. Zhao was quoted in the Bloomberg News article titled “Xi Has Lots at Stake as China Officials Point Fingers Over Virus.” Suisheng Zhao, executive director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies, said “While no one person may be responsible for the fast spread of the coronavirus, it has resulted in a blame game within the bureaucratic system. The accelerated spread of the virus is also the result of political incompetence and a tightened control on ideology and information.” 

    January 30, 2020 - Prof. Zhao's article, “President Xi Jinping’s Big Power Diplomacy: Advancing an Assertive Foreign Policy Agenda,” was published in the just released Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) report, Mapping China's Global Future: Playing Ball or Rocking the Boat? , which is edited by Axel Berkofsky and Giulia Sciorati . 

    January 18, 2020 - Prof. Zhao's article, “The State as the Mobilizer and De-mobilizer in China’s Nationalist Protests” was just published in the Politicka from University of Hong Kong.

    January 17, 2020 - Prof. Zhao made a keynote speech, “Taiwan, China and the US relations after Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election” at an international forum in Taipei organized by Taiwan’s Xia Jing Shan Arts & Culture Foundation.

    January 13, 2020 -Prof. Suisheng Zhao's chapter, “Projection of China’s soft power in the new century: reconstruction of the traditional Chinese world order,” was published in the this new book, Soft Power With Chinese Characteristics: China's Campaign for Hearts and Minds, edited by Kingsley Edney, Stanley Rosen, Ying Zhu and can be found at:

  • October - December 2019

    December 31, 2019 -"We have almost never seen the transfer of mid-level officials between provinces at a scale this massive" - Prof. Suisheng Zhao was quoted in Bloomberg New's article "Rare Chinese bureaucratic shake-up reveals future leaders"

    December 12, 2019 -Sam Zhao signed the contract for the second volume edited book on China’s One Belt and One Road and Beijing-inspired Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The book is titled China’s Global Reach: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): Volume II, to be published by Routledge in May 2020.

    December 6-8, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave three speeches during his visit to Nanjing, December 6-8. One was titled “The US-China relations in 40 years: Retrospect and Prospect” in Nanjing University, the other was titled “Is a New Cold War Inevitable? The Emerging US-China Rivalry” in John Hopkins-Nanjing Center. The Third was titled “The Trends of China Studies in the US through the lens of the Journal of Contemporary China” at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

    December 4, 2019 - Prof. Zhao made a presentation at the panel titled “Globalization in transition: Adapting to a Changing World,” at the 3rd CGTN Global Media Summit, “Media and Technology,” in Beijing.

    November 22-24, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was invited to give four lectures in Changsha of Hunan Province’s School of Public Policy of Zhongnan University, Law school and public administration school of Hunan Normal University, and School of Economics and Finance of Hunan University.

    November 20, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture titled “The Forty Years of the US-China Relations: Retrospect and Prospect” at the Luojia Forum of the Wuhan University.

    November 15-20, 2019, Prof. Zhao gave four more public lectures on “US-China relations,” “China and the Post-WWII international order,” and “China’s Belt and Road Initiative as President Xi’s top-level design” at the Law School and the Industrial Economy School of Zhongnan University of Finance and Politics, The School of Social Science and humanities at the Wuhan University of Technology, and at the School of Social Sciences at the Wuhan Agricultural University.

    November 17, 2019 - Prof. Sam Zhao gave a keynote speech, titled “China’s Reform and Open up and the Development of China Studies in America,” at the International Conference of Rural Culture Revitalization and the 2019 Chinese Oriented Culture Industry Forum, held in Wuhan University of China in Hubei Province.

    November 13, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was interviewed on President Xi Jinping’s visit to Brazil and participation in the BRICS Summit in Brazil by CGTN’s The Heat.

    November 13, 2019 - Sam Zhao’s contribution, “China's Foreign Policy Making Process: Players and Institutions,” as chapter 5 of the book, China and the World, edited by David Shambough is recently published by Oxford University Press. The info on the book is available on the OUP website here:

    October 29, 2019 - Prof. Zhao's essay, “The Belt and Road Initiative and Xi Jinping’s foreign and domestic policy agenda,” was just published by Asia Dialogue from Nottingham University, UK. The link is

    October 27-28, 2019 -Prof. Zhao presented a paper titled, “China and the reform of the global governance: Multilateralism, globalization, and its backlash” at the Second International Forum on China and the world Order, organized by School of International Studies, Renmin University of China and The Chung-liu Education Foundation (Taipei).

    October 24, 2019 - Prof. Zhao made a presentation at the panel on US-China relations in the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations annul forum (known as the CICIR Forum) in Beijing China.

    October 21, 2019 - Prof. Zhao made a presentation on Asia-Pacific Security Architecture and joined a panel discussion on the US-China relations at the 9th Xiangshan Defense Forum in Beijing on October 21. The Xiangshan Forum is a high-level defense forum in Asia. This year’s forum theme was “Maintaining International Order and Promoting Peace in the Asia-Pacific" and was attended by more than 67 official delegations and invited scholars, including more than 20 defense ministers from around the world as well as senior defense policy officials and scholars.

    October 15, 2019 - Prof. Zhao did a TV interview on CGTN in Washington DC on China’s host of the World Military Games and military diplomacy:

    October 12, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was quoted (toward the end of this article) in a Bloomberg story about Chinese nationalism during the weekend.

    October 9, 2019 -Sam Zhao was quoted toward the end in this Bloomberg News story on the forthcoming (13th) round of the US-China trade negotiation in Washington DC.

  • July - September 2019

    September 24, 2019 - Sam Zhao co-hosted a Journal of Contemporary China workshop on “Cooperation and Competition among Great Powers and the Future of Indo-Pacific,” at Kim Dae-June Presidential Library, Seoul, South Kore. This workshop was co-hosted by Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies (YINKS), Yonsei University and National Research Foundation of Korea. The workshop was followed by a Policy Roundtable on “North Korea's de-nuclearization and the peace process on the Peninsula.” Sam Zhao made a presentation at the roundtable.

    September 23, 2019 - Sam Zhao gave a public lecture with the title “Is a New Cold War Inevitable? The Emerging US-China Rivalry” at Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University, South Korea. 

    September 11-13, 2019 -Sam Zhao has co-hosted a Journal of Contemporary China special issue workshop on “Governance Innovation and Policy Change under Xi Jinping,” with University of Duisburg-Essen and  Akademie für Politische Bildung in Munich, Germany on September 11-13. Sam Zhao presented a keynote speech on Policy Innovation under Xi Jinping at the workshop on September 13.

    August 25, 2019 - Prof. Zhao wrote an op-ed piece which is a summary of his speech on US-China relations to a think tank in China, published by Global Time.

    August 2, 2019 - Suisheng Zhao was interviewed on China’s response to the most recent development of the US-China trade war by Bloomberg News and was quoted:

    August 1, 2019 - Sam Zhao made a keynote speech on “the Belt and Road Initiative as the Signature of President Xi Jinping Diplomacy” at the 4th Belt and Road Initiative Conference (BRI 2019) in Collaboration with the Asian Logistics Round Table (ALRT) hosted by Chulalongkorn University, Zhejiang University and Inha University in Bangkok, Thailand on August 1-2. During the conference, Sam Zhao also spoke at the “Meeting Editors” Session.

    July 26, 2019 - Prof. Zhao's article, "China's Belt-Road Initiative as the Signature of President Xi Jinping Diplomacy: Easier Said than Done," is published online on the Journal of Contemporary China.

    July 18, 2019 - Suisheng Zhao made a keynote speech, titled “Whether or not Northeast Asian Countries have to take a side in the competition between the US and China: is a new Cold War avoidable?”   at the Northeast Asia Forum 2019 in Liaoning University co-sponsored by China’s Liaoning University and the Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies and held in Shenyang, China.

    July 4, 2019 - Suisheng Zhao was interviewed and quoted in "Will next 10 years of China-US relations be defined by conflicts, or their efforts to survive them?" by the Global Times

    July 2019 - Prof. Zhao's article, "Engagement on the Defensive from the Mismatched Grand Bargain to the Emerging US-China Rivalry," is published online on the Journal of Contemporary China. Vol 28, No 118.

  • April - June 2019

    June 27-29, 2019 - Sam Zhao presented a paper, “China’s Belt and Road Initiative as the Signature of President Xi Jinping Diplomacy,” at the International Conference on Xi Jinping’s Effect at the Banff Center, organized by the China Institute, University of Alberta, Canada.

    June 26, 2019 - Sam Zhao was the lunch speaker at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Belt and Road Initiative Project’s First Workshop, “The Evolution of Development Finance and Implications of Security Risks in BRI” in Washington DC.

    June 15-16, 2019 - Sam Zhao chaired a panel and served as a discussant at the workshop on Chinese Politics and Society organized by School of International and Public affairs of Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai.

    June 13, 2019 -Sam Zhao presented a paper, titled “East Asian Disorder: China and East Asian Regional Order” and chaired a panel at the international workshop: China, Major Powers and the Future of Indo-Pacific in Seoul, South Korea organized  by Center for International Area Studies, HUFS on June 13. While in South Korea, he also made a public presentation on US-China relation at The Korean National Diplomacy on June 14. Seoul, Korea, Sponsors: National Research Foundation of Korea and HUFS

    June 4, 2019 - Sam Zhao’s interview on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy demonstration was published in a story of Globe and Mail (Canada) on June 4th. The link is:

    Sam was quoted that “The roots of the 1989 protests lay in the dislocations brought about by market reforms that began roughly a decade earlier, producing inflation, inequality, injustice and corruption – all while weakening the ideologically communist foundation of party rule. When problems emerged, as a result, China’s leadership had little way to inspire loyalty, said Suisheng Zhao, the director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the University of Denver.   “After Tiananmen Square, I think the government rediscovered a new shared value,” he said. Patriotism, he explained, required no political ideology, and patriotic content entered a suite of school textbooks, from science to history and the civics and political thought classes known today as “moral education.” Beijing also sought to conjoin the identity of nation and party, so “criticism of the Communist Party became criticism of the Chinese nation,” Prof. Zhao said. Students raised in that system tend to “think that Tiananmen Square may not be something positive for China’s political development,” he said. ”They have become patriots.” Beijing, after all, can point to the success of its model. With the party at the helm, China has become a rising superpower, with mounting influence in global affairs.

    June 3, 2019 -Prof. Zhao was quoted in a Bloomberg story titled “Trump’s Next Trade War Target: Chinese Students at Elite Schools,” published today. Prof. Zhao was quoted at the end of the story that ““It is impossible to count on the United States for technology and innovation, and China has been aware of this for a while,” said Suisheng Zhao, director of the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. “China has no better option than self-reliance to develop its own high-tech talent.” Read more at:

    May 31, 2019 - Sam Zhao will co-host with the University of Vienna a workshop on the “New Forms of Evidence for the Study of Contention in China” in Vienna, Austria.  This is workshop will produce articles for a special issue of Journal of Contemporary China.

    May 16, 2019 - Prof. Zhao spoke to the Great Decisions Group at Highlands Ranch Public Library on the trade war between the US and China as a service to the public goods.

    May 15, 2019 - Prof. Zhao’s long interview on the clash of civilizations and the US-China relations was published as a lead article in the leading Chinese economic and financial news blog, zhonghongwang.

    In response to the recent racist statement by the US State Department Policy Planning Director that the U.S. is planning for a ‘clash of civilizations against China because China isn’t ‘Caucasian’’ while The Cold War with the Soviet Union was “a fight within the Western family,” Professor Zhao told the Chinese audience that this statement is not true and does not represent the thinking of the majority of American scholars and policy-analysists. The current rivalry between the US and China are caused by the conflicts of geopolitical and economic interests rather than different civilizations. The differences between Chinese civilization and the Western civilization are not the causes for conflicts. The Chinese people and American people have to enhance communications and learn from each other to avoid misunderstanding and find compromises and solutions to resolve their conflicts of interests.

    The link is below for those who can read Chinese.

    May 9, 2019 -CCUSC Director Suisheng Zhao was quoted in CBC News op-ed “What’s the U.S.-China trade war all about?”
    In response to the question how U.S.-China trade talks is in shadow of coming tariff increase , Professor Zhao said that "I don't think the tariffs themselves are the solution to the imbalance. That’s why we're seeing the negotiations. There are many other factors that produced the imbalance.”

    Zhao is quoted as saying that “if the trade war continues, it will have a negative impact on global GDP growth and disrupt complex global supply chains crucial to American firms' success.”

    The Americans appear to have an economic advantage. In relative terms, Zhao says, "China loses more than the U.S."  "For China, no alternative is as big and lucrative as the American market," he said. "They heavily rely on the U.S. market, and their economic growth has been turning south." Even so, there are no true winners in trade wars, Zhao said. "The entire U.S. economy will suffer from this, although China will suffer more." Zhao expects Trump will hear from angry farmers. "People who are damaged by the tariffs have a lot of channels to complain to their representatives," Zhao said. 

    Read the full article at:

    April 30, 2019 - Sam Zhao published an op-ed piece on “If the U.S. and China Make a Trade Deal, Then What?” in Asian society’s online magazine, ChinaFile.

    April 28, 2019 - Suisheng Zhao was quoted in Bloomberg’s story “Xi Jinping’s Second Belt and Road Forum: Three Key Takeaways.”

    “The attendance of some EU countries leaders show the projects are attractive to some developed countries which also have their own domestic economic issues. Since the trade war with the U.S. broke out, China has reexamined its leverage in its relations with major countries and readjusted some accordingly.”

    April 26, 2019 - Sam Zhao will serve as a moderator to the panel, “Traditional Security: Maritime Security, Politics, Economics, and Strategical Overseas Military Presence” at the 1 St China-U.S.-Canada Young Scholars Dialogue in Washington D.C, Friday, April 26, 2019. This inaugural trilateral dialogue is co-organized by Carter Center, Center for China-American Studies and other two organizations.

    April 22, 2019 - Sam Zhao was quoted in a Bloomberg News story, “China's Belt and Road Cracks Down on Corruption in Image Revamp.” He noted, "Since the trade war erupted, China faced domestic and international resistance and encountered setbacks in several countries which made the party rethink the publicity, especially on an international image. But I don’t think changes in the tone will make a difference. China’s international image has changed fundamentally from a moderate China to an assertive China."

    Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is now the Honorary Director of The Center for China-US Cooperation
    DENVER – March 2019 – The Center for China-US Cooperation (CCUSC) at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies is proud to announce Ambassador Christopher R. Hill as the Honorary Director of the CCUSC. 

    The CCUSC promotes mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States through forums, conferences, and other programs.  The CCUSC is dedicated to facilitating understanding of the changes in the political, economic, legal, social, and cultural landscape of China.  The CCUSC serves as a bridge in the search for mutual understanding between Chinese and American people by holding public lectures and conferences, hosting visiting scholars, and publishing the  Journal of Contemporary China , amongst other initiatives.

    Prof. Suisheng Zhao, the director of the CCUSC, is pleased to comment that “Amb. Chris Hill has long been part of the China Center in many functions. Having him as China Center’s honorary director, we can benefit not only from his knowledge, but also his highly respected stature in China, East Asia, and American international affairs communities.”

    Amb. Hill is the Chief Global Advisor and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at the University of Denver and the former dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. A former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, US Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia, and Poland, a US special envoy for Kosovo, a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords, and the chief US negotiator with North Korea from 2005-2009, he is author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, and a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate.

  • January - March 2019

    March 30, 2019 - Sam Zhao made a presentation at the US-China panel at Michigan China Forum at morning of March 30 and gave a mini-lecture on China and post-WWII world order at the China Colloquium, University of Michigan, at the afternoon of the same day.

    March 29, 2019 - Sam Zhao made a public lecture at Beijing University of International Economics and Trade on March 25, 2019. The topic of his presentation is “The US Factor in China’s Economic Reform and Open-up”.

    March 28, 2019 - Prof. Sam Zhao was interviewed on US-China Trade war and China Foreign Investment Law by CGTN on March 28. Here is the link

    March 26, 2019 - Director Prof. Suisheng Zhao and Honorary Director Amb. Christopher R. Hill of the Center for China-US Cooperation (CCUSC) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver led a delegation to the second track II on China-U.S. Relations, which was organized by China Association for Friendship and the School of International Relations and Diplomacy of Beijing Foreign Studies University and co-sponsored by the CCUSC, at the Beijing Asia Hotel, Beijing, China.

    March 22, 2019 - Prof. Zhao presented at the panel to discuss the joint report on “The US and China in Asia: Mitigating Tensions and Enhancing Cooperation” organized by John Hopkins’s SAIS and Beijing University’s Institute of International and Strategic Studies at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Convention on March 22

    March 15, 2019 - Prof. Zhao made a presentation titled “Building a Rule-based Regional Order? China and the South China Sea Disputes” and chaired a panel at the international symposium, “New Asian Disorder: Diagnosis and Tentative Outlook” held at University of California, Berkeley.

    March 14, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was interviewed by Bloomberg News.  In an interview by Bloomberg news, Professor Sam Zhao discussed disillusioned Chinese bureaucrats since President Xi came to office and centralized power in his hands. Professor Zhao said that  “The abolition of term limits, which Xi pushed for and won in last year’s National People’s Congress, and efforts to consolidate his personal authority run counter to the country’s meritocratic tradition. Since Deng Xiaoping, the Communist Party of China tried to institutionalize a system that grooms and assigns young and well-educated cadres to key positions. But that system is breaking down. Bureaucrats don’t dare to do things, as they worry about making mistakes” :

    March 8, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture at Middlebury College on “The Evolution of Chinese Nationalism and its Foreign Policy Implications.” See Photos

    March 1, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture with the title, “Is a US China cold war inevitable?” at Beijing Foreign Studies University on March 1.

    February 28, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture on the US-China-Taiwan relations at the China Times, in Taipei on February 28. While he was in Taipei, Prof. Zhao was also interviewed by the China Times and two interviews stories were published:

    February 11, 2019 - Prof. Zhao was quoted extensively in this interview published in The Diplomat. The link is

    February 2019 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's new book: Debating Regime Legitimacy in Contemporary China, has been recently published in Paperback -

    January 18, 2019 - Prof. Zhao chaired a panel “US-China Relations: Geostrategic Implications” and presented “US-China Political and Security Issues” at the Carter Center and Emory University's three day symposium and gala dinner to celebrate the 40th anniversary of normalization of US-China diplomatic relations and President Carter's unique contributions to US-China relations.

    January 11, 2019 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture "A New Cold War? The Causes and Future of the Emerging US-China Rivalry" at the School of Public Policy of Beijing Normal University.

    January 10, 2019 - Prof. Zhao hosted and chaired a workshop "China's Modernization and Governance in a Comparative Perspective" at Shanghai's Fudan University, and delivered a public lecture at the School of International and Public Affairs, Fudan Universit y, Shanghai.

  • October - December 2018

    December 16, 2018 - Prof. Zhao's TV interview on CGTV discussing US-China relations:

    December 9, 2018 - Prof. Zhao was keynote speaker at an international conference, Engagement or Disengagement? The Future of Sino-US Relations, in Beijing. The conference was organized by Intellisia Institute and Beijing University of International Relations, and his speech was titled, “Engagement on the Defensive: From the Mismatched Grand Bargain to the Emerging US-China Rivalry.” He was also a plenary speaker at the International Conference: Singapore as a Nexus of the Maritime Silk Road, in Singapore on December 7. His presentation topic was “China’s Belt-Road Initiative as Top-level Design.”

    November 5, 2018 -Prof. Zhao was interviewed by Australian radio station SBS on the US mid-term election. The interview was conducted in mandarin:

    October 23, 2018 - Prof. Zhao was quoted in this Bloomberg news story:

    October 2018 - Prof. Zhao's DU Engaging Ideas interview:

    October 18-19, 2018 - Prof. Zhao presented a paper and chaired a panel at University of California, Berkeley’s conference, “Coping with Backlash against Globalization: National and Firm Strategies”. His presentation was titled “ China: The Backlash against Globalization and the reform form Global Governance,” and the  panel he chaired was the “National and Firm Technology Strategies in response to the Backlash against Globalization". The link to the conference program can be found here:

    October 4, 2018 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's CGTN interview on Vice-President Pence's speech on the US-China Policy shift:

    October 3, 2018 -CCUSC Affiliate, Richard Mueller wrote an article for the National Security Forum on "US-China Relations: Dangerous Times Ahead and Some Ways to Avoid Them":

  • July - September 2018

    September 27, 2018 - Prof. Suisheng Zhao's CGTN interview on North Korean denuclearization issue:

    September 3, 2018 -Prof. Zhao's interview on China-African relations on CGTN:

    August 6, 2018 -Prof. Zhao's interview with SBS Australia, Melbourne on the topic of "Australia-US-Japan Trilateral cooperation in relations with China":

    August 2, 2018 - Prof. Zhao gave a public lecture at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia at the evening of August 2.  The topic was “China’s Belt-Road Initiative as a Top-Level Design: Can Beijing Achieve its Ambitious Goals?”:

  • April - June 2018

    June 27, 2018 - Prof. Zhao's interview at CGTN on Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ recent visit to China and the Mil-Mil relations between China and the US.

    May 11, 2018 - CCUSC Director Professor Sam Zhao spoke at the public event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of US-China diplomatic relations hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Relations (CSIS) in Washington DC.  The event was recorded and can be viewed at:

    May 8, 2018 - Professor Suisheng Zhao's interview at CGTN’s heat program on the implications of US withdrawal from Iran deal for China and North Korea

    April 3, 2018 - Prof. Zhao appeared on CGTN for an interview on on President Trump’s tariffs and US-China trade war:

    April 2018 - Prof. Zhao's article on the US-China competition and Cooperation in the reconstruction of the world order, published in the Twenty-First Century, a Chinese University of Hong Kong quarterly journal.

    Chinese link, 
    English link,

  • January - March 2018

    March 12, 2018 -Prof. Zhao's interview with CGTN, "Sam Zhao explains China investment in modernizing the military"

    Feb 15, 2018 - Prof. Zhao's Op-ed piece "Is America Policy Toward China Due for a 'Reckoning?'" published in ChinaFile:

    Jan 17, 2018 - CGTN America "Sam Zhao discusses the latest in cross-strait relations"

    Jan 11, 2018 - Chinese Social Sciences Today published an interview with Prof. Zhao on China-US Relations:

  • 2017

    Nov 22, 2017 - Prof Zhao was interviewed for an Op-ed "Can rising China replace US as global leader" published in Global Times:

    Nov 16, 2017 - Professor Suisheng Zhao’s article “Was Trump’s China trip more than a spectacular show?” was published today by Nikkei Asian Review.

    October 12, 2017 - Prof. Zhao joined the hour-long NPR radio show 1A - “China: How a Superpower Sets Its Agenda,” to discuss the forthcoming 19th Communist Party Congress.
    In addition to Prof. Zhao, guests included: Anthony Kuhn, international correspondent based in Beijing China, NPR; Elizabeth Economy, Senior fellow and director of Asia studies, Council on Foreign Relations; and Ji-Young Lee Assistant professor at American University. To listen to the show please visit:

    February 2, 2017 - Prof. Zhao was a guest on Radio Sputnik UK's show World in Focus. Prof. Zhao's comments start at about minute 33:

    January 29, 2017 - Prof. Zhao wrote an article entitled, "A time of test for the China model of economic growth," in East Asian Forum, published by the Australian National University.

    January 26, 2017 - Prof. Zhao was a guest on The Heat - the episode entitled, "President Trump's first week in office." 

    January 20, 2017 - Prof. Zhao was on the BBC - His comments can be heard at about minute 38. The program can be accessed here: President Trump Takes Office

    January 14, 2017 - The China Review News Agency story about Prof. Zhao's public lecture at Renmin University's Chongyang Financial Institute on January 14. The topic was “American Reflection on the engagement with China as backdrop of President-elect Trump’s China Policy.”