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U.S.-China Relations: From Engagement to Strategic Competition

May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

U.S.-China Relations

Moderated by Lynn White, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus; Senior Scholar.


  • Alice Lyman Miller ’66, Research Associate, Hoover Institution & Lecturer, East Asian Studies, Stanford University
  • Bing Shen ’71, Board Director, ECOVE Environment Corporation
  • Angie Tang ’91, Director of Executive Communications, East West Bank
  • Sheryl WuDunn *88, Partner, FullSky Partners

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About the Moderator


Lynn White

Lynn White
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus; Senior Scholar 

Lynn White h84 received his PhD at Berkeley and taught four decades at Princeton. Forty-five former students, all Princeton alums, have tenured jobs teaching Asian politics. His books cover stages of political evolution: “Careers in Shanghai” is about revolutionary consolidation, culture, and coercion during the 1950s. “Policies of Chaos” proves the effects of those earlier control policies on Cultural Revolution violence. “Unstately Power” is a two-tome series on local reforms after 1969; Vol. 1 won the AAS Levenson Prize as the best book of its year on 20th C. China. “Political Booms” compares local-political changes in Jiangnan, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines. “Philippine Politics” explains some causes of economic-political stagnancy there. “Democratization in Hong Kong – and China?” weighs factors that help and hinder popular sovereignty. “Rural Roots of Reform before China’s Conservative Change” shows that post-1969 countryside agricultural and industrial development created splendid prosperity, rampant inflation, losses of Party power until 1990 – and now, reactionary centralist politics under Xi Jinping. Lynn’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, American Political Science Review, Journal of Contemporary China, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Journal of Chinese Political Science, China Information, and elsewhere. Lynn looks at politics outside the state, at their effects on state structure, and at both unintended situations and leaders’ intentions (referring to local and medial leaders, not just famous figures in Beijing).


About the Panelists


Alice MillerAlice Lyman Miller ’66
Research Associate, Hoover Institution & Lecturer, East Asian Studies, Stanford University

Alice Lyman Miller ’66 is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and teaches in the East Asian Studies program at Stanford. From 1999-2014, she also taught in the Department of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Alice taught at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. from 1990–99. From 1974–90, she worked in the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst of Chinese foreign policy and domestic politics and as a division chief supervising analysis on China, North Korea, Indochina and Soviet policy in East Asia. From 1966-68, she was a Chinese translator at the agency, translating Red Guard newspaper attacks on Mao Zedong’s leadership enemies during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. She has lived and worked in Taiwan, Japan and the PRC. From 2001-2018, she was editor and contributor to the Hoover Institution’s China Leadership Monitor, which offered online authoritative assessments of trends in Chinese leadership politics to American policymakers and the general public. Miller is author of “Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge” (University of Washington Press, 1996) and co-author of “Becoming Asia: Change and Continuity in Asian International Relations since World War II” (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently working on a new book, entitled “China’s Long Revolution, 1550–Present,” that brings a historical perspective to bear on China’s rise in the contemporary international order. She received a B.A. in Oriental Studies from Princeton in 1966. She earned an M.A. and a PhD in history from George Washington University in 1969 and 1974. Formerly H. Lyman Miller, she transitioned in 2006.


Bing ShenBing Shen ’71
Board Director, ECOVE Environment Corporation

Bing Shen ’71 was born in Taipei, Taiwan. His native language is Chinese (he speaks both Mandarin and the Shanghai dialect). He attended schools in Taiwan, Republic of the Congo (where he acquired proficiency in French), and the U.S. before coming to Old Nassau. Bing went to Harvard Business School immediately after graduation. In 1973, he joined the World Bank which is focused on providing financing to developing (Third World) countries. In 1987, he joined Morgan Stanley, an internationally active financial institution. He was with them for 12 years. His tenure there coincided with early phases of globalization. Among other accomplishments, he opened the firm’s Beijing and Taipei branches. In 1999, he joined a major Asian private equity and venture capital firm. Bing took early retirement in 2005 and now lives in San Francisco with his family.


Angie TangAngie Tang ’91
Director of Executive Communications, East West Bank

Angie Tang ’91 brings three decades of professional experience as a banking executive, government official, NGO leader and communications strategist. She currently leads global policy and communications at East West Bank, one of America’s largest 25 banks by market value with a differentiated focus in the U.S. and China markets. Angie also serves as senior advisor of Asia Value Advisors, a Hong Kong-based venture philanthropy consulting firm that promotes social entrepreneurship and impact investing. She was a columnist at The Diplomat contributing commentary on U.S. politics and foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region. As executive director of the nonprofit Committee of 100, she spearheaded China delegations, Track II discussions and leadership development trainings. Before her nonprofit work, she was a regional executive of the U.S. Department of Labor where she led post-September 11 economic revitalization programs. As U.S. Delegate and staffer to the biannual U.S. – China Strategic Economic Dialogue, she coordinated policy review and press briefings. Before federal government service, Angie was the head of the mayoral agency with oversight on immigration and immigrant issues in New York City. She started her career in public policy as a legislative assistant to the President of the New York City Council, developing and evaluating economic development initiatives for small business. Angie is active in promoting higher education opportunities for first-generation and low-income youth as board trustee and advisor at Berkeley College, the Hunter College School of Public Policy and the nonprofit startup Collaborate and Graduate. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University and Columbia Business School.


Sheryl WuDunnSheryl WuDunn *88
Partner, FullSky Partners

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures mostly in technology and healthcare. Sheryl is also co-author of five books, including “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope and Half the Sky,” which address issues of social and economic inequality and public health both in the U.S. and the developing world. PBS recently aired Tightrope, a documentary based on the book, with a focus on the challenges of the working class in rural America. She is also co-author, with Nicholas D. Kristof, of “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.” Previously, Sheryl was a vice president in the investment management division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and has been a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, a FINRA-registered broker dealer. She also is one of a small handful of people who have worked at The New York Times both as an executive and journalist: in management roles in both the Strategic Planning and Circulation Sales departments at The Times; as editor for international markets, energy and industry; as The Times’ first anchor of an evening news headlines program; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo covering business issues and banking crises, and Beijing, where she covered China’s growing economy, as well as politics and social issues. She has been a Hauser Visiting Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton University and Cornell University. Sheryl holds a B.A. from Cornell, an MPA. from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


May 20
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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