Professor Zheng Wang, Ph.D., director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Global Fellow at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States of the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars, Fellow of International Security at New
America, and a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR),
is a highly sought-out media expert called upon to analyze the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco and the meetings between President Biden
and Chinese President Xi.
Professor Wang’s interview with the leading global news syndicate Agence France-Presse (AFP), Pandas and partnership: Was Xi’s US trip a success? appeared throughout the world media, including Yahoo! News, International Business Times, Radio France Internationale, France 24, The Guam Daily Post, Hong Kong Free Press, MSN South Africa, and The Philippine Star. He discussed Xi’s first visit to the United States in six years and the Biden-Xi
summit as a “potential turning poin” in bilateral relations between the two nations.
Providing his insights, Professor Wang explained: “We’ve witnessed a trade war, technology
conflicts, and the far-reaching impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. “Stable
and constructive US-China relations are therefore needed for both sides.”
As President Biden faces the presidential election campaign, and monitoring wars in
Ukraine and the Middle East, Xi faces his own economic challenges in China and political
intrigues around the Communist Party leadership.
In an interview with Nikkei Asia, With Xi in U.S., China’s influencers put lid anti-West rhetoric, Professor Wang spoke about an awareness of China tapping down on nationalist sentiment
and anti-Western and anti-U.S. rhetoric. He is the author of the award-winning book
Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign
Relations (Columbia University Press, 2012), and the acclaimed Memory Politics, Identity and Conflict: Historical Memory as a Variable (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), which aims to contribute to methodological discussions
concerning the use of historical memory as a variable to explain political actions
and group conflict.
Professor Wang explained that using nationalism to sway public opinion is like riding
“Once you ride a tiger, it’s hard to get off… It makes it much harder for the government
to change its foreign policy, even though many people in China know that the current
[direction] is not in China’s [best] interest,” he said.
Since 2016, Professor Wang has led a U.S.-China track II dialogue project, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, focusing on the U.S.-China relations
and communication over bilateral disputes. As a part of this program, he recently
convened a trilateral conference in Tokyo, Japan titled “Securing East Asian Peace: Meeting Challenges and Managing Conflicts.” This program has also culminated in the upcoming publication, COVID-19 and U.S.-China Relations, scheduled for publication in early 2024 by Palgrave Macmillan. This volume, of which
Wang serves as the editor, offers a groundbreaking examination of the profound and
lasting impacts of COVID-19 on U.S.-China relations.
About the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)
The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) is a creative hub that merges cutting-edge
academic research, education programs and practical initiatives that reduce violence,
and build more peaceful societies and international relations. The Center promotes
interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics related to peace and conflict
with an emphasis on conflict prevention, management, resolution, and post-conflict
peace building and reconstruction. The Center is committed to advancing the understanding
of social conflict, global peace and conflict issues through multidisciplinary, multilevel,
and multicultural approaches. Through the Center’s ongoing research projects as well
as education and practice activities, faculty, students, alumni and colleagues work
together to develop the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies. To
learn more, please visit CPCS.
About the School of Diplomacy
An affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs,
the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations is a professional
school offering graduate and undergraduate programs, online and in person. The school
embraces Seton Hall’s long tradition of a values-based education emphasizing servant
leadership, seeking to make a substantive impact in solving global challenges. With
a diverse student body and faculty, intimate class sizes, and an agile curriculum,
diplomacy students are colleagues, working on collaborative research, policy, and
field work and innovations alongside faculty. To learn more, please click here.
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