Now in its twelfth iteration, the annual Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations affords the opportunity for a frank and forthright discussion of current and potential issues between the two countries; it is the first and only ongoing lecture series on U.S.-China relations that takes place on the Mainland.
The lecture is named in honor of the late A. Doak Barnett and the late Michel Oksenberg, both American scholars and policymakers of distinction whose writing and actions had a direct impact on the bilateral relationship dating back to the 1960s. The two were also leaders of the National Committee and devoted much time and effort to the work of the organization. Doak was one of the founding members and second chairman of the Committee and both gentlemen served on our board for decades.
The program, co-sponsored by the National Committee and the Shanghai Association of American Studies, with the cooperation of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, is usually timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Shanghai Communiqué on February 27, 1972. This seminal document, negotiated by President Richard Nixon and Premier Zhou Enlai, was the first joint statement to be issued by the leaders of the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Although limited in its content, the Shanghai Communiqué laid the groundwork for the establishment of official diplomatic relations toward the end of the decade.
The following distinguished individuals have spoken in this series:
- 2019: Susan A. Thornton, Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School; former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs
- 2017: The Honorable William J. Perry, 19th Secretary of Defense for the United States; Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus), Stanford University
- 2015: Dr. David M. Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of SAIS-China and China Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
- 2014: The Honorable Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
- 2013: The Honorable Jeffrey A. Bader, John Whitehead Senior Fellow in International Diplomacy, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution; former Special Advisor to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs at the National Security Council; U.S. Ambassador to Namibia
- 2012: The Honorable Gary Locke, Ambassador to China; former Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington State
- 2011: The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China; former Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore
- 2010: The Honorable Carla A. Hills, Chair, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; Chair and CEO, Hills & Company International Consultants; former U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- 2008: The Honorable Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Founder and Chairman of Projects International; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Chargé at the American embassies in Beijing and Bangkok
- 2007: The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick, Vice Chairman, International and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; former World Bank President, U.S. Trade Representative, and Deputy Secretary of State
- 2006: Dr. Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan; Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution; former Special Advisor to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council
- 2005: The Honorable J. Stapleton Roy, Head, Woodrow Wilson Institute’s Kissinger Center on China; Former Ambassador to China, Indonesia and Singapore
2019 – Susan A. Thornton
Susan A. Thornton delivered the 2019 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations titled “Prospects for Co-evolution in Sino-American Relations” in Shanghai on May 15, 2019.
2017 – William J. Perry
The Honorable William J. Perry delivered the 2017 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations titled “The North Korea Conundrum” in Shanghai on March 21, 2017.
2015 – David M. Lampton
David M. Lampton delivered the 2015 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations titled “Managing Relations Between Two Big Powers” in Shanghai on November 23, 2015.
2014 – Jimmy Carter
President Jimmy Carter delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations to an audience of 500 guests in Shanghai on September 9, 2014.
2013 – Jeffrey Bader
On May 14, 2013 Ambassador Jeffrey Bader, former National Security Council senior director for East Asian affairs, delivered the keynote address at the 2013 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations to an audience in Shanghai.
2012 – Gary Locke
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke delivered the keynote address at the seventh annual Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations to an audience of over 450 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai.
2011 – Jon Huntsman, Jr.
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr. delivered remarks and answered questions about the U.S.-China relationship as the keynote speaker at the annual Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations on April 6, 2011 in Shanghai.
2010 – Carla A. Hills
Ambassador Carla A. Hills, chair of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and chair and CEO of Hills and Company, delivered the 2010 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on March 2, 2010 in Shanghai.