US-China Relations Under Trump: A Live Sinica Podcast on SupChina

January 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Watch a live taping of Sinica Podcast on SupChina, a weekly podcast known for its incisive commentary, wry humor, andin-depth interviews with a range of guests versed in Chinese politics, culture, history, media, and more. Special guest: Susan Shirk, head of the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego.


We've already caught glimpses of discontent and tension between the United State and China before Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

Throughout his campaign, Trump cast China as a villain in America's complicated economic struggles. He threatened to officially declare China a "currency manipulator" in his first days in office. He called climate change a "Chinese hoax." After he became president-elect, he took a trans-Pacific call with Tsai Ing-wen and posted a few tweets that threatened a decades-old loose truce between China and Taiwan.

Days into taking over the White House, he's scrapped the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Even more perilous, his spokesman, according to the New York Times, has said that the administration would "prevent China from accessing islands it claimed in the South China Sea" (NYT, "Trump Injects High Risk Into Relations With China," Jan. 24, 2017). The Times reports that one Chinese nationalist newspaper has equated this to a call for war.

Comparatively, President Xi Jinping recently gave what some have lauded a critical speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It was a strong signal of the nation's intention to position itself as a political and economic ally to countries disenfranchised by (future) U.S. policies.

Find out the impact of Trump's actions plus other contemporary factors forming the potential future of the US-China dynamic during a live Sinica Podcast recording here at UCI. Podcast co-hosts Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser Kuo will interview Susan Shirk, renowned China policy expert who heads the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego.

Open to the public and free: Register here.
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
EDU 1111 (LAW)

About the Hosts
Jeremy Goldkorn is co-host and co-founder of the Sinica podcast and currently acting editor-in-chief of He moved to China in 1995 and became managing editor of Beijing's first independent English-language entertainment magazine. In 2003, he founded the website and research firm, Danwei, which tracked Chinese media, markets, politics and business. It was acquired in 2013 by the Financial Times.

Kaiser Kuo is host and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China, and editor-at-large of He previously served as director of international communications for Baidu, China's leading search engine, and worked for many years as a technology reporter in China.

About the Guest
Susan Shirk is former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. She was in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia). She is currently a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where she assists clients with issues related to East Asia. She is married to Samuel L. Popkin, another prominent UCSD professor.