MCI Director Peter Gries interviewed on 40th anniversary of US-China relations

8 January 2019

Interview series commemorating 40 years of US-China relations includes former US President Jimmy Carter, and Lee Kai Hung Chair Peter Gries

To mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, the Shanghai Institute of American Studies produced “40 People on 40 Years: An Interview Series Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of US-China Diplomatic Normalization”.

The series features interviews with 40 Americans and Chinese (20 from each side) seen as having shaped US-China relations. They include former US president Jimmy Carter, former US Ambassadors to China Stapleton Roy and Terry Branstad, and former Chinese Ambassadors to the US Zhou Wenzhong and Cui Tiankai. They discuss the past, present, and future prospects for US-China relations.

In his interview, conducted in Chinese, Prof Peter Gries argues for greater mutual understanding in US-China relations. Gries was a child in Beijing during the US-China diplomatic normalization in 1979, and has witnessed the remarkable evolution of bilateral relations over the subsequent 40 years. A political psychologist, he explores how mis/trust and mis/understanding shape US-China relations.

Seeking to foster greater mutual understanding, Prof Gries founded and directs the US-China Diplomatic Dialogue, an annual track 1.5 dialogue for young Chinese and American diplomats. The 11th USCDD was held last November. Approximately 150 diplomats have now benefited from the program.

Watch the video of Director Gries’ interview in Chinese (with English subtitles) at this link or read the full interview here (in Chinese).

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