14th Giri Deshingkar Memorial Lecture by Elizabeth C. Economy

Elizabeth C. Economy will deliver the 14th Giri Deshingkar Memorial Lecture on ‘US-China Relations in the Era of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping’ on 6 July 2020 via Zoom Webinar. The lecture is jointly organized by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.


Giri Deshingkar Memorial Lectures are instituted in the memory of Professor Giri Deshingkar, former Director of the CSDS and founder member of the Institute of Chinese Studies. Earlier speakers in the series include Professors Prasenjit Duara, Wang Gungwu, Tan Chung, Hamashita Takeshi, Ashwani Saith, Richard Appelbaum, Elizabeth Perry, Wang Hui, Shu-mei Shih, Andrew J. Nathan, David Shambaug, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Mark C. Elliott.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Elizabeth C. Economy.

Over the past several years, U.S.-China relations have deteriorated sharply. The two great powers are engaged in a profound competition over geo-strategic concerns, economic interests, and fundamental political values. Some political observers have gone so far as to raise the potential of a new Cold War. What domestic factors in each country are contributing to the ongoing and growing tensions between the United States and China? What measures might help arrest the current downward trajectory in the bilateral relationship? The speaker will discuss these issues, as well as their broader implications for other countries and for the future role of China and the United States on the global stage.

Elizabeth C. Economy is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her most recent book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, (2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize for the best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. She is also the author of the award-winning The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (2010), and co-authored with Michael Levi By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World.

Guidelines for Webinar Registration

To receive login details for the Zoom Webinar, please register for the event here. The login details with only registered participants latest by the evening of 5th July 2020. The registration form will close on Sunday, 5th July at 9 PM. IST.

It is advisable to download the updated Zoom application available on your desktops, laptops, mobile, or tablet for easy usage. However, one can also use Zoom online through a browser. Participants are required to enter their names while joining the meeting for ease of interaction during discussions. After joining the Zoom meeting, participants will be guided through a screen in which they will grant access to Device Audio and Video. Some toggling for permissions may be required via the software window.

The meeting room will be open to participants 6:00 PM IST onwards, with the conversation formally starting at 6:30 PM IST. The webinar will also be live streamed on Youtube Channel linked here.

To pose questions to the speaker, participants are requested to use the "Raise Hand" feature in Zoom, or use the "Chat" option to message the question to the host privately. Individuals will be called on for questions after Dr. Economy's initial remarks. Given time constraints, participants are requested to keep their questions clear and brief.

Monday, 6th July 2020
6.30 pm, Zoom Webinar