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US-China Relations Update with Susan Thornton

China Voices: The AmCham Shanghai Podcast

This week we have a review of the US-China relationship following Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's meeting in Tianjin. We talk with former long-time diplomat and China expert Susan Thornton about how the US and China should each adjust their policy approach in order to get out of the current standstill in bilateral dialogue. Susan currently serves as a senior fellow and research scholar at the Paul Tsai China Center and as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Susan offers her analysis of the major themes guiding President Biden's China strategy and what a possible meeting between the two country's leaders could look like. She also gives her take on whether the US is likely to join a trans-Pacific trade agreement and finally, how the US needs to ready itself for the current shift in the international system as China rises as a leading power. 


6 Aug 2021

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How Can Diplomacy Avert a New Cold War with China? | Susan Thornton, Beatrice Camp


On August 17, 2020, the National Committee hosted a virtual program with retired American diplomats Susan Thornton and Beatrice Camp to discuss the place of diplomacy in U.S. policy toward China and beyond.

1hr 19mins

25 Aug 2020

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Global Governance 2020: A discussion with Kaiser Kuo and Susan Thornton

Sinica Podcast

Susan Thornton, former senior U.S. diplomat, returns to the Sinica Podcast this week. This conversation was recorded during the Princeton U.S.-China Coalition virtual event on August 1, 2020. Kaiser and Susan discuss the value of American diplomacy with China and if such engagement can help salvage what remains of a deeply strained bilateral relationship between China and the United States. 9:27: Swapping diplomacy for machismo at the State Department23:06: The sharp falloff in candidates entering the U.S. Foreign Service28:29: Fatalism and China34:08: Distrust and vilify, Washington’s new China policyRecommendations:Susan: Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia, by Paul J. Heer. Kaiser: The TV show Better Call Saul, available on Netflix.This podcast was edited and produced by Kaiser Kuo and Jason MacRonald.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


13 Aug 2020

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Fmr Mayor Susan Thornton on the History of the Littleton Municipal Courthouse

Voices of Littleton with Jason Henderson

In our first episode, Jason chats about the history of the Littleton Municipal Courthouse with Susan Thornton, who served for 16 years on the Littleton City Council, from 1987 until 2006. For 8 of those years, she was Mayor, and for another 4 years, she was Mayor Pro Tem. As she points out, those were important years for historic preservation for Littleton.


27 Mar 2020

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Ep. 20 Understanding China, Pt. 1 w/ Susan Thornton

Everybody Assumes

Whether you only read President Trump's tweets or listen exclusively to Democratic presidential candidates public statements, it is clear that China is not only a crucial national security challenge for the U.S., but it is quickly becoming a huge domestic political issue. In this episode, Susan Thornton and I unpack the hype inside and outside of Washington around China and discuss how it grew economically and strategically in the past 50+ years. We dive deep into how the Trump administration deals with China, and Thornton's own experience in that. For anyone interested in China, this is a great episode!  Susan Thornton was a career diplomat, serving almost 30 years at the State Department, and retiring as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, basically meaning she ran everything Asia-related at the State Department. In addition to leadership roles in Washington, Thornton helped negotiate the U.S.-China Cyber agreement in 2015, and was involved in backchannel talks between the Trump administration and North Korea. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center, and also runs a family farm in Maine.  Recent Article by Thornton that much of the conversation is based on: https://www.afsa.org/american-diplomacy-china-dead Favorite Podcast: "Hidden Forces" Most insightful person to follow on social media: I don’t follow anyone closely, but I follow people from all sides of the spectrum and then use an aggregator to filter for the most useful stuff. But I mostly read for facts, not opinions and especially not twitter, which I despise. A book that has most shaped her thinking: "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


20 Sep 2019

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Susan Thornton: Prospects for Co-evolution in Sino-American Relations


Susan A. Thornton delivered the 2019 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations in Shanghai on Wednesday, May 15. Now in its twelfth year, this annual lecture 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. Susan A. Thornton is a retired senior U.S. diplomat with almost 30 years of experience with the U.S. State Department in Eurasia and East Asia. She is currently a senior fellow and research scholar at Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center. Until July 2018, Thornton was acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment. In previous State Department roles, she worked on China and Korea policy and served in leadership positions at U.S. embassies in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus, and China. She speaks Russian and Mandarin Chinese. View more information on the Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture here: https://ncuscr.news/barnett-oksenberg

1hr 50mins

4 Jun 2019

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Susan Thornton on a Crisis in U.S.-China Relations

China in the World

Over three years into Trump’s presidency, U.S.-China trade and economic issues remain unresolved while security concerns are creeping into the bilateral agenda. In this podcast, Paul Haenle spoke with Susan Thornton, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, on the trajectory for bilateral ties and the potential for a crisis in U.S.-China relations.


4 Apr 2019

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U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast

Susan Thornton is interviewed for the U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast. Thornton addresses Chinese cyber hacking, setting up the summit between the U.S. and Chinese presidents in Florida, and how career officials handle political transitions.

1hr 2mins

31 Mar 2019

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Can We Live with China? 2019 Neuhauser Memorial Lecture with Susan Thornton

Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Susan Thornton was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State during the first 18 months of the Trump administration. Prior to her departure, Thornton led East Asia policy-making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a generally deteriorating environment in the United States for international economic and diplomatic engagement. She was the architect of the diplomatic pressure campaign on the North Korean regime, structured the administration’s initial approach to China, and developed the administration’s trademark Indo-Pacific Strategy.In previous leadership roles in Washington, Thornton worked on China and Korea policy, including stabilizing relations with Taiwan, the U.S.-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and led a successful negotiation in Pyongyang for monitoring of the Agreed Framework on denuclearization.In her 18 years of overseas postings in Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus and China, Thornton’s leadership furthered U.S. interests and influence and maintained programs and mission morale in a host of difficult operating environments. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was among the first State Department Fascell Fellows and served from 1989–90 at the U.S. Consulate in Leningrad. She was also a researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute from 1987–91.Thornton received her M.A. in International Relations and Soviet Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1991 and earned an M.S. in National Strategy and Resource Management at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School in 2010. Thornton received her B.A. from Bowdoin College in Economics and Russian in 1985, and taught in international secondary schools in Brussels, London, and Chile. She speaks Russian, Mandarin Chinese and French, is a member of numerous professional associations and is on the Board of Trustees for the Eurasia Foundation.The Charles Neuhauser Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.Read and download the transcript for this event on our website: https://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/events/neuhauser-lecture-featuring-susan-thornton-can-we-live-with-china-a-roadmap-for-co-evolution/

1hr 39mins

5 Mar 2019

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Interesting People #62: Susan Thornton of Other Voices Theatre

Interesting People Podcast

This episode features Susan Thornton the Artist Director of Other Voices Theatre a local theatre here in Frederick! We chat about how she got into acting/directing, their upcoming season, and some fun behind the scenes details. Get excited! Website: http://www.othervoicestheatre.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/othervoicestheatrefrederick/ They are doing Chicago: https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=0400006912312437 Here is the cast pic we talked about: https://www.facebook.com/othervoicestheatrefrederick/photos/pb.512578862176263.-2207520000.1531353793./1487943731306433/?type=3&theater About:Other Voices is a community theatre with a professional feel. We focus on bringing our community approach to everything we do. Community Onstage. Community Offstage. iTunes - https://goo.gl/7HS1u4Google Play - https://goo.gl/Whff9U Every Interview - http://www.wfre.com/interesting-people-podcast/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


11 Jul 2018