Conference on China-Myanmar Includes Distinguished Panelists
November 04, 2011 –The past, present and future of China-Myanmar relations is the subject of a conference at Georgetown today.
The university is hosting the private, nongovernmental conference in conjunction with CNA, a non-profit research institution.
“Myanmar-Burma has become a cottage industry,” said David Steinberg, professor of Asian studies in the School of Foreign Service, in his opening address. “There is a growing interest in the relationships between these two countries. So it seems an appropriate time to have such a meeting.”
The conference, “China-Myanmar Relations: The Dilemmas of Mutual Dependence,” includes panel discussions on strategic issues, the interests of the two countries and the impact China-Myanmar relations has on Western and other Asian policies and other topics.
Among the panelists are David Finkelstein, vice president and director of CNA China Studies; Frank Jannuzi, the policy director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Christian Brose, national security and foreign policy advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); and Michael Green, a Georgetown associate professor of international relations; and representatives and researchers from many Asian universities and organizations.
Although U.S.-China policies and U.S.-Myanmar policies are often topics of foreign policy discussion, there is far less discussion about China-Myanmar relations, Steinberg says, “and that is a very important relationship.”
As many of the panelists emphasized, the relationship between those two countries will not only affect their Asian neighbors but the rest of the world, especially as China continues to develop into a leading global power.
Steinberg says the conference is a reflection of Georgetown’s commitment to furthering its relationships with China and other Asian countries.
When he previously served as director of Asian studies, he said the university asked him to invite Chinese scholars to Georgetown to work on mutually interesting research. The professor chose to invite scholars interested in China-Myanmar relations.
“This is a revolving and dynamic relationship,” Steinberg said those two countries. “And conferences such as this one are a beneficial way of creating a conversation around an important and impactful relationship.”