American Continuities: Obama’s Asian and Nuclear Weapons Policies
Dr. Joseph Gerson
Changzhou, China, June 20, 2010
I have been asked to say a few words about the Obama Administration’s overall foreign and military policies, focusing on its policies toward China and the Asia-Pacific and its approach to nuclear weapons.
Advisor Mao Rubai, Vice Chairperson Madam Yang Junqi, Vice Minister Li Jijun, People’s Congress Representative Li Quan Lin, Mayor Wan Wei Cheng, friends, and other distinguished participants, on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee I want to thank you for all that you and your colleagues have done to make today’s Peace Forum possible. Thanks, too, to Professors Bartoli an Hamrin for organizing the ICAR delegation from George Mason College.
The global financial crisis offered AFSC a special opportunity to assist China as it explores the role civil society can play – while working with the state – to alleviate conflict.
Partnering with the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), AFSC brought 14 experts and practitioners of conflict resolution from 11 nations to Chongqing for an October conference titled “Responding to the Challenges of Financial Crisis and Building Social Harmony.”
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