Assembling the Task Force on U.S.-China Policy

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy's 21st Century China Center teamed up with Asia Society to create a Task Force on U.S.-China Policy, which in February 2017 made its first order of business publishing a bipartisan report. Follow how it went viral from the East to West Coasts.


  1. The task force—co-chaired by GPS Research Professor and 21st Century China Center Chair Susan Shirk and Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society—slated a three-city tour to debut its report, "U.S. Policy Toward China: Recommendations for a New Administration."
  2. First stop: Washington, D.C.

  3. The New York Times' David Barboza became the first to break the news of the report, authoring an article ahead of the task force's initial stop in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 7.
  4. In D.C., Shirk, Schell and other task force members swung by the Newseum for a live-streamed conversation on the report itself, plus their expert recommendations for the Trump administration included in it.
  5. Next up: New York

  6. From D.C., Shirk, Schell and other actors headed north for a briefing on the report at the Asia Society in New York on Feb. 8.
  7. Meanwhile, the 21st Center China Center began spreading word on the report on the West Coast.
  8. Final stop: San Diego

  9. A few days later, it was the 21st Century China Center's turn to host a discussion at UC San Diego. Ahead of its event on Feb. 13, Shirk and task force member Winston Lord, former U.S. Ambassador to China (1985-89), connected to discourse Trump and China—a conversation recorded for the center's China 21 podcast.
  10. Shirk also checked in with KPBS News for an interview.
  11. And, timed for the San Diego event, Shirk authored an article on the task force report for Foreign Affairs.