Amb. Chas Freeman on China

FPA Fellow Sarwar Kashmeris discusses China with Amb. Chas Freeman.


How is U.S. policy for China performing in the real world, to help America navigate these troubled geopolitical times. China seems to be moving into the cockpit to dominate geopolitics in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. And, in India, American objectives of adding India to America's anti-China alliance seem to be imploding before they have even started. Where are U.S. strategists going wrong?

Chas Freeman is a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, ambassador to Saudi Arabia, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, chargé d’affaires a.i. at Bangkok and Beijing, acting US commissioner for refugee affairs, and director of program coordination and development at the U.S. Information Agency. Intriguingly He was the principal American interpreter during the late President Nixon’s path-breaking visit to China in 1972.


Ambassador Freeman is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on statecraft and the editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica article on “diplomacy.”