David Lampton

David Lampton

David M. Lampton is Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Centre, former dean of faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and former president of the National Committee on US-China Relations. His most recent book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, was recently reissued in its second edition.

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Opinion | Under Biden, America’s China policy will be tough without being recklessly provocative

US-China relations will remain difficult given widespread US antagonism towards China. But the relationship will be better managed – Biden will be less inclined to use America’s China policy as a prop to further a domestic agenda.

US-China relations will remain difficult given widespread US antagonism towards China. But the relationship will be better managed – Biden will be less inclined to use America’s China policy as a prop to further a domestic agenda.

10 Nov 2020 - 5:37AM
Opinion | Donald Trump’s ending of Fulbright programme will only hurt Hong Kong and erode US cultural influence

The inexplicable decision is just the latest in a sequence of self-defeating moves that will weaken America’s global cultural and educational influence.

The inexplicable decision is just the latest in a sequence of self-defeating moves that will weaken America’s global cultural and educational influence.

29 Jul 2020 - 4:06AM
Opinion | US’ Taipei Act is a needless provocation aimed at China, even if unintended

Its unanimous passage in Congress and a study of the Act’s provisions make clear the legislation is largely symbolic. But will Beijing see it as such?

Its unanimous passage in Congress and a study of the Act’s provisions make clear the legislation is largely symbolic. But will Beijing see it as such?

14 Apr 2020 - 9:40AM
Opinion | How to prevent US-China rivalry from turning Southeast Asia into a conflict zone

Both powers need to publicly agree on anti-hegemony, settle on ‘rules of the road’, particularly in the South China Sea, and start discussing arms control. Beijing and Washington must not sleepwalk into war, or force Southeast Asia to choose sides.

Both powers need to publicly agree on anti-hegemony, settle on ‘rules of the road’, particularly in the South China Sea, and start discussing arms control. Beijing and Washington must not sleepwalk into war, or force Southeast Asia to choose sides.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:07PM
Opinion | China will be a key plank in Trump’s re-election platform. Will the Democrats try to beat him at his own game?

A survey of the Trump Twitter Archives reveals just how unsound and economically ignorant the US president’s China pitch is. Yet, many US voters buy it. In the coming election, candidates will have to outdo him or try something different.

A survey of the Trump Twitter Archives reveals just how unsound and economically ignorant the US president’s China pitch is. Yet, many US voters buy it. In the coming election, candidates will have to outdo him or try something different.

23 Dec 2019 - 3:00AM
Opinion | The US has a role to play in the escalating Hong Kong crisis – as a moderating force

Washington is not the ‘black hand’ Beijing believes it to be. But neither should it wash its hands of the crisis, as Trump has apparently done. However limited its role, the US should be urging restraint on all sides and highlighting the credible repercussions beyond Hong Kong of any crackdown on the protests.

Washington is not the ‘black hand’ Beijing believes it to be. But neither should it wash its hands of the crisis, as Trump has apparently done. However limited its role, the US should be urging restraint on all sides and highlighting the credible repercussions beyond Hong Kong of any crackdown on the protests.

14 Aug 2019 - 3:26AM
When Trump visits China, avoiding the worst may be the best we can hope for

The flaws of the Trump presidency will show in the anticipated meeting with his powerful and astute Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and major issues of contention are unlikely to be resolved

The flaws of the Trump presidency will show in the anticipated meeting with his powerful and astute Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and major issues of contention are unlikely to be resolved

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
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20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
8 Jun 2015 - 9:00PM
How will Xi Jinping measure up to the Deng Xiaoping yardstick?

Deng Xiaoping cast a long shadow. How can we understand his legacy in ways that inform our assessment of Xi Jinping, without reaching premature closure on Xi's still developing record?

Deng Xiaoping cast a long shadow. How can we understand his legacy in ways that inform our assessment of Xi Jinping, without reaching premature closure on Xi's still developing record?

22 Aug 2014 - 3:30AM
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