U.S.-China Relations | Admiral Bill Owens | Jul 28


There’s not a more timely program.

Washington and Beijing are doubling down on conflicts in an already troublesome relationship. Consulates in Houston and Chengdu have been ordered shut. Secretary Pompeo traveled to the Nixon library to deliver an address on America’s future approach, “Today China is increasingly authoritarian at home, and more aggressive in its hostility to freedom everywhere else.”

With the backdrop of increased hostility between the two dominant global powers we present four-star Admiral Bill Owens at this week’s Tuesday evening Global Dialogue Webinar.

In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Owens is author of “China-US 2039: The Endgame?,” and supported over ten years of dialogues between the most senior retired officers in the United States and Chinese militaries. 

Admiral Owens is an important voice in the discussion of US-China relations and your World Affairs Council has him for you on Tuesday at 7pm. Join John Scannapieco and Patrick Ryan in a timely and important conversation with Admiral Owens.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council in association with the International Relations Council of Kansas City present

Global Dialogue: International Affairs Speakers Program

United States-People’s Republic of China Relations

Admiral William Owens, US Navy (Retired)

Former Vice Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

And Moderator

John Scannapieco

Baker-Donelson Global Business Team Leader

Admiral Bill Owens, East-West Institute board member and former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has released a new book entitled U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame?: Building Trust Over Future Decades. The book examines whether China and the United States are destined for conflict or cooperation by projecting into the next two decades of the bilateral relationship.

Following his retirement from the United States Navy in 1996, Owens has been advancing a constructive U.S-China relationship for decades; he has worked tirelessly to bring together senior retired officers from both China and the United States to discuss issues of critical concerns to both countries.

“U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame?” combines Owens’ considerable military experience, deep knowledge of the inner workings of the national security apparatus and insights from serving in leadership positions in several Fortune 500 companies with the perspectives of senior military officers from both countries.

“Admiral Owens’ observations are focused on helping both the United States and China to avoid likely military competition in the coming decades,” says EWI President and CEO Dr. William J. Parker.

This book provides 12 specific policy recommendations including the following:

  • A Northeast Asia Consultative Permanent organization including China, the U.S., Russia, Japan and South Korea focused on the issues of the Region
  • A Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China
  • A No First Use of Cyber Agreement between the U.S. and China
  • A New Approach to the number one issue between the U.S. and China: Taiwan
  • Discussion and Recommendations about the never-before addressed new world issue of a “transparent large battlefield” realized by both China and the U.S. and the resulting Mutual Assured Destruction which Must be avoided in that new world.

Click here for more information on U.S.-China 2039: The Endgame?: Building Trust Over Future Decades.

About Admiral William Owens

William A. “Bill” Owens was an admiral in the United States Navy and later Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Owens was appointed to vice chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military office in the United States, by Bill Clinton in March 1994. Previously, Owens served as Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet from 1990 to 1992, which includes Operation Desert Storm. He retired in 1996. He also served as the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments, from 1991 to 1993.

Owens was a senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney, and director of the Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of the Navy. In April 2000, Owens co-authored “Lifting the Fog of War” with Edward Offley. After leaving the military, Owens served as an executive or as a member of the board of directors of various companies, including Science Applications International Corporation, Teledesic LLC, and Nortel.

About John Scannapieco

John Scannapieco assists U.S. and foreign clients in connection with the sale or disposition of assets, as well as the negotiation and drafting of distribution, manufacturing, employment and agency agreements throughout the world, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He works with a variety of U.S.-based companies in connection with their business activities in China, Europe, the Americas and Africa. He also advises companies that are contemplating pursuing a China strategy, as well as those companies that are currently doing business in China or with China-based businesses.  Mr. Scannapieco serves as Honorary Consul from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Tennessee. He is a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council and has served as a chairman of the board of the Japan American Society of Tennessee. He also serves as a board member for Tennessee-China Network, Tennessee World Affairs Council and Belmont University Center for International Business. He has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers in International Law.

LCDR Patrick Ryan, USN (Ret) is a native of New York City. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and volunteered for submarine duty. He served aboard nuclear fast attack and ballistic missile boats during the Cold War, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1982 he was commissioned and served aboard a cruiser in the Western Pacific before becoming a Navy Intelligence Officer. Ryan served aboard the carrier Constellation in the Pacific, the Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analysis, and the Intelligence Directorate of U.S. Central Command. Ryan retired from the Navy in 1998 and worked as a consultant on Intelligence Community projects and as the VP/COO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Ryan ran a newsletter publishing business on international affairs from 1999-2016. He founded the Tennessee World Affairs Council in 2007.

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