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China, Coronavirus and the Coming Global Challenges

  • 15 May 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Online


Virtual Discussion

China, Coronavirus and the Coming Global Challenges


David Rank

Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs


Friday, May 15, 2020 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm


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Talking Points

The coronavirus hit at a time that the world was already struggling to adjust to China's rising economic, political and military strength. How should the United States respond to the challenge China poses, while also dealing with the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic? Beyond those immediate challenge are the larger - and more dangerous - threats of climate change and the possibility that U.S.-China rivalry will lead to military conflict. Join retired State Department Foreign Service Officer David Rank, who served six assignments in greater China - including as the senior American diplomat in that country - during a nearly 30-year career.

About Dave Rank

Dave Rank is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the head of the China practice at The Cohen Group, a global business strategy consultancy and teaches at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He spent 27 years as a State Department Foreign Service Officer, including his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission and, following the 2016 election, as the Charge’ d’Affaires (acting Ambassador) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In addition to six Foreign Service assignments in greater China (three in Beijing, two at the American Institute in Taiwan and one at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai), Dave served at the U.S. embassies in Kabul, Athens, and Port Louis (Mauritius). In Washington, he worked in the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), the State Department Korea desk, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and as a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. In 2015 he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his role in the release of the only American servicemember held by the enemy in Afghanistan. He is also the recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s Sinclaire Award for the study of languages and their related cultures. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, Dari and Greek. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.

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