2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

The Implications of the 1999 U.S. Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade on Contemporary Sino-American Relations: A Theoretical Analysis

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Altin Kukaj, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

History and International Relations

Location

Lillard 132

Abstract

On May 7, 1999, during NATO's air war against Serbia, a U.S. bomber launched five guided missiles that destroyed a portion of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, killing three Chinese citizens and wounding 20 others, three seriously. Outraged by the incident, Chinese citizens took to the streets and attacked U.S. diplomatic buildings across China, and the Chinese government suspended cooperative endeavors with the U.S. Two decades later, the bombing's impact on contemporary Sino-American relations is alive and well. This project employs international relations theory to analyze how the bombing has positively and negatively shaped this critical bilateral relationship, focusing on the intensifying strategic rivalry, the prospects for cooperation on a range of international issues of importance to both countries, and China's determination to be treated as America's equal on the world stage.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

4-9-2019 3:45 PM

Panel

Reframing Conflict in Global Contexts

Panel Moderator

Jim Marquardt

Field of Study for Presentation

History, International Relations

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Apr 9th, 2:30 PM Apr 9th, 3:45 PM

The Implications of the 1999 U.S. Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade on Contemporary Sino-American Relations: A Theoretical Analysis

Lillard 132

On May 7, 1999, during NATO's air war against Serbia, a U.S. bomber launched five guided missiles that destroyed a portion of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, killing three Chinese citizens and wounding 20 others, three seriously. Outraged by the incident, Chinese citizens took to the streets and attacked U.S. diplomatic buildings across China, and the Chinese government suspended cooperative endeavors with the U.S. Two decades later, the bombing's impact on contemporary Sino-American relations is alive and well. This project employs international relations theory to analyze how the bombing has positively and negatively shaped this critical bilateral relationship, focusing on the intensifying strategic rivalry, the prospects for cooperation on a range of international issues of importance to both countries, and China's determination to be treated as America's equal on the world stage.