More than any other factor, our relationship with China will dictate America's long-term prosperity.
After more than a decade of intimate economic relations, China and the United States have become deeply intertwined. Karabell maintains that while neither country is fully at ease with this partnership, the occasional tension over intellectual property, human rights, and regional strategy pales in comparison to the deepening and on-going economic bonds that tie the two countries together.
That's the thesis historian Zachary Karabell offers in The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong About U.S.-China Relations on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
In a world where growth is challenged, China and the United States are powering ahead, in no small measure because of each other. It may be a marriage of convenience, but Karabell argues it is a relationship that serves the needs of both while providing a foundation for a global economy that has seen a challenging few years.
Karabell - who in May, 2012, spoke on President Chester Alan Arthur as part of the Library's Hail to the Chiefs series -- sits on the board of the World Policy Institute and the New America Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is a regular commentator on national news programs and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other publications. Among his books are Superfusion: How China and America Became One, A Visionary Nation: Four Centuries of American Dreams and What Lies Ahead, The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election
and Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Coexistence.
The event is co-sponsored by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation and the Kansas City Chinese American Association.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.