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Emphasizing global connectivity, retired diplomats discuss U.S.-China relationship

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With a relationship that predates the Revolutionary War, the workings between the world's two largest economies is a difficult one to navigate, according to former Foreign Service Officers that spoke at Texas Tech Monday night.

The American Academy of Diplomats held a conference to explain the historic and modern importance of working with China and encourage dialogue between the world's superpowers.

They focused on audience questions, emphasizing cooperation and clarity in any discussion that involves the complicated issues of national security and trade.

"The objective," retired ambassador Charles Ray said, "is to try to find a way to find some common ground between the two instead of just disagreeing with each other. 'That's not the way we would do it.' We're not Chinese, and they're not American, so they're gonna do it the Chinese way and we're going to do it the American way. and we need to learn to deconflict the two ways rather than bemoan the fact they're different."

Ray has served as a U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Republic of Zimbabwe. He was the first U.S. Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. During his diplomatic career, Ray served at consular posts in Guangzhou and Shenyang, China; and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The panelists also emphasized how connected the world is, saying many disputes worldwide can impact our daily lives. AAD board president Randy Neumann used the OPEC-Russia dispute that crashed stock markets as an example, saying it could lead to layoffs and poor fracking profits in the Permian Basin.

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