Susan Thornton is a distinguished senior diplomat with extensive experience in Eurasia and East Asia and is currently a senior fellow and research scholar at the Yale University Paul Tsai China Center. Until July 2018, she was acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State under President Trump, where she led East Asia policymaking. Thornton was the architect of the diplomatic pressure campaign on the North Korean regime, structured the administration’s initial approach to China, and developed the administration’s trademark Indo-Pacific Strategy.
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Susan Thornton participates in the Brookings Institution's debate "Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?"
An interview between Susan Thornton and the Wall Street Journal's Gerry Seib.
Susan Thornton argues, "[d]espite the current swirl of breathless pronouncements, there is not and will not be a 'new Cold War' with China."
"Susan Thornton, a former acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, responds to questions in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun."
"Washington and Beijing must strive to build trust through 'consistent and mature communications' to avoid a military mishap amid tensions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, a former senior US diplomat for Asia has warned."