The G2 – China and the U.S. Saving Face for the G20

Media Briefing

November 11, 2010

WHAT:   It should now be patently obvious that currencies and financial and trade imbalances are the most intractable issues for the G20.  They affect the future health and stability of the world economy, but powerful national interests are at stake.  The crux for the Summit now is whether the G2 – China and the U.S. – will allow the G20 to save face here in Asia.  Amid this scenario, an agreement on the currency imbalance will be reached; we explain why. 

WHO:  Gregory Chin is a Senior Fellow at CIGI, a Faculty Associate of the York Centre for Asian Research.  He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University, where he teaches global politics and East Asian political economy. Prior to joining York University in 2006, Dr. Chin served as a diplomat in the Canadian Embassy in China, responsible for Canadian foreign aid to China and North Korea.

WHEN:   3:45 p.m. Thursday, November 11, 2010

WHERE:  CIGI is located in Hall A of the Media Centre, near the link to Hall B.  Look for the CIGI floor sign (near the Supply Rental Services kiosk). 

INTERVIEW REQUESTS:   Contact CIGI Senior Director of Communications, Fred Kuntz, by email at [email protected]  Gregory Chin is available at the Media Centre throughout the G20 Summit.

 ABOUT CIGI:  CIGI is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance challenges based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements.    See

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