In June 2012, Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, delivered a speech at a colloquium on Chinese-U.S. Relations at an event sponsored by the China Energy Fund Committee in Hong Kong.
Inman spoke on the critical issues affecting global economic prosperity and the stability of relations between the two powers. He stressed the need for engagement to sustain the economic growth of our countries and the rest of the world.
“We live with very different political systems, but we live with intertwined economies on a scale that I do not believe has been seen in human history,” said Inman.
Citing six decades of experience promoting U.S. national security and economic prosperity, Inman’s speech covered a variety of topics critical to the future of U.S. relations with the rest of the world, from the need to prevent Iran from interrupting the flow of energy sources to the need to strengthen intellectual property laws in China. In discussing his perspective on core U.S. international interests, Inman encouraged Chinese policymakers to consider long-term efforts to enhance dialogue and cooperation with the United States.