Global Power Competition: A Conversation with Thought Leaders

Guy Saint-Jacques  

Consultant and Administrator  

Former Canadian Ambassador to China

Guy Saint-Jacques provides strategic advice on China. He sits on the board of directors  of Xebec Adsorption Inc. and of the Foundation of the Montreal Clinical Research Institute. He is a Fellow of the China Institute of the University of Alberta, the  Institute of International Studies of Montreal and the C.D. Howe Institute. In addition,  he is the Honorary Chairman of the Canada-China SME Group and of the China Policy Centre in Ottawa, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Quebec Section of the Canada-China Business Council.  

Previously, Mr. Saint-Jacques worked for Global Affairs Canada for nearly forty years,  serving in Kinshasa, Hong Kong, Beijing, Washington, DC and London. He has served as  Deputy High Commissioner in London and as Deputy Head of Mission in Washington. In  Ottawa, among other things, he has worked in the divisions dealing with Science and  Technology and Energy and Environment, in the Associate Deputy Minister’s Office and  has been Director of Assignments and Director General of Personnel Management. In  addition, Mr. Saint-Jacques was Canada’s Chief Negotiator and Climate Change  Ambassador from 2010 to 2012 and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in  the People’s Republic of China from 2012 to 2016. Mr. Saint-Jacques speaks Mandarin fluently.

Robert Daly

Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars


Robert Daly directs the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center. Before coming to the Wilson Center he was director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland and American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.  He began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat, serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 80s and early 90s. After leaving the Foreign Service, he taught Chinese at Cornell University, worked on television (北京人在纽约) and theater projects in China as a host, actor, and writer, and helped produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children’s Television Workshop programs. His commentary is regularly featured on NPR, C-Span, the Voice of America, and global television stations. Mr. Daly has testified before Congress and has lectured at hundreds of Chinese and American institutions.  He has lived in China for 12 years and has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter. 

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