Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Clockwise from top left; Daniel Rosen, Elizabeth Economy, Graham Allison, Susan Shirk, Andrew Erickson, and Jessica Chen Weiss. Illustrations by Lauren Crow and Kate Copeland. On a cold Friday morning in late November, a group of nearly 30 academics, officials, and analysts — each of whom had spent their entire career working on the U.S.-China relationship — gathered in a nondescript conference room on the campus of Harvard University to discuss two big questions: how did everything go so wrong and how can it be fixed? As Orville Schell — one of the event’s organizers and a kind of dean of the ‘China-watching’ community — said from the podium, “We are all feeling a little triste at the situation in which we find ourselves, because we all, almost everyone in this room it would be fair to say, are children of engagement.” Schell’s tone of melancholy hung over the day. Engagement, with its sense of freshness and optimism, once characterized U.S. and China relations; now the aim, as described by the title of the Harvard-hosted conference, is mere ‘Coexistence.’ (Watch the conference here.) For anyone hoping for a relaSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.