KENNEBUNK –A veteran scholar, researcher and analyst of global affairs will examine deteriorating China-U.S. relations at the Saturday, Jan. 19 meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.

John Doughty will discuss tensions building on the trade front, China’s military expansion into the South China Sea, and key events in Chinese history that may provide clues to future developments in his talk, “Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or Inevitable Armed Conflict?”

Doughty, vice-president of R.M. Davis in Portland, was formerly a senior financial analyst at Bath Iron Works, is a trustee of the Maine Historical Society and currently serves on the boards of directors at World Affairs Council of Maine, and the Camden Conference.

This is the latest in a series of discussions relating to the importance of intelligence in current public affairs. The AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.