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    U.S.-China Track II Economic Dialogue

    In January 2019, leading American and Chinese economists as well as business leaders met in New York City at a pivotal moment in the U.S.-China trade talks, to discuss the economic outlook for 2019 in each country; the Trump administration’s trade policies; prospects for a trade deal; technology competition and intellectual property issues; possible structural adjustments and changes in China’s economy; and directions for reform with respect to globalization and international organizations such as the World Trade Organization.

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    U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on the Rule of Law & Human Rights

    In December 2018, experts from the American and Chinese governments, the legal field, and academia convened in Beijing to discuss important and timely issues, ranging from safeguarding human rights, including China’s governance in Xinjiang and U.S. immigration law, to government supervision and accountability, and legal protections for specific groups. The Americans also visited the Supreme People's Court, where they met with President Zhou Qiang, and observed a "virtual" civil trial at the Beijing Internet Court.

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    Public Intellectuals Program

    The National Committee is pleased to announce the sixth round of fellows in its Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), which is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy community.

Historic Firsts

  • In April 1972, the National Committee made history by hosting the Chinese Table Tennis Team in round two of what became widely known as Ping Pong Diplomacy. The watershed visit — the first-ever of a delegation from the People's Republic of China to the United States — set the Committee on its path of becoming the pre-eminent exchange organization between the United States and China.

  • Eight months after the Chinese ping pong team visited the United States, the National Committee made history again by hosting the first performing arts company from the People's Republic of China — the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe — for a four-week, four-city tour.

  • In September 1973, the National Committee helped facilitate the Philadelphia Orchestra's historic trip to China, paving the way for other American orchestras. The Boston Symphony followed in 1979.

  • Following a cooling of relations in the early 1990s, the National Committee revitalized the U.S.-China military dialogue, sending a group of retired four-star generals and admirals to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in 1994 and 1996. Since then, the success of this program has continued to foster constructive exchange, in addition to inspiring other programs like the U.S.-China Strategic Security Dialogue.

  • The National Committee brought the first group of Chinese mayors and deputy mayors to U.S. soil in September, 1978. Led by Beijing Deputy Mayor Zhao Pengfei and Shanghai Deputy Mayor Yen Yumin, the 19-member delegation also included city planners, architects, and engineers. The visit was the first of approximately 50 exchanges the Committee has sponsored in the area of municipal and state/provincial management and planning.

Featured Videos

Nicholas Lardy on The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China?

Dr. Nicholas R. Lardy draws upon new data to trace the impact of revived state control over China’s economy, and prospects for future growth. Recorded 3/8/19.

Weijian Shan: Out of the Gobi

Dr. Weijian Shan recounts his life story in an extraordinary new memoir. Recorded 1/28/19.

Kelly Sims Gallagher: Titans of the Climate

Kelly Sims Gallagher examines and compares how the United States and China design and implement policies to combat climate change. Recorded 1/24/19.

Reforms to Expect in China in 2019 and Beyond

An expert panel discusses the future of China's economic reform. Recorded 1/10/19.

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