Featured Programs

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    CHINA Town Hall

    The National Committee is currently seeking local partners to host CHINA Town Hall on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at venues across the United States and Greater China. An interactive webcast with Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, will be preceded or followed by in-person discussions with leading experts on topics of interest to each local community.

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    U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Healthcare

    This new dialogue, established in 2017, examines the effectiveness of the healthcare systems in China and the United States and recommends ways to better measure and manage the delivery and efficiency of healthcare in the two countries.

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    China Briefings for Heads of Government Affairs Offices

    Launched in 2018, this new initiative is designed to provide senior corporate leaders with a more holistic view of China, enabling them to better understand the issues faced by their U.S. and China-based staff; it is also designed to better equip them to engage in internal company discussions vis-à-vis China. The briefings touch on issues not routinely examined in the business world, including China’s domestic politics, foreign relations, rule of law, culture, and society.

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    Schwarzman Scholars Partnership

    A new partnership between the National Committee and the Schwarzman Scholars program engages Schwarzman Scholars at all stages, helping further prepare them for leadership roles in the U.S.-China relationship. Through the partnership, current Schwarzman Scholars, recent graduates, and alumni have opportunities to learn from and engage with policymakers, policy influencers, and leading China experts in the National Committee’s network.

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

Stephen Platt on Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and China's Last Golden Age

Stephen R. Platt discusses his new book and offers a unique perspective on one of the most consequential events in Chinese history. Recorded 7/12/18.

Consul General Kurt W. Tong on Recent Developments in Hong Kong

Consul General Kurt W. Tong of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong reflects on political and economic issues facing the city, and their impact on U.S. policy in the region. Recorded 6/26/18.

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan on George Marshall's Post-WWII Mission in China

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses his new book and the impact of General Marshall’s mission to China on American domestic and foreign policy. Recorded 6/21/18.

Peggy Blumenthal and David Zweig: China's Students in the U.S.

Peggy Blumenthal and David Zweig discuss the impact of Chinese students on American academic institutions and what happens when the students return to China. Recorded 6/4/18.

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