The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations co-organized a conference with the School of Finance of Renmin University of China in Beijing in July 2006. The conference focused on the changing dynamics between China's central and provincial governments through the lens of fiscal reform. Policy makers, practitioners, and analysts from China and other countries shared comparative perspectives on the balance of power between central and sub-national governments, responsibility for policy mandates and available resources, and reform of government institutions and practices.

Over the course of two days, the conference highlighted relevant current research; presented case studies on specific policy areas; and facilitated discussion on national reform, regional differences, and the applicability of other countries experiences. A summary report of the conference, in both Chinese and English, is available in the Related Documents area of this webpage.

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