For over eight years, the U.S.-China Track II Economic Dialogue has brought together leading Chinese and American economists, economic thinkers and business leaders for a day and a half of off-the-record discussions on important issues related to bilateral economic relations and the global economic system.

Participants in the dialogue engage in lively, sophisticated, and candid discussions that touch on a broad range of subjects, including the macroeconomic trends in China and the United States, each country’s reform initiatives, trade and investment relations, medium- to longer-term growth prospects, and collaborative pathways to build trust and improve U.S.-China economic relations.

At the conclusion of each session of this track II dialogue, the expert participants pen a consensus agreement, laying out a set of principles and policies to which the two countries should adhere in managing their economic relations. The National Committee shares this document with relevant agencies and offices in both governments.

For every dialogue based in the United States, upon conclusion of the talks, the Chinese delegation travels to Washington, D.C., for a day of high-level meetings with American officials at the Department of State, the National Security Council, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce, among others. These meetings are an opportunity for each side to discuss developments in economic conditions and policy directions in both countries, as well as government-to-government relations. 

The most recent round of the U.S.-China Track II Economic Dialogue was held in New York City on January 8, 2018, in partnership once again with the China Center for Economic Research (CCER), a think tank within Peking University. The meeting occurred at a key moment in the evolution of Sino-American economic relations. The group discussed the current administration’s trade policies, prospects for bilateral direct investment, the direction of China’s economy following the 19th Party Congress, the Belt and Road Initiative, and necessary structural adjustments within both economies. The next dialogue will take place in Beijing during the summer of 2018.

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