Which graduate school were you attending when you participated in FPC?

I was pursuing a Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where I specialized in China Studies and International Economics.

What are you doing now?

After FPC, I continued my journey with the National Committee as an intern. Currently, I am a research assistant to Public Intellectuals Program fellow Aynne Kokas at the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

What are your future plans?

I plan to acquire skills and gain thenecessary experience to become a “trap-solver.” If I am successful, my expectation is that, domestically, China can escape the middle-income trap and the Tacitus Trap, and that, internationally, the U.S. and China can avoid the Thucydides Trap and the Kindleberger Trap. This is ambitious indeed, but when it comes to future plans, “No dream is too big and no dreamer too small.”

How did FPC impact you?

FPC encouraged me to join a conversation without preconceptions and put my faith in transforming differences into consensus through informed and reasoned dialogues. FPC also cultivated my curiosity to explore the ways in which U.S.-China people-to-people exchange and communication can be facilitated. It is in this sense that I am very glad to have worked with everyone at the National Committee in support of its various flagship programs and special events.

What was your favorite part of FPC?

The trivia contest was my favorite part of FPC. It is also worth mentioning that Ambassador Cui Tiankai gave a wonderful speech to the FPC participants during the reception at the Chinese Embassy.

Why should current Chinese graduate students attend FPC?

I would recommend FPC to Chinese graduate students who wish to engage with policymakers and scholar practitioners to better understand how U.S. foreign policy is made in the real world. FPC is also a great opportunity to make lifelong friends and learn about the National Committee’s pivotal role in Ping-Pong Diplomacy, something I should have known earlier as a China Studies major but, exasperatingly, overlooked prior to attending FPC. Having said that, I am confident that students will find FPC worthwhile and discover their very own “unknown unknowns” along the way.

U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

The U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium is an exclusive four-day program designed to provide 75 of the best and brightest Chinese graduate students studying at colleges and universities from across the United States a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complex forces that shape American foreign policy and inform the U.S.-China relationship. The 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium will be held from May 28 to May 31. The application will go live on this page in mid-March.

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