The National Committee convened a U.S.-China Media/Culture Policy Forum in New York City in September 2006 that examined how national and local governments can successfully foster the development of media and cultural industries (defined in China as journalism, publishing, broadcasting, Internet and new media, cultural tourism, and the arts). On the Chinese side, the Forum was attended by a delegation by the Tsinghua Research Center for Cultural Industry, the National Committee’s partner on this project. On the American side, the Forum was attended by a team of American experts drawn from government, media, academia, legal, and NGO communities.
On the days surrounding the Forum, the Committee programmed several related site visits and meetings in both Washington, D.C., and New York for the Chinese delegation. Included in these were the Federal Communications Commission and other government entities, media outlets such as WNYC and the New York Times, and organizations and companies that deal with the performing and visual arts. Taken together with the Forum, these meetings provided information that Chinese policy makers were able draw on in reforming the cultural and media sectors.