Fifty Schwarzman Scholars alumni from around the globe came together in Palo Alto to participate in a seminar exploring the role of technology in the U.S.-China relationship. Designed as a deep dive into Silicon Valley, the program included site visits to Google, Suning USA R&D Center, and, an autonomous vehicle company. Over the course of the weekend, alumni heard from expert speakers including NCUSCR Director Jerry Yang, co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo!; Liu Zhen, senior vice president of ByteDance; and Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital. Throughout the seminar, participants engaged in nuanced discussions on Chinese technological development, artificial intelligence, technology ethics, and the future of the bilateral relationship.

Alum Ricky Altieri reflects on his experience at the seminar:

"As someone who works in U.S.-China commercial relations and especially on tech policy issues, I was thrilled to hear from people at the forefront of these fields, and I left with fresh perspectives. Equally valuable, for me, was the chance to see old friends – and watch them get to know each other as well."

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Established in 2017, 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.

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