As the largest developing country and the largest developed country in the world, China and the United States have inescapable obligations for global, political, and strategic stability. The Strategic Issues Forum, held in May at Peking University, provides an opportunity for a small group of young Chinese and Americans from the academic, policy, and media worlds to gather for a free-flowing discussion of global issues that affect contemporary affairs.
Together with the Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IISS) at Peking University, the National Committee selects participants and organizes this unique two-day conference. The conference is not designed to focus on Sino-American relations; instead, the objective is to increase participants’ mutual understanding about areas of common concern, exchange research findings, and discuss current concerns about topical geopolitical issues. The participants from both sides prepare a five-minute introductory “thinkpiece” for one of the six conference sessions, with the expectation that these presentations will spark discussion and debate among the group; no formal academic papers are presented, and all proceedings are off the record.