The National Committee’s subnational initiatives bring together state and municipal-level officials from across the country who work on China-related issues in the areas of trade and investment, education, culture, agriculture, and development. During this time of heightened tensions in the bilateral relationship, these initiatives seek to educate, foster coordination, and develop best practices among participants.

On November 15-16, 2022 the National Committee co-hosted the 2022 U.S.-China Subnational Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with the University of Michigan’s Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) and the Michigan-China Innovation Center. This was the second Symposium jointly produced by these three organizations; the first such event was held in April 2019.

Designed for U.S. state and municipal-level government officials who work on China, the Symposium connected representatives from more than 25 states with colleagues and China experts from across the country.  Featured speakers included NCUSCR board directors Kenneth Lieberthal and Mary Gallagher, along with PIP fellows Kyle Jaros and Sara Newland, among others.
Throughout the year, the National Committee hosts a series of quarterly virtual practicums on issues relevant to the wide range of China-related work conducted by American officials.  These closed-door conversations connect participants with top-level China experts who brief participants about specific issues and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions and share best practices. 

Officials who are interested in learning more about our next symposium or participating in these ongoing practicums can email us at
In 2023, the National Committee convened a new series of virtual meetings for researchers who are closely following U.S.-China issues in the subnational space.  These closed-door conversations foster connections amongst a small group of academic, think-tank, and nonprofit experts working on subnational issues related to China.

Researchers and scholars who are interested in joining these calls can email us at

These initiatives revive the National Committee’s pioneering work in the municipal and state/provincial governance arena, having been the first organization to conduct exchanges among American and Chinese mayors, governors, sister cities, urban and regional planners, city managers, and transportation specialists. These have included eight delegations of Chinese mayors, beginning with the 1978 Municipal Administrators Delegation – the first group of PRC mayors to visit the United States – as well as a 1990 group led by then Shanghai Mayor Zhu Rongji, and three American municipal leaders delegations going to China; four groups of Chinese governors coming here and two groups of American governors going there; and about twenty exchanges (going both ways) in the area urban planning and management. Additionally, the Committee hosted several delegations from individual provinces such as Henan, Hebei, and Jiangsu that came to the States on informational survey trips.