The dynamic growth that has made China the world’s second largest economy has also positioned China as the largest energy producer and consumer on earth, the biggest importer of oil, and the leading burner of coal and generator of greenhouse gases. Together with North America’s concurrent energy boom and low oil prices, these developments have important implications for Sino-American relations, climate change and bilateral energy cooperation. The U.S.-China Energy Track II Dialogue brings together American and Chinese experts from academia, think tanks, and industry for a two-day dialogue exploring how significant climate change and energy developments are altering each country's energy outlook. This dialogue was last held in 2016. 

  • 2016 U.S. - China Track II Energy Dialogue

    April 7, 2016 to April 8, 2016
    New York, NY

    The third round of the U.S.-China Energy Track II Dialogue was last convened in New York City on April 7 and 8, 2016. With generous support from the Starr Foundation and Cornerstone Acquisition & Management Company, LLC, the dialogue brought together 17 American and Chinese experts from academia, think tanks, and industry for off-the-record discussions and a public program on U.S.-China energy cooperation at a time of global energy transition. Together, the group discussed each country’s energy outlook, the global energy market and the geopolitics of energy, and Sino-American cooperation in climate change and energy. A consensus document summarizing dialogue participants’ policy recommendations for strengthening U.S.-China energy cooperation is available here.


    • Chen Weidong, Former Chief Energy Researcher, Energy Economics Institute, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC); Chairman, DFS Energy Consultant (Beijing), Ltd.
    • Guo Sujian, Professor and Director, Environmental & Energy Policy Center, Zhejiang University
    • Jin Canrong, Associate Dean, School of International Studies, Renmin University
    • Liu Yadong, Director, China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) U.S.; General Manager, CEFC Global Strategic Investment Holdings
    • Xu Xiaojie, Director, World Energy Division, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
    • Yu Hongyuan, Professor and Deputy Director, Institute for Comparative Politics & Public Policy, Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS)
    • Zhu Dajian, Director, Institute of Sustainable Development and Management, Tongji University
    • Zhuang Jianzhong, Deputy Director, CEFC International Center;  Deputy Director, International Energy Research Center
    • Howard Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
    • Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    • Joanna I. Lewis, Associate Professor, Science, Technology and International Affairs, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Faculty Affiliate, China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Damien Ma, Fellow and Associate Director, Think Tank, Paulson Institute
    • Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
    • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, and former U.S. Under Secretary of Energy (Acting)
    • Meghan O’Sullivan, Professor, Practice of International Affairs;  Director, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Ernie Thrasher, Chief Executive Officer, Xcoal Energy & Resources LLC
    • Anthony Yuen, Director, Global Energy Strategist, Commodities, Citi Research


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