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 the opportunity for 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 will be presented, and all proceedings are off the record.

2017: The Global Impact of Domestic Policies

May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017

American and Chinese participants attended the two-day 2017 Strategic Issues Forum at Peking University in Beijing. With a theme of “The Global Impact of Domestic Policies,” the thought-provoking discussions concerned current internal and external pressures on international politics and policies, leadership changes, and geo-strategic challenges both nations face.

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