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About the U.S.-China Policy Dialogue

U.S.-China Policy Dialogue - Session II (December 2014)

The Aspen Strategy Group and the China Central Party School convened the second U.S.-China Policy Dialogue from December 13–15, 2014 in Beijing, China. The American and Chinese delegations engaged in two days of roundtable discussions on topics including the role that the two countries can play in regions such as Syria, Iran and North Korea, opportunities for cooperation on transnational issues such as cybersecurity, and the evolving regional economic architecture in Asia. The delegations comprised distinguished former government and military officials, diplomats, academic experts, and business leaders. At this second iteration of the U.S.-China Policy Dialogue, the two delegations worked to build consensus and achieve a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as the United States and China define with greater clarity the contours of the bilateral relationship and brainstorm more concrete steps to operationalize the relationship. Aside from the roundtable discussions, delegates heard from several key Chinese government and Communist Party officials, namely Vice Premier Wang Yang, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Fu Ying, Former Chief Negotiation Officer and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Long Yongtu, President of CCPS and member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee Liu Yunshan. At the conclusion of the meeting, several American participants published their afterthoughts: Aspen Strategy Group Co-Chair Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate and David Ignatius in the Washington Post

U.S.-China Policy Dialogue - Session I (June 2013)

Less than a week after the informal summit of President Obama and President Xi at Sunnylands in California, the Aspen Strategy Group and the China Central Party School convened the inaugural U.S. – China Policy Dialogue from June 11-13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The American and Chinese delegations engaged in two days of roundtable discussions on topics including the role that the two countries can play in regional issues like Syria, Iran and North Korea, opportunities for cooperation on transnational issues such as cybersecurity, and the evolving regional economic architecture. The delegations comprised distinguished former government and military officials, diplomats, academic experts, and business leaders. Through candid dialogue, the delegates worked to build consensus and a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as the United States and China construct a new major power relationship. Aside from the roundtable discussions, delegates had the chance to hear from several key U.S. government officials, namely U.S Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns.