Less than a week after the informal summit of President Obama and President Xi at Sunnylands in California, the Aspen Strategy Group and the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China convened the inaugural U.S.-China Track II 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.