February 2016 e-Newsletter

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Kicking Off Our 50th Anniversary Celebration

Leaders Speak: Defense Secretaries
Harold Brown, William S. Cohen, Chuck Hagel, and William Perry (via video) reflect on their tenures at DoD and offer their perspectives on the future of the U.S.-China security relationship, discussing cross-strait relations, the South China Sea, and North Korea, among other topics. Stay tuned for the next Leaders Speak event in NYC this spring, featuring former treasury secretaries.

Watch the video >> | View photos >> | More on this event >> | More on our 50th >>

Reunion Plans Underway
We're reconnecting with friends old and new at a reunion for our program alumni in Washington, D.C. on June 27. If you’ve taken part in one (or more!) of our programs over the past 50 years – from climbing the Great Wall to meeting with key Chinese leaders, or participating in conferences and seminars – we would love to see you there. Please complete a short survey so that we can keep you updated. If you are in touch with fellow program participants, we ask that you forward the invitation to them. The more the merrier!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
NCUSCR, New York City

John Birch, China, and the Cold War
Join Terry Lautz, a longtime scholar of U.S.-China relations, as he discusses the extraordinary life and times of John Birch, an American missionary-turned-soldier in China. Birch became a polarizing figure in the United States following his violent death just days after Japan's surrender.

Thursday, February 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Dorsey & Whitney, New York City

Will Africa Feed China?
Join us for the first in our China and the World series as Deborah Bräutigam, a leading expert on Sino-African affairs, examines Chinese agricultural investment in Africa and state-sponsored land acquisition throughout the continent.
Save the Date! More Upcoming Events in New York City
March 8   Mei Fong on the one child policy
March 15   Elanah Uretsky on the Occupational Hazards of doing business in China
April 5   Mark Clifford on China's environmental plans
April 14   John Garver on the history of the PRC's foreign relations

Stay tuned for more information.

Economists Gather for Track II Dialogue & Forecast

Finding Common Ground
Chinese and American economic thinkers gathered in New York last month for the Committee's bi-annual Track II Economic Dialogue. The participants' consensus included the recommendation that both governments speed up negotiations for a Bilateral Investment Treaty and a possible Free Trade Agreement.

Read the consensus (PDF) >> | More on this program >>


Forecast of China's Economy for 2016
Following the closed-door Dialogue, Chinese participants – leading economists from Peking University's China Center for Economic Research – made their predictions for China's economy in 2016.

Watch the videos and view the presentations >>

More News

Program for Emerging NGO Leaders: Application Opens February 15
We will soon be accepting applications for the Fall 2016 iteration of the Committee’s Professional Fellows Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the program is a two-way exchange for emerging NGO leaders in China, Mongolia, and the United States working in the fields of environment, legal aid, philanthropy, and community-building among marginalized populations.

Know any English-proficient emerging NGO leaders in China or Mongolia between 25 and 40 years of age? Direct them to our
 website and program application >>

Media Library

Teleconference on the 2016 Taiwan Election
Douglas Paal and Shelley Rigger, two of America's leading experts on Taiwan, reflect on the significance of the DPP's overwhelming victory, and offer their insight on the future of the 'One China' policy and the likely impact Tsai Ing-wen's administration will have on U.S. relations with both Taiwan and the mainland.

Listen to the podcast >> | More on this program >>
China's Internet and Social Media Culture
Jeremy Goldkorn, founder of Danwei and co-host of the Sinica podcast, discusses developments in China’s Internet and social media culture, the founding of Danwei, and his long-time interest in China.

Listen to the podcast >>
"Managing Relations Between Two Big Powers"
David M. Lampton, director of the China Studies Program at SAIS, delivers the 2015 Barnett-Oksenberg Lecture on Sino-American Relations.

Listen to the podcast (NEW) >> | Watch the video >>

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