On November 19, 2015, the Carter Center hosted the 4th Forum on U.S.-China Relations in partnership with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). The closed door forum included scholars, journalists, business leaders, sponsors, and government officials from both the People’s Republic of China and the United States.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter spoke during the opening session about his experience establishing diplomatic relations with China during his presidency, and how important the U.S..-China relationship continues to be. Other speakers during the opening session included: Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, CEO of the Carter Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh; Madame Li Xiaolin, President of CPAFFC; Ambassador Li Qiangmin, current Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston and former PRC ambassador to Zambia and the Republic of Uganda; Susan Thornton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Wu Xi, Charge d’affaires of the People’s Republic of China’s Embassy to the United States.

The forum included four panels: The Future of “Strategic Trust” After the U.S. Leadership Change, Can Economic Ties Sustain Productive Bilateral Relations?, Does People-to-People Diplomacy Reduce Sino-American Tensions?, and Sources of Disruption in Bilateral Relations over the Next Five Years & Approaches to Constructive Response.

The co-sponsors of the forum were the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation and the Humanist Association of Guangdong.

The closed-door forum allowed experts from different disciplines to engage in candid conversation about the U.S.-China relationship. The Carter Center hosts these kinds of dialogues to reduce misconceptions between the two countries, and facilitate further cooperation. The forum concluded with great success.

Participants from China:

  • CHU Shulong, Professor, School of Public Administration, Tsinghua University
  • DA Wei, Director and Research Professor, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations
  • FENG Xi, Senior Vice President, Horizon Research Consultancy Group
  • JIA Qingguo, Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University
  • PANG Zhongying, Dean, School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University
  • SHEN Dingli, Associate Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
  • XU Hui, Associate Dean, College of Defense Studies, National Defense University
  • YANG Rui, Anchor, “Dialogue,” CCTV

 

Participants from the U.S.:

  • Terry ADAMSON, Vice President, National Geographic Society
  • Mary Brown BULLOCK, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University, retired
  • Bob DAVIS, Senior Editor, the Wall Street Journal
  • Elizabeth C. ECONOMY, C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Paul HAENLE, Director, Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
  • Cheng LI, Director, John L. Thornton Center for China Studies, The Brookings Institution
  • Robert A. KAPP, President, Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc. (former President, US-China Business Council)
  • Phil MIDLAND, President, Strategic Renaissance 21
  • Rick NIU, President & CEO, Starr Strategic Partners, LLC
  • Evan OSNOS, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Shelley RIGGER, Professor, Davidson College
  • Robert ROSS, Professor, Boston College
  • Susan SHIRK, Chair & Professor, 21st Century China Program, The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UC San Diego
The Carter Center, founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1982, has worked for the past 30 years to foster mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and China. President Carter’s reputation as the American leader who established diplomatic ties with China in 1979 has allowed the Center a unique and unparalleled role in bringing the two countries closer together. Since 1996, the Center has provided assistance in a variety of sectors in Chinese society, ranging from training special education teachers to advancing government accountability, and has become one of the most well-known American organizations in China. 卡特中心是美国前总统吉米·卡特和其夫人罗莎琳于1982年建立的。过去30年间,该中心促进了中美两国人民之间的相互了解。卡特总统于1979年作为美国总统与中国建交,这为拉近两国距离起到了无与伦比的作用。自1996年以来,卡特中心为中国社会各个领域提供支持, 包括为特殊教育教师提供培训以及推进政府问责制,并成为在中国最有声望的美国公益组织之一。
On Nov. 18-19, 2015, The Carter Center will host a forum on U.S.-China relations at its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. As the fourth event of a budding project on improving U.S.-China relations, the forum marks the Center’s renewed commitment to engaging China in partnership with U.S. businesses and academic institutions. President Carter will speak at the event. 2015年11月18-19日,卡特中心将在其位于美国佐治亚州亚特兰大市的总部举办中美关系论坛。中国将与美国企业和学术机构建立合作伙伴关系。作为改善中美关系萌芽项目的第四个活动,此次论坛则标志着卡特中心为改善中美关系所作出的重要承诺。卡特总统将在活动上发表讲话 。
Many renowned scholars and practitioners in international affairs in the U.S. and China have agreed to participate in this year’s forum. Featured speakers from the U.S. include Mr. Phil Midland of SR21; Dr. Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations; X. Rick Niu of Starr Companies; and Dr. Robert Kapp, who previously served as president of the U.S.-China Business Council. Madam Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, will lead a high-level Chinese delegation to attend the forum. Ambassador Li Qiangmin, Consul-general of the PRC Consulate in Houston; Dr. Shen Dingli, professor and associate dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies; and Dr. Pang Zhongying, dean and a distinguished professor at the School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University also have accepted invitations to present. 许多中美两国的著名国际事务专家、学者也将参与此次论坛。本次论坛的主讲人包括来自美国SR21的菲尔米德兰先生(Phil Midland)、外交关系委员会的易名博士(Elizabeth Economy)、斯塔尔公司的钮小鹏(X. Rick Niu )、美中贸易全国委员会前主席柯白博士(Robert Kapp)。中国人民对外友好协会会长李小林女士也将作为中方高层代表出席此次论坛。此外,中国驻休斯敦总领事李强民,复旦大学特聘教授、国际问题研究院副院长沈丁立博士,和中山大学国际关系学院院长兼国际问题研究院院长庞中英博士也将参与此次论坛。
The event on Thursday, November 19, will be held at The Carter Center and will feature President Carter and other prominent leaders and scholars from China and the United States as panelists. The forum will build on the Carter Center’s sustained project on U.S.-China relations that focuses on four areas: 1) The Future of “Strategic Trust” After the U.S. Leadership Change, 2) Can Economic Ties Sustain Productive Bilateral Relations?, 3) Does People-to-People Diplomacy Reduce Sino-American Tensions?, and 4) Sources of Disruption in Bilateral Relations over the Next Five Years, And Approaches to Constructive Response. These themes will be explored and discussed with forum participants and help guide the Center’s work in China in the coming years. 本次论坛将于11月19日星期四在卡特中心举行。卡特总统及中美商界、学界领导将作为嘉宾参与专题研讨。卡特中心还将在此次论坛上正式启动其中美关系项目。中美关系项目的四个主要侧重点如下:1.美国大选后“战略性互信”的未来, 2.经济纽带能否维系良好的双边关系?, 3.民间外交能否缓和中美紧张关系?,与 4.未来五年破坏双边关系的因素及建设性对策探讨。这些想法将在论坛上作为讨论者的讨论议题,以期指导卡特中心在未来几年的工作。
If you would like more information on the forum, please do not hesitate to contact Joshua Owens, fall intern with the China Program at joshua.owens@cartercenter.org. 如果您想了解更多有关中美关系论坛的信息,欢迎发邮件至joshua.owens@cartercenter.org,卡特中心中国项目部项目秋季实习生欧嘉旭。
President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter

President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, and his wife Rosalynn have devoted their lives to Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, and Building Hope. During his administration, Pres. Carter accomplished the Panama Canal Treaties, Camp David Accords (which brought peace to Egypt and Israel), the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and established U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. After their time in the White House, the Carters founded the Carter Center in 1982 to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease and other afflictions. The Carter Center has engaged in conflict mediation in dozens of countries and has sent one hundred election-observation missions to the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Pres. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002. Mrs. Carter has become a leading advocate for mental health, creating and chairing the Carter Center’s Mental Health Task Force. Besides being active in Carter Center activities, the Carters volunteer one week a year for Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps needy people in the United States and in other countries renovate and build homes for themselves. Together, the Carters have published over 30 books. They currently reside in Plains, GA, where they both grew up.

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters joined the Carter Center as its chief executive officer on September 2, 2014. She has served as provost of the U.S. Naval War College, dean of academics at the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, as well as the associate director for international liaison at the Marshall Center. Beginning in 1975, Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, during which time she served in Germany, Burma, Bulgaria, Russia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. From 2000 to 2003, she was U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh. She holds a BA from Santa Clara University and an MIS from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Her formal education also included courses at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security.

Ambassador Li Qiangmin

Ambassador Li Qiangmin

Ambassador Li Qiangmin is the 13th and current Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. He assumed the office as of May 2014. Consul General Li is a senior diplomat with extensive international experiences. His most recent portfolio was the Special Envoy to the China-Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue from 2011 to 2014. His previous diplomatic portfolios include Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia from 2007 to 2011, Chinese Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda from 2001 to 2004, and Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the State of Israel in 2001. He also served as Deputy Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of Chinese Foreign Ministry from 2004 to 2007. Consul General Li has considerable expertise in economic and trade affairs. He served 10 years, from 1991 to 2001, as Director and Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Department and the Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission of China’s Hunan Province. He graduated from Central South University in 1981 and obtained his MBA from the Research Institute for Management Science in the Netherlands in 1988. He was born in May 1957. He and his wife have a daughter.

Li Xiaolin

Li Xiaolin

Li Xiaolin is president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). Before becoming president of the CPAFFC, she was the director of the Division of U.S. Affairs. She earned her bachelor’s in English at Wuhan University and her master’s at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2003, Li was elected to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Jordan Ryan

Jordan Ryan

Jordan Ryan has served as the vice president for peace programs at The Carter Center since June 2015. Mr. Ryan was named an assistant secretary-general for the United Nations in 2009, serving as assistant administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery until his retirement at the end of September 2014. Mr. Ryan had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations, serving as deputy special representative of the secretary-general and as UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Liberia. He was the UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Vietnam, prior to which he served as deputy director, and then director, of the office of the UNDP administrator in New York. Mr. Ryan holds an MA in international affairs from SIPA, Columbia University; a JD from the National Law Center, George Washington University; and a BA in anthropology from Yale University. He was a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001.

Susan A. Thornton

Susan A. Thornton

Susan A. Thornton was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in July 2014, after serving for three years as Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan. A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ms. Thornton joined the Department of State in 1991, and has spent the last twenty years working on U.S. foreign policy in Eurasia, focused primarily on the countries of the former Soviet Union and East Asia. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Thornton is responsible for policy related to China, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Prior to arriving in Ashgabat, she served as the Law Enforcement Counselor in Moscow. Previous Foreign Service assignments include Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, Economic Unit Chief in the Office of Korean Affairs, and diplomatic postings in Beijing, Chengdu, Yerevan, and Almaty. Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Thornton worked at the Foreign Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where she researched and wrote about Soviet bureaucratic politics and contemporary Russia. She speaks fluent Russian and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Thornton received a MA in International Relations from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Terry Adamson

Terry Adamson

Terry Adamson is the chief legal officer of the National Geographic Society. He is responsible for coordinating and maintaining good relations with governments around the world and in the U.S. Adamson is also responsible for international publishing, including local-language editions of National Geographic magazine and other international publications. Additionally, he oversees National Geographic’s standards & practices, records administration, and internal audit divisions. Prior to joining the National Geographic Society in 1998, Adamson was a partner in the Washington office of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, a New York-based law firm. He was a senior official of the Department of Justice during the Carter administration as special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1977 to 1979, as well as chief spokesman of the Department of Justice from 1978 to 1979. Adamson has been a trustee of the Asia Foundation since 1985 and served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation for more than five years. He has served as a member of the board of trustees and executive committee of the Carter Center in Atlanta since its inception. Adamson holds a law degree with honors from Emory University.

Mary Brown Bullock

Mary Brown Bullock

Dr. Mary Brown Bullock is an educator, scholar and practitioner of U.S.–China relations. She served as Founding Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University from 2012 to 2015. She is president emerita of Agnes Scott College. Previous positions also include Visiting Distinguished Professor of China Studies at Emory University; Director of the Asia Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; and Director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China, National Academy of Science. Mary Bullock is vice-chair of the Asia Foundation, and a director of the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations, Genuine Parts Corporation and a trustee of Agnes Scott College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her most recent publications include The Oil Prince’s Legacy: Rockefeller Philanthropy in China (Stanford, 2011) and Medical Transitions in Twentieth Century China (co-edited, Indiana, 2014). Bullock received her Ph.D. in Chinese history from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott College.

Chu Shulong

Chu Shulong

Dr. Chu Shulong is currently a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the School of Public Policy and Management and is the director of the Institute of International Strategic and Development Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He is also a Professor at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Party School and an advisor to China’s Central Television (CCTV) international reporting, Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Studies of Dalian University of Foreign Languages. He was previously director for the North American Studies Division of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). He was a senior visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-China Relations of New York University in January 2013, at the Brookings Institution in 2006-2007, and the East-West Center in 2001. Dr. Chu’s major areas of research are international relations, US foreign strategy and China policy, the Sino-US relations, and China’s foreign and security strategies. His most recent publications include The Sino-US Relations in the Post-Cold War Era; Basic Theories of International Relations; China’s Foreign Strategy and Policy, and. American Government and Politics (three volumes). Dr. Chu received his Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University.

Da Wei

Da Wei

Dr. Da Wei is the director of the Institute of American Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). Prior to current position, he was the director of the president’s office of CICIR, and CICIR’s representative at Washington D.C. Da Wei’s research interests include China-US relations, American foreign policies and security policy, China’s foreign policy. He has published dozens of academic thesis, book chapters. Da Wei earned his B.A. (Chinese literature) and M.A. (International Relations) degrees from the University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing, and his Ph.D (International Relations) from CICIR. He was a visiting senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States from 2006 to 2007, and a visiting associate at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University from 2008 to 2009.

Bob Davis

Bob Davis

Bob Davis is a senior editor of the Wall Street Journal over economic and other issues in the 2016 presidential campaign. From 2011 through 2014, he covered the Chinese economy from Beijing – and still misses China despite the pollution. Until October 2011, he was international economics correspondent in Washington DC. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Journal’s Latin America bureau chief. From 2002-2004, Mr. Davis was the Washington DC news editor responsible for coverage of economic policy making. In 2001 and 2002 he was the Wall Street Journal’s Brussels bureau chief. In 2000, he was awarded the Raymond Clapper award for Washington reporting for coverage of the White House negotiations with China over the World Trade Organization. A year earlier, he was part of a team of Journal reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the Asian and Russian financial crisis. In 1998, he co-authored “Prosperity,” which was selected by Business Week as one of the year’s 10 best business books.

Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth Economy

Dr. Elizabeth Economy has published widely on both Chinese domestic and foreign policy. She has published books and numerous articles in prominent foreign policy and scholarly journals. Dr. Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation. She is also on the advisory council of Network 20/20 and the science advisory council of the Stockholm Environment Forum. She is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Agenda Council on the United States and served as a member and then vice chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Economy has also served on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Economy received her BA from Swarthmore College, her AM from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan. In 2008, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Vermont Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Feng Xi

Feng Xi

Dr. Feng Xi has served as Senior Vice President of Horizon Research & Consultancy Group and President of hi-GDP (Horizon Institute of Global Development Power) for over a decade. He is President of newly founded Future Business School since January 2015. Dr. Feng worked for US-based Ernst & Young for 5 years from 1997-2001, and worked in the US, Sidney, Singapore, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong as senior consultant and regional manager. He provided consulting services ranging from strategic planning to knowledge management to a large number of multinational companies worldwide. Dr. Feng is a frequent speaker on management related topics to international and domestic firms in China. He is also adjunct professor at Beijing University, Qinghua University, Tongji University, Zhejiang University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. His publications include “Innovative Strategic Planning” (Beijing University Audio-Visual Press, 2005), “The Likeability Factor,”, “Index for Healthy China Business,” “Index for Healthy China Family Firms,” and “Index for Smart Health in China.” Dr. Feng holds a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University, a MBA from the University of Utah, and MA from Xi’an Foreign Languages University.

Paul Haenle

Paul Haenle

Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Qinghua Center based at Qinghua University. Haenle is also an adjunct professor at Tsinghua, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in international relations and global governance. Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party-talks nuclear negotiations. From May 2004 to June 2007, he served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser. Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Haenle received a MA in Asian Studies from Harvard University.

John Hardman

John Hardman

Dr. John Hardman is currently chairman of the board of the Beehive Foundation and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and serves on the board of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). Dr. Hardman previously served as Executive Director of The Carter Center. He began his work at the Center in 1989, when he headed the Initiative to Reduce Global Tobacco Use and was the Center’s representative to the World Health Organization’s Tobacco and Health Program in 1990. He directed the Center’s Mental Health Program from 1991-1993 and became the Center’s associate executive director in February 1992. He was appointed the executive director in December 1992. Dr. Hardman has held faculty appointments in psychiatry and pediatrics at the Emory University Medical School and was the medical director of Peachford Hospital. He also has held prominent positions with professional and community organizations, including serving as president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, president of the Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, president and chairman of Leadership Georgia, and president and chairman of the Atlanta Historical Society. Dr. Hardman received his M.D. from the University of Colorado.

Jia Qingguo

Jia Qingguo

Dr. Jia Qingguo is Professor and Associate Dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University. He has taught in University of Vermont, Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, University of Sydney in Australia as well as Peking University. He was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution between 1985 and 1986, a visiting professor at the University of Vienna in 1997 and a fellow at the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in 2001 and 2002. He is Vice President of the Chinese American Studies Association. He is also a member of Standing Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Standing Committee of the Central Committee of the China Democratic League. He is serving on the editorial board of several international academic journals. He has published extensively on U.S.-China relations, relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, Chinese foreign policy and Chinese politics. Dr. Jia received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

Robert A. Kapp

Robert A. Kapp

Dr. Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at The Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. He also serves as senior China advisor to international law firm K&L Gates. Kapp is chair of the China Committee of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Kapp has served on the China faculties of Rice University and the University of Washington, and headed both the Washington State China Relations Council and Washington Council on International Trade. For ten years he was the president of the U.S.-China Business Council. He holds a doctorate in modern Chinese history from Yale University. He is the author of a scholarly monograph and other published academic research on 20th-century China.

Cheng Li

Cheng Li

Dr. Cheng Li is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li is also a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Congressional US-China Working Group, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform (1997), China’s Leaders: The New Generation (2001), Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-US Educational Exchange (2005), China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy (2008), China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation (2010), The Road to Zhongnanhai: High-Level Leadership Groups on the Eve of the 18th Party Congress (2012, in Chinese), China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives (2014) and Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership (forthcoming). He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press. Li grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985, he came to the United States when he later received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University.

Yawei Liu

Yawei Liu

Dr. Yawei Liu is director of the China Program at The Carter Center and has been a member of numerous Carter Center missions to monitor Chinese village, township, and county People’s Congress deputy elections since 1997. He has written extensively on China’s political developments and grassroots democracy, including three edited book series. He is the founder and editor of the China elections and governance website www.chinaelections.org. Liu is also co-author of the popular Chinese book Obama: The Man Who Will Change America. Liu is adjunct professor of political science at Emory University and associate director of the China Research Center in Atlanta. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Xi’an Foreign Languages Institute in 1982, master’s degree in recent American history from the University of Hawaii in 1989, and doctorate in American political and diplomatic history from Emory University in 1996.

Phil Midland

Phil Midland

Phil Midland is a specialist on China issues with 35 years of direct China experience and continues to work directly in China through his company (IHS International) and non-profit research center Strategic Renaissance 21 (SR21). Mr. Midland served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. During his naval career, he held significant positions as Executive Assistant to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic/Commander-in-Chief U.S. Atlantic Command, Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, and as U.S. Naval Attaché to the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Midland served as advisor/consultant on China over the years to government, corporations and non-government institutes and universities, such as: DoD Office of the Secretary of Defense – Net Assessment; Department of Homeland Security; Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA); Sprint; Bechtel; Johnson & Johnson; LA Dodgers; McCourt Group; Smith Cogeneration; Constellis Group; Nippon RAD (Japan); Kusto Group (Kazakhstan); Caxton Associates; Limestone Capital; Schulze Global Advisors; Pacific Harbor Group (Singapore); Johns Hopkins University; New York University; University of Wisconsin – Madison; Georgetown University; AEI; Vatican and Archdiocese of Washington DC; American Mandarin Society. Mr. Midland holds a MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University and held a Federal Executive Fellowship in International Affairs at Harvard University.

X. Rick Niu

X. Rick Niu

X. Rick Niu is the President and CEO of Starr Strategic Partners, LLC, concurrently serving as Senior Managing Director. He oversees all aspects of Starr’s global capability that meets the investment, risk management and strategic needs of emerging-market investors doing business in the U.S. and around the world, as well as companies and local governments in developed and developing countries seeking international investments that support commercial growth, capital optimization and job creation. Additionally, he serves as Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Starr Property & Casualty Insurance (China) Co., Ltd. He is also actively involved in efforts supporting Starr’s historic commitment to U.S.-China relations. Mr. Niu previously worked at ING Group NV, American International Group, Inc., and China international Trust and Investment Corporation. He has also been featured in or interviewed for the following publications: Best’s Review, Investment News, National Underwriter, The 401(k) Wire, Pensions & Investments, Plan Adviser, Plan Sponsor, National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies, Broker World, Life Insurance Selling, Agent Sales Journal, and California Broker. Mr. Niu received his MBA from Columbia University and attended the INSEAD Insurance/Investment Management Senior Executive Leadership Program in Paris and Singapore.

Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Based in Washington D.C., he writes about foreign affairs and politics. He is the author of “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China,” which won the 2014 National Book award. Based on eight years of living in Beijing, the book traces the rise of the individual in China, and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism. He was the China Correspondent at The New Yorker magazine from 2008 to 2013. He is a contributor to This American Life on public radio, and Frontline, the PBS series. Prior to The New Yorker, he worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He has received the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, and a Mirror Award for profile-writing. Before his appointment in China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq. Osnos received a BA in political science from Harvard University.

Pang Zhongying

Pang Zhongying

Dr. Pang Zhongying is the dean and a distinguished professor at the School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University. He is also professor of International Relations at Renmin University. He taught international relations and directed the Global Studies Institute at Nankai University in China. He worked at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) under China’s MFA and served as a political diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has been with a wide range of public and private bodies interested in interaction between contemporary China and the world. He has held a number of research and teaching posts in the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea, Singapore and Germany including Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington and Guest Professor at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Goethe University, Germany. His current research projects include: the evolution of global maritime orders, the 21st Century concert of powers, and the theory and practice of global governance. Professor Pang has published in dozens of peer reviewed (international) journal papers and refereed articles in English. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Peking University and a MA in International Studies from the University of Warwick.

Shelley Rigger

Shelley Rigger

Dr. Shelley Rigger is a Senior Fellow with FPRI’s Asia Program and a Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. She has been a visiting researcher at National Chengchi University in Taiwan (2005) and a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai (2006). Rigger is the author of two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics: Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2001). She has published articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics, the national identity issue in Taiwan-China relations and related topics. Her current research studies the effects of cross-strait economic interactions on Taiwan people’s perceptions of Mainland China. Her monograph, “Taiwan’s Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics and ‘Taiwan Nationalism’” was published by the East West Center in Washington in November 2006. Dr. Rigger holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University and a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

Robert Ross

Robert Ross

Dr. Robert Ross is Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. He has taught at Columbia University and at the University of Washington and in 1989 was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1994-1995 he was Fulbright Professor at the Chinese Foreign Affairs College, in 2003 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies, Qinghua University, Beijing, and in 2014 was Visiting Scholar, School of International Relations, Peking University. In 2009 he was Visiting Scholar, Institute for Strategy, Royal Danish Defence College. From 2009-2014 he has been Adjunct Professor, Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College. Professor Ross’s research focuses on Chinese security policy and defense policy, East Asian security, and U.S.-China relations. His recent publications include Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics; China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics; and New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy. Dr. Ross received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Shen Dingli

Shen Dingli

Dr. Shen Dingli is a professor and associate dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught international security, U.S.-China relations, China’s foreign and defense policy in China, the US and the “Semester at Sea” Program. His research and publication covers China-US security relations, regional security and international strategy, arms control and nonproliferation, foreign and defense policy of China and the US etc. He is Vice President of Chinese Association of South Asian Studies, Shanghai Association of International Studies, Shanghai Association of American Studies, and Shanghai UN Research Association. Dr. Shen was an Eisenhower Fellow in 1996, and advised in 2002 to then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for his strategic planning of second term. He is on the Global Council of Asia Society, and is appointed by Shanghai Municipality and Hongzhou Municipality as both Shanghai Convention Ambassador and Hongzhou Convention Ambassador. He has co-edited 17 books and published over 2,000 papers and articles worldwide. Dr. Shen received his Ph.D. in physics from Fudan University in 1989 and completed a post-doc in arms control at Princeton University from 1989-1991.

Susan Shirk

Susan Shirk

Dr. Susan Shirk currently serves as the Ho Miu Lam Endowed Chair in China and Pacific Relations at Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS), University of California, San Diego, Director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), and as a professor at UC San Diego. She is also a Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where she assists clients with issues related to East Asia. Dr. Shirk is an expert on Chinese politics and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. She was in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia). Some of Dr. Shirk’s books include China: Fragile Superpower: How China’s Internal Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise (2007), How China Opened Its Door: The Political Success of the PRC’s Foreign Trade and Investment Reform (1994), The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China (1993), and The Challenge of China and Japan: Politics and Development in East Asia (1985). Dr. Shirk received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Xu Hui

Xu Hui

Dr. Xu Hui is a Ph.D. Sr. Colonel and Deputy Dean for Academics, College of Defense Studies of National Defense University, China. He also holds the posts as Deputy Secretary of the Association of World Military Studies of China, and Standing Councilor of the China Association of American Studies, the Editor in Chief of Defense Forum, guest professor at the National Academy of Administration and the China-Europe International Business School. He has received many rewards from the Chinese government for his excellent academic and policy contributions. With a certain degree of working experiences in the field with the Chinese Army and Navy, he has been involved in teaching and research in the area of Sino-American Relations and Asia-pacific Security, China’s Defense policy and Military Strategy, and Crisis Management in the National Defense University since 1990s. He recently published International Crisis Management: Theory and Case Studies and National Security and Defense Policy of Foreign Countries in the 21st Century. A graduate of the Military Academy, Army Command and Staff College, National Defense University, he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2003 and was a visiting fellow at George Washington University in 2004.

Yang Rui

Yang Rui

Yang Rui currently works for CCTV-News, an English channel of China Central Television. He previously worked for China National Radio as assistant editor for world news. He joined CCTV in 1988 and soon became the co-host of Focus, CCTV’s first current-affairs magazine show in English. He is the producer and anchor of the 30-minute current-affairs talk show called Dialogue. This show enjoys the highest rating on CCTV-News. This program is broadcast each day of the week. As anchor and producer, Yang Rui pursues objective and accurate reporting. He understands the international society and his own mission. He has won many prizes and honors over the past decade. Yang Rui attended Shanghai International Studies University, where he received degrees in American/English Literature and International News.