From May 5-11, a CCG delegation led by President Wang Huiyao and Executive Secretary-General Miao Lu undertook a series of high-level exchanges in the US with representatives from government, leading think tanks, and the business community. Coming amidst a period of intensified trade talks and tensions between China and the US, these activities formed part of CCG’s ongoing efforts to facilitate bilateral dialogue and mutual understanding through people-to-people diplomacy. This series of exchanges built on foundations laid by the previous CCG delegation visit to the US in October last year.
On May 5, CCG attended the annual summit of the Committee of 100 in Santa Clara, joining committee members and other high-profile figures from politics, business, academia and the media. CCG President Wang Huiyao was invited to speak on a panel on the Belt and Road Initiative, sharing views with fellow discussants including Fan Gang, Director of the National Economic Research Institute, and David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
On May 8 in Washington DC, CCG took part in a special luncheon with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on the theme “Sino-US Trade Frictions from a Chinese perspective.” Wang Huiyao gave the sole address, and along with Miao Lu, discussed how to strengthen Sino-US relations with experts from CFR, other think tanks and universities, government, and leading US companies. This event built on a breakfast meeting hosted by CFR and CCG in New York in October 2017.
Later in the day, CCG met with Asia Society Vice President Wendy Cutler and then paid a visit to the Korean Economic Institute (KEI) to discuss Sino-ROK relations and developments on the Korean Peninsula with senior KEI experts. This was followed by a visit to the Chinese Embassy to the US, where CCG met and shared research findings with leading diplomats from the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs including Minister Zhu Hong.
On May 9, CCG visited the Heritage Foundation (HF) headquarters in Washington, marking the third meeting with this influential organization. CCG had constructive discussion with HF counterparts including Terry Miller, Director of HF’s Center for International Trade and Economics and former US representative on the UN Economic and Social Council, and Senior Policy Analyst Anthony Kim. Both sides underscored the importance of deepening cooperation between Chinese and US thinktanks and explored avenues to develop mechanisms for future Track II dialogue and research collaboration.
From May 10-11, CCG took part in a series of activities at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington. In the “US-China Dialogue on the Global Economic Order” held on May 10, CCG President Wang Huiyao gave a presentation on global mechanisms for infrastructure development, distilling insights from CCG’s in-depth research on this topic. The following day, at an event to mark 40 years of Sino-US ties, Dr. Wang spoke on the first panel looking back at the last four decades of bilateral relations. Drawing on CCG research findings and his own personal experiences, Wang emphasized the importance of Sino-US links for China’s Reform and Opening process and highlighted the potential for to deepen the bilateral relationship across various dimensions including study abroad, travel, infrastructure, and energy.
Also in Washington, CCG made visits to the Hudson Institute and the US-China Business Council to discuss challenges and opportunities for Sino-US economic cooperation.
As a think tank dedicated to the study of globalization, CCG pays close attention to the evolution of Sino-US relations. In addition to hosting an ongoing series of roundtables on Sino-US relations and releasing relevant reports and publications, CCG also engages in active outreach to strengthen people-to-people diplomacy.