November 2014
In the Spotlight
Gala Dinner Honors ADM and Hershey

The Plaza's Grand Ballroom was filled for our 2014 black tie Gala Dinner honoring Archer Daniels Midland Company and The Hershey Company for their contributions to U.S.-China relations. Chairman & CEO Patricia A. Woertz and President & CEO John P. Bilbrey accepted the honors on behalf of their respective companies.

In addition to the award presentations, guests enjoyed speeches and remarks from Dr. Henry Kissinger, Governor Tom Kean, Minister Lu Kang, and NCUSCR president Steve Orlins, as well as a performance by 6ixwire Project. We thank our corporate sponsors and all who came out to support the Committee.

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Other Programs
Airing Opinions on the East and South China Seas

American and Chinese legal experts, policymakers, and practitioners gathered in Sanya, Hainan, for the second round of a Track II maritime affairs and international law dialogue. The off-the-record program provided these experts an opportunity to discuss sensitive differences and demonstrated each side's willingness to work together to find peaceful resolutions to maritime disputes. More on this program >>

Cultivating Understanding Among Next Gen Leaders
Fifty Fellows attended the 2014 U.S.-China Young Leaders Forum, an annual gathering of dozens of the "best and brightest" American and Chinese men and women under the age of forty. With a prompt to discuss a moment that defined (or redefined) a Fellow's life in a profound way, the four-day Forum in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, was packed with interesting, provocative cross-cultural conversation.

More on this program >> | Roster of Attending Fellows >>
Seeking to Diffuse Escalating Tensions
Concerned about the impact of growing mistrust in Sino-American relations, a small group of policy experts convened in Beijing to discuss ways to stem and reverse this downward spiral. Among others, the closed-door dialogue included (in photo, L to R) three NCUSCR directors -- Dr. David M. Lampton, Dr. Thomas Fingar, and Admiral Dennis Blair -- as well as Maj. Gen. Zhao Ning, former PRC Defense Attach´┐Ż to the United States.

Intern Opportunities
National Committee Seeks Spring Interns
Now through December 2, we are accepting applications from rising college seniors, college grads, and graduate students looking for hands-on experience in the field of U.S.-China relations. More about applying for our internship program >>
New Multimedia
President Carter Headlines 2014 CHINA Town Hall
Thirty-five years after normalizing relations between our two countries, President Jimmy Carter reflected on his extensive history with China and the U.S.-China relationship with NCUSCR president Stephen Orlins, and took questions from the nationwide CHINA Town Hall audience.

The 2014 CHINA Town Hall, run in partnership with The Carter Center at 74 venues across the nation, combined a live webcast interview with President Carter, with on-site presentations by China specialists addressing topics of interest to the local communities participating in the program.

Implications of the Fourth Plenum
Fordham Law Professor Carl Minzner discusses the Fourth Plenum of China's 18th Party Congress and its implications for future reform to China's rule of law with NCUSCR President Stephen Orlins. Listen to the teleconference >>
China's Second Continent
Howard French, former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, tells the story of China's burgeoning presence in Africa by delving into the lives of Chinese migrants and their African counterparts.

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Harvard professor William C. Kirby balanced China's remarkable development with the major challenges it now faces: a lack of accountability and transparency, corruption, and the difficulties of operating in China.

Upcoming Public Events
Save the Date! Wednesday, December 17
Henry Luce Foundation, New York City
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Urbanization and Regime Survival in China
Jeremy Wallace, one of our new Public Intellectuals Program Fellows, explores China's management of urbanization as well as the relationship between cities and political stability throughout the developing world.

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