The forum was co-organized by China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), Peking University and Renmin University of China. President of CPDA Wu Hailong presided over the opening ceremony. Representatives from various sectors, including Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai, Director of the Center for International Security and Strategy at Tsinghua University (CISS) and former Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying, President of Peking University Hao Ping, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, President of the Asia Society Kevin Rudd, former U.S. trade representative Carla Hills, Chairman and CEO of Starr Companies Maurice R. Greenberg, and other former government officials, experts, scholars from both sides attended the event and held in-depth discussions on the topics of "reshaping political mutual trust", "rebuilding economic and trade balance" and "restarting cultural exchanges".