The 12th US-China Forum: Toward a broader US-China agenda
National Press Club, Washington DC
November 20, 2017


8:30 –9:00  Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:20 Opening remarks: Dr. Patrick Ho and Dr. Gal Luft  

9:20-10:45 - Session I: Now what?
Following the completion of the first round of the four tracks of the US-China Comprehensive Dialogue and leaders summits in Florida and more recently in Beijing it is time to take stock and assess the direction and prospects of peaceful US-China relations. Is the honeymoon over? Is it realistic to achieve meaningful progress on the thorny issues of North Korea and trade? Where do we go from here? 

  • R. James Woolsey, former Director, Central Intelligence
  • Ambassador Paul W. Speltz, Chairman and CEO of Global Strategic Associates, LLC
  • Amb. SHEN Guofang, former Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
  • Amb. MA Zhen-Gang, former Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom
  • Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:15 - Session II: Belt and Road meets America First

The Trump administration recognized the importance of the BRI but it has not gone beyond this symbolic gesture to determine its involvement in it. Can the BRI be reconciled with Trump's America First sentiment? Can the US benefit from the BRI? If so, how? Will China welcome US active participation in the BRI? What can America bring to the table?

  • Prof. YANG Xiyu, Senior Fellow at China Institute of International Studies (CIIS); Executive Vice President at Institute of Boao Forum for Asia
  • ZHANG Wenzong, Director of American Politics Research Office at the Institute of American Studies, and Research Associate at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
  • Daniel Kliman, Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
  • Dr. Miyeon Oh, Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
  • Dr. Ariel Cohen, Director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at IAGS

12:15-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:45 Session III: Energy Security
President Trump pledged to revive US energy industry and withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, China is accelerating production of non-petroleum vehicles. These call for a reexamination of the US-China energy cooperation agenda, shifting the focus from climate policies to energy security policies which diversify energy supplies and supply chains and improve affordability of critical energy resources. This session will explore new areas of cooperation on coal, natural gas, electrification of transportation, diversified transportation fuels and nuclear power and the potential of each of those to create new grounds for cooperation.  

  • Anne Korin, Co-director, IAGS
  • Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute
  • Dr. Erica Downs, Senior Research Scientist, China Studies, CNA Corporation
  • YU Hongyuan, Professor and Director of Institute for Comparative Politics and Public Policy, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)

14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-16:15 Session IV: Finding Common Ground on Innovation

China's innovation push titled 'Made in China 2025' aims to upgrade China's industrial base and reduce dependencies on foreign technologies in critical sectors. In addition China rolled out this year the concept of "the Big Bay Area" for the greater Pearl River Delta: Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong. The US on the other hand has concerns over technology transfers and IP sharing, cybersecurity, and so forth.  Can thorny issues be overcome? Is there a room for greater cooperation between the American technological hubs - in Texas, the West Coast, and elsewhere -  and China's Big Bay Area?  Can a cooperation platform of these city clusters forge a new type of relationship to exceed geopolitical confines?

  • Dr. Patrick Ho, Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee
  • Bin LI, Counselor, Chief of the Economic Affairs Section, the People's Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Jim Hurd, Green Science Exchange
  • Josh Kallmer, Senior Vice President, Global Policy, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Anna Ashton, Director, Business Advisory Services, US-China Business Council

16:15 Closing remarks:  Dr. Patrick Ho and Hon. Robert McFarlane