Skip navigation

Center for China-U.S. Cooperation


Conferences & Events

Past Events

Highlights of past events hosted by the Center for China-U.S. Cooperation include:

October 18, 2016 - The Center for China—US Cooperation participated in the National Committee on U.S. China Relations’ CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger was the national webcast speaker for the event, and Mr. Henry Levine was our onsite speaker. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger: In addition to his years as national security advisor (1969-1975) and secretary of state (1973-1977), Dr. Kissinger has also taught at Harvard University and is currently chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.  While national security advisor, Dr. Kissinger played a crucial role in arranging President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, which opened the door to the re-establishment of U.S.-China relations. Henry (Hank) Levine is a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) -- a strategic advisory firm in Washington, D.C.  As a senior member of the firm’s China practice, Mr. Levine helps international firms deepen their interactions with government and non-government entities in China and resolve business issues. Before entering the private sector Mr. Levine spent 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State.  In the course of this career, he served twice in the State Department’s Office of China and Mongolia Affairs, twice at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and as U.S. Consul General in Shanghai.  Following his tour in Shanghai he served for three years as the deputy assistant secretary for Asia at the Department of Commerce.  In that capacity he was the senior China advisor to two secretaries of Commerce and a lead negotiator for the annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Mr. Levine is a member of the National Committee on U.S. – China Relations and a member of the Advisory Council of the U.S.-China Education Trust, where he previously served as executive director. Mr. Levine has a B.A. in political science from Bucknell University.  He did graduate work in international affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  He is a graduate, with distinction, from the U.S. National War College.  He is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin).

October 11, 2016 - Dr. Terry Lautz- "John Birch, China and the Cold War".
Dr. Lautz is a Moynihan Research Fellow at Syracuse University and former vice president of the Henry Luce Foundation in New York. He is chair of the Harvard-Yenching Institute and a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and holds MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. His book has been reviewed in the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal. John Birch: A Life (Oxford, 2016) is the first authoritative study of a young American who was a missionary and military intelligence officer in China during the Second World War. He was killed in a dispute with Chinese Communist soldiers, and later became the namesake of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society. Lautz argues that the perceived martyrdom of John Birch is a misguided view, appropriated for Cold War political purposes. His life and death offer a cautionary tale on America’s relations with China.

October 3, 2016- Abraham M. Denmark - “The US strategic relationships with China in the regional context of the Asia-Pacific”. Abraham M. Denmark currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, where he supports the Secretary of Defense and other senior U.S. government leaders in the formulation and implementation of defense policy for China, Japan, Mongolia, North and South Korea, and Taiwan. Previous positions include Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research, Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and several positions within the U.S. government. He has authored several reports and edited several books on geopolitical dynamics in the Asia-Pacific, and has been featured in major media outlets in the United States and across Asia. Mr. Denmark was named a 21st Century Leader by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and received an Award for Excellence from the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009. A Colorado native, Mr. Denmark studied history and political science at the University of Northern Colorado, and earned a master's degree in international security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He has also studied at China's Foreign Affairs College and Peking University. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and son.

September 28, 2016 - Dr. Bruce Dickson - “The Dictator’s Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party’s Strategy for Survival” Bruce Dickson is professor of political science and international affairs and chair of the political science department at the George Washington University. His research and teaching focus on political dynamics in China, especially the adaptability of the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it governs. His current research examines the political consequences of economic reform in China, the Chinese Communist Party’s evolving strategy for survival, and the changing relationship between state and society. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the US Institute of Peace, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His latest book is The Dictator’s Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party’s Strategy for Survival (Oxford, 2016).


May 18, 2016 - Edward Dong - "Korea and China:  Middle Power and Middle Kingdom "  Edward Dong spent close to four decades as an American diplomat conversant in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese affairs. He retired from the Department of State, his last posting as the Political Minister Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.  That was his third tour of duty in Korea. He was previously the Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan, and the Consul General in Guangzhou, China.  Dong also served stints in Washington as the Director of Korean Affairs and as the Member of the Policy Planning Staff in charge of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  He had other postings in Taiwan and Singapore, covering Cross-Straits Affairs, APEC, and ARF.  He has Bachelor's, Master's, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

May 4, 2016 - 2016 CCUSC Sabel Award Dinner and Presentations Dr. Benjamin is the John S. and Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law at the School of Law of UC Irvine, and the director of the UC Irvine Long U.S.-China Institute. His research and article, "Understanding Citizen Action against Pollution in China" in the top-rated Journal of Contemporary China earned him this year's Sabel Award. He was able to share and discuss his research with over 100 guests, and was joined by keynote speakers former ambassador to China Chas Freeman and also Dr. Carla Freeman. Amb. Chas Freeman served American international relations for thirty years, and also became the Assistant Secretary of Defense. His speech and remarks on the event can be found  here . His daughter, Dr. Carla Freeman, is currently the director of the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS, John Hopkins University. She currently conducts research on Chinese foreign and domestic policy, focusing on regional dynamics, environmental politics and security, as well as China's role in international organizations. One of our Chinese visiting scholars put some photos taken by them into a music album, which is circulating in Chinese international studies websites widely by now and you may watch using IPad or Apple computer here:

April 20, 2016 - Dr. Richard Bush - "Taiwan’s 2016 Elections and the Implications for China-Taiwan relations" Dr. Richard Bush is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of its Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, and the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies. He came to Brookings in July 2002 after nineteen years working in the US government. Starting in 1983, Bush served as a staff person for Congressman Stephen Solarz, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs. After 1993 Bush worked for two-plus years for Congressman Lee Hamilton, the senior Democrat on the House International Relations Committee. Bush served as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia In 1995 and the Chairman and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan in 1997. During his five years as chairman he played a key role in the conduct and articulation of U.S. policy towards Taiwan. Bush received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and is the author of three books: At Cross  Purposes, Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait and Uncharted Strait: The Future of China-Taiwan Relations.

April 12, 2016 - Dr. Shiping Tang spoke on "The "Liberal" International Order: any room for an illiberal rising power like China?".  Shiping Tang is Fulbright visiting research scholar at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), University of California at San Diego for 2015-16 academic year. He is a Fudan Distinguished Professor, Dr. Seaker Chan Chair Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University, Shanghai, and Cheung-Kong/Changjiang Distinguished Professorship from the Ministry of Education, China. An author of A General Theory of Institutional Change, A Theory of Security Strategy for Our Time: Defensive Realism, and many articles in international relations, institutional economics, sociology, and philosophy of the social sciences, his book, The Social Evolution of International Politics, received the International Studies Association (ISA) “Annual Best Book Award” in 2015.

 March 22, 2016 - Dr. Yongqian Tu presented "The Labor Clauses in TPP: Its Impact on China’s Industrial Relations, Labor law and Beyond". Dr.  Yongqian Tu is Professor in School of Labor and Human Resources of Remin University of China. He received his Ph.D. and LLM degrees from China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and Central China University of Finance and Political Sciences in Wuhan. Tu’s research covers law, management, sociology and economics. He has published many academic articles in Chinese in the China’s academic journals and 2 monographs, Toxic Torts with Latent Harm and Law of Torts. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for China-US Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver in 2015.

February 26, 2016 - Robert Daly spoke on "The High Priest of Chineseness: Can China Be Powerful and Modern Under Xi Jinping?".  Robert Daly is director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. Before coming to the Wilson Center he was director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland and American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.  A diplomat serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 80s and early 90s, he taught Chinese at Cornell University, worked on television (北京人在纽约)and theater projects in China as a host, actor, and writer, and helped produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children's Television Workshop programs. During the same period, he directed the Syracuse University China Seminar and served as a commentator on Chinese affairs for CNN, the Voice of America, and Chinese television and radio stations. From 2000 to 2001 he was American Director of the U.S.-China Housing Initiative at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Living in China for 11 years, he has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin and Li Yuanchao, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger. 

February 3, 2016 - Dr. Chung-in Moon presented "China's Rise and South Korea's Strategic Choice . Dr. Moon is a professor of political science at Yonsei University, Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a quarterly magazine in English, and Director of the Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library the Republic of Korea. A member of ROK Presidential Committee on Unification Preparation, He served as Dean of Yonsei's Graduate School of International Studies, Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post, and Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea. He taught at Williams College, University of Kentucky, Duke University, and UCSD. He also held a visiting professorship at Keio University and Beijing University. He has published over 40 books and 230 articles in edited volumes and such scholarly journals as World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and World Development.

January 21, 2016 - Dr. David F. Gordon presented "Changing Global Energy Markets and China-US Relations". Dr. David F. Gordon is the senior advisor and former chairman of Eurasia Group. Before joining Eurasia Group, Dr. Gordon spent more than ten years working at the highest levels of US foreign and national security policy processes, including the director of policy planning under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a top management role at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), and the director of CIA's Office of Transnational Issues. Prior to his work in the public sector, David pursued an academic career, teaching at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the College of William and Mary, Princeton University, Georgetown University and the University of Nairobi. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1981.

October 29, 2015 - "China: Then and Now" was presented by Ambassador Nicholas Platt, a long-time China specialist, three-time U.S. Ambassador (Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines), former president of the Asia society, and author of the published memoir China Boys, was one of the State Department officials accompanied President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1973.
As a young diplomatic officer in the early 1960s, when Communist China was firmly closed to the west, Nicholas Platt took the unusual step of studying Mandarin. This put him in a key position when U.S. relations to China suddenly opened. Overseeing numerous contacts and exchanges with China, and a frequent visitor and lecturer in the PRC, Platt is in a unique position to compare those early days of diplomatic contact to relations with the West today, as China now emerges as a major player on the world stage and an economic Power house.

October 5, 2015- CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections - A program co-sponsored by the Center for China-US Cooperation at the University of Denver and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  Our program included a live webcast from Washington D.C. featuring Robert Rubin, former secretary of the Treasury; Sheldon Day, mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; and Daniel Rosen, founding partner, Rhodium Group, moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  Following the webcast, our onsite speaker Dr. Tom Gold, professor of sociology University of California, Berkeley, and executive director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, discussed "X's and O's: Post-Game Analysis of the Xi-Obama Summit".

September 25, 2015 - "China in the World Economy" was presented by Joanna R. Shelton who served as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy, as staff of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, and at the US Treasury Department.

May 27, 2015 - The CCUSC co-sponsored along with the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Karen Ruth Adams, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Montana who discussed "Forecasting China's Rise".

May 8, 2015 - Lester Ross, Partner-in-Charge for the Beijing Office of WilmerHale presented "Recent Trends in Chinese Law and Their Impact on Foreign Investment".

April 30 - May 1, 2015 - CCUSC hosted the international symposium "Has China Found a Unique Path to Modernization?" During this conference Ambassador Zhao Weiping, Consul General of the Chinese Consulate in Chicago was the keynote speaker at the dinner. The following day papers were presented by Dr. Christopher R. Hughes, Head of the International Relations Department London School of Economics, Dr. Barry Naughton, Professor, University of California, San Diego, Dr. Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Dali Yang, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago.  Discussants for the papers were Dr. Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin, Dr. Scott Kennedy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Guoguang Wu, Professor of Political Science, Chair in China & Asia-Pacific Relations, University of Victoria, Canada and Dr. Margaret Pearson, University of Maryland.

April 17, 2015 - Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University presented "The Rise of China and the Return of Alliance Politics: Prospects for U.S. - China Relations".

April 3, 2015 - Blaine Harden, Author and former Washington Post correspondent discussed "Why is North Korea so perpetually furious at the U.S.?" His book, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, was available for sale.

February 26, 2015 - The CCUCS co-sponsored an international workshop with the Center for Taiwan Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, "New Dynamics of Relations Across the Taiwan Strait".  Serving on the two panels were: Dr. Zhong Yang, Dr. Zuo Yana and Dr. Yu Yi-wen all from the School of International and Public Affairs, SJTU, Dr. Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Dr. Scott Kastner, University of Maryland, Dr. Daniel Lynch, University of Southern California, Dr. Alan Romberg, Stimson Center, and Dr. Vincent Wang, University of Richmond.

February 19, 2015 - John Aldrich, Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of Political Science at Duke University discussed "How Politics-and Politicians-Shape Views of China: Using Survey-Embedded Experiments to Assess Public Opinion about the People's Republic of China".

January 27, 2015 -  Michael Pillsbury, consultant at the U.S. Department of Defense presented "China's Grand Strategy: the Known and Unknown".  His book, The Hundred-Year Marathon, was available for sale.

November 4, 2014 - CCUSC presented - "Sustained Protests in Hong Kong: Economic Prosperity versus Political Participation" with Professor Peter Ho, Dr. Diana Lee, and Ambassador Chris Hill who participated in a panel discussion on the current protests in Hong Kong.

October 16, 2014- The CCUSC co-sponsored the 8th Annual China Town Hall featuring a live webcast from former President Jimmy Carter.The webcast was followed by a presentation from our on-site speaker, RADM Admiral Michael McDevitt (Ret.), who presented on Maritime Issues in the South China Sea. View his presentation here.

October 3, 2014 - Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, Special Envoy to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Foreign Policy program presented "Negotiating the Future of Tibet: An Insider's Story."

May 2, 2014 - Louisa Lim, Beijing correspondent for NPR and the BBC, discussed her new book, The People's Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. Read, or listen to, Louisa's April 15 story After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

April 17, 2014 - Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs at UPS, presented "The China-U.S. Economic Relationship: Perspectives from Government & Business.

Laura is responsible for all worldwide government affairs activities for UPS among the over 220 countries and territories it serves. Prior to joining UPS, Laura was Managing Director and Head of International Government Affairs at CitiGroup and VP for Global Public Policy with Time Warner. In her government career, Ms. Lane was responsible for bilateral trade affairs with the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries at the United States Trade Representative (USTR). She also negotiated market access commitments on trade in services with China as part of its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and served as U.S. negotiator for the WTO Financial Services negotiations, which resulted in a first-ever global agreement in 1997.  Watch the video below:

March 3, 2014 - Larry Diamond presented "Is Democracy in Global Decline?" Larry Diamond is Director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford, and Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies. Watch the video.

October 2013—China Town Hall, an annual event co-hosted by the National Committee of U.S.-China Relations, featured a live interview with Madeleine Albright via webcast. It was followed by a presentation by our on-site speaker, Frank Jannuzi who presented "Six Dragons Imperiling China's Future."

May 2013 - W. James McNerney discussed "Working with China: A CEO's Perspective." McNerney is chairman, president and CEO of The Boeing Company. Speaking to a crowd of over 100 attendees, McNerney described Boeing's strategy to partner with China across the entire value stream, including initiatives in air travel safety, advanced aviation systems and developing a bio-fuel aviation industry.

January 2013 – Major General Zhu Chenghu held an open conversation with students. He is the Dean of the Defense Affairs Institute for China's National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army. He is well known in America for his comments regarding Chinese use of nuclear weapons against the U.S.