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China's Rising Leaders

"I truly appreciate the opportunity I had to join this prestigious delegation visit, which has enhanced my understanding of American politics, economy and society, and strengthened my capability in studying U.S.-China relations in this era of historic transitions."

—Dr. Wei Ling, China Foreign Affairs University


About the Program

The relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will define the Asia-Pacific region in the years to come. NBR’s annual China’s Rising Leaders program seeks to enhance mutual understanding on issues of common concern, reduce mistrust, and forge vital new networks among PRC and U.S. leaders.

Each delegation consists of a select group of mid-career rising leaders from China. Past delegation members have included a sitting judge, a vice-president at Baidu, several influential scholars, and well-known journalists.

The program has featured meetings with key decision-makers in Seattle, New York, and Washington, D.C., including:

Program Chairs

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dr. Cheng Li
The Brookings Institution

  • Meeting with the U.S.-China Working Group: Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. (R–LA) and Congressman Rick Larsen (D–WA)
  • Discussion on “The Future of U.S.-China Relations” with business leaders hosted by the Ford Motor Company
  • Private meeting with former senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, Jeffrey Bader
  • Private discussion with former senator and onetime vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman
  • Private meetings with senior officials from the State and Defense departments
  • Sponsor

    We wish to thank our sponsor:
    Microsoft Corporation



  • Panel discussion and reception with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy moderated by NCFP vice president Don Zagoria and Ambassador Nicholas Platt
  • Visit with senior leaders from Microsoft in Redmond, WA
  • Discussion and tour of the Boeing manufacturing plan in Everett
  • Roundtable discussion on China’s economic reforms and international norms with leading members of NYC’s business community

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Tiffany Ma
Senior Director
CRL@nbr.org

Advisory Board

J. Stapleton Roy
Co-chair
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Cheng Li
Co-chair
The Brookings Institution

David Bachman
University of Washington

Cui Liru
China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)

Richard Ellings
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Carla Hills
Hills & Company International Consultants

Roy Kamphausen
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Robert A. Kapp
Robert A. Kapp & Associates, Inc.

Scott Kennedy
Indiana University

David M. Lampton
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Pamela Passman
CREATe

Tom Robertson
Microsoft Corporation

Shen Dingli
Fudan University

David Tang
K&L Gates

Zhu Feng
Center for International and Strategic Studies

Program Year Three Report

Download the China's Rising Leaders program report from 2014.

Meet the 2014 Delegates

Read bios for the seven Chinese delegates who met with many key stakeholders in American foreign policy circles in May 2014.

Program Year Two Report

Download the China's Rising Leaders program report from 2012.

2012 Delegation Visit

Learn about the highlights of the weeklong visit, which included a conversation with Congressman Larson and Congressman Boustany.

Meet the 2012 Delegates

Read bios for the eight Chinese delegates who met with many key stakeholders in American foreign policy circles in December 2012.

The Bo Xilai Crisis: Confidence Gained or Risk Increased?

Cheng Li (Brookings Institution) discusses the significance of Bo Xilai’s upcoming trial for the rule of law in China, behind-the-scenes negotiations that may have delayed the 18th Party Congress, and the degree of consensus that exists among China’s leaders despite ideological differences and ongoing debates.

2011 Delegation Visit

Learn about highlights of the 2011 delegation's week-long visit, which included a breakfast roundtable with Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Meet the 2011 Delegates

Read bios for the seven Chinese delegates who met with many key stakeholders in American foreign policy circles in December 2011.