People to People Exchanges in US-China Relations Forgotten Past, Fateful Future

In advance of the upcoming U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues (S&ED) and High Level Consultation on People to People Exchanges (CPE), Project Pengyou, JHU-SAIS China and the Committee of 100 co-hosted a speakers forum exploring the evolution of U.S.-China bridge-building since America’s founding on June 21, 2015.

The forum offered insight into both the historical, social, and political backdrop of Sino-American relations as well as the current issues as seen from Washington today. U.S.-China relations are a complex mix of multilateral diplomacy, intensified rivalry, and intertwined economies, making it critical to harness the unprecedented opportunities and challenges involved in people to people exchanges.

150 guests attended to hear from a number of speakers including Dr. Gordon H. Chang, Professor of History and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University; Scott Seligman, Historian, Author and ‘China Hand’; Madelyn Ross, Director of the Hopkins Nanjing Center Washington, D.C. and Associate Director of Johns Hopkins University SAIS China; Dr. Jeremy Wu, Washington D.C. Regional Co-Chair of the Committee of 100; Jesse Appell, Comedian; Hank Levine, Senior Adviser, Albright Stonebridge Group, and Holly Chang, Acting Executive Director at the Committee of 100 who concurrently heads the Project Pengyou initiative.

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Forum Speakers with Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows


03 - Scott Seligman 06212015

Scott Seligman

04 - Madelyn Ross 06212015

Madelyn Ross, Washington Director, Hopkins Nanjing Center; Associate Director, SAIS China



05 - Jeremy Wu 06212015

Jeremy Wu, Committee of 100 DC Region Co-Chair


06 - Jesse Appell 06212015

Jesse Appell, Intercultural Comedian


07 - Hank Levine 06212015

Hank Levine, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group


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