As the United States approaches a historic presidential election next month, the topic of U.S.-China relations increasingly pervades every facet of the national and local political debate. This month’s newsletter captures the Committee’s commitment to raising the level of debate in the Washington, DC policy community.
For the past 18 months, one of my strategic priorities has been to broaden the Committee’s impact in Washington, DC. Over the past two quarters, the Committee has made significant headway in engaging DC policymakers through the Washington Leadership Dialogue. A nine-member-strong C100 delegation held a series of high-level meetings in June with key decision makers in Congress and at the White House and State Department. I am proud to spotlight the Committee’s decision to release the Statement of Principles of Guidance for Political Candidates on China-Related Issues during these meetings. The Statement calls on political candidates at all levels—national, state, and local—to refrain from using anti-China rhetoric and racial stereotypes in their political campaigns.
On October 24, two weeks before the U.S. presidential election, the Committee will convene a China Policy Debate in partnership with the China Studies Program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC. Join this debate by tweeting your questions to #chinadebate2012. View the debate live-stream at www.committee100.org.
This coming year promises to forge new frontiers in expanding the Committee’s reach in the Washington, DC policy community. I am thankful for the thoughtful dedication of my fellow C100 members and our friends to this worthy endeavor.