Recently I was invited to attend Foreign Policy Colloquium (FPC) from May 30 to June 2 in Washington D.C. at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. FPC is an exclusive four-day program inviting 75 Chinese students and scholars from all top U.S. universities focusing on international cooperation and bilateral relations between U.S. and China.
FPC is held by National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), who is the one of highest ranked organization on U.S.-China relations. The organization initiated the ‘Ping Pong Diplomacy’ during Nixon’s Administration and started the formal relation between U.S. and China. Till now NCUSCR has been playing a key role connecting two countries’ cooperation and communication from foreign policy to business.
Through this great even I had a chance to interact with key players in the American foreign policy arena, including current and former Administration officials and members of Congress. The speakers include well-known figures from academia, think tanks, media, business, lobbying groups, and the military, among others. We had a great opportunity to discuss current hot issues including global security, regional conflicts, policy, trade and finance, economic development, and technology innovation. I also had the honor to attend a reception hosted by the China Embassy and met with Ambassador Cui Tiankai, who is a famous diplomat and current the Chinese Ambassador to the United States.
Through this event, I’ve also met great talented peers from other universities. Their majors include International Relation, Global Affairs, Law, Business, Public Policy, Economics, Finance, and Public Administration. I’ve had wonderful conversations and made many new friends based in New York City, Boston, Washington D.C. and California. With the common interest in U.S.-China cooperation, we hope to continue our conversation even after this event!