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Briefings at the US-Asia Institute cover a variety of subjects with participants from various fields regarding to issues significant to U.S.-Asia relations. Generally, all briefings are off-the-record in order to facilitate open and candid discussion. Upcoming briefings will be made known via our mailing list and the homepage of our website.

The success of our briefings hinges on active participation between the audience and panelists. If you wish to participate as either, please contact us to RSVP or for further information. Thank you for your support, interest, and participation.

2014 China 101 Seminar Series

US-Asia Institute InternshipsThe 2014 China 101 Seminar Series This seven-session series will bring experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of contemporary China. All sessions will include time for Q&A. Please note: This event will be open to congressional staff members only. For more information and to RSVP, please e-mail us at: China101@usasiainstitute.com or call us at: (202)-544-3181. Upcoming 2014
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The Global Impact of the Power of Womenomics

A Capitol Hill Luncheon on Japan The Global Impact of the Power of  Womenomics with special guests His Excellency Kenichiro SASAE Ambassador from Japan Ambassador Constance A. MORELLA President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. B-340 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC The United States and Japan are both actively engaged in
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FILM DIPLOMACY: A WIN-WIN FOR U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS

A Capitol Hill Forum on China Film Diplomacy: A Win-Win for U.S.-China Relations   with   Chris Fenton President, DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group & General Manger, DMG North America   Monday, September 30, 2013 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.   The Gold Room 2168 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC     When one examines the U.S.-China relationship, most discussions
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ASEAN 101: Economics and Trade: Key Trade Negotiations in the Southeast Asia Region

On June 4, 2013, the US-Asia Institute, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the National Foreign Trade Council co-hosted a Capitol Hill Breakfast Forum on ASEAN: Economics and Trade: Key Trade Negotiations in the Southeast Asia Region. This is the 3rd panel in a four-part series focused on the importance of ASEAN to the United States, specifically highlighting the impact of trade
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ASEAN 101: The Role of Southeast Asia in the US Recovery: US Investments in ASEAN (Part II)

On May 13, 2013, the US-Asia Institute and the US-ASEAN Business Council co-hosted a Breakfast Capitol Hill Forum on ASEAN: The Role of Southeast Asia in the US Recovery and US Investments in ASEAN. This is the 2nd panel in a four-part series focused on the importance of ASEAN to the United States, specifically highlighting the impact of trade and
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Leadership in Transition: China

The US-Asia Institute Presented a Capitol Hill Forum: Leadership in Transition: CHINA Featuring Dr. Jeffrey A. Bader John C. Whitehead Senior Fellow The Brookings Institution Moderated by Susan Lawrence Congressional Research Service Monday, December 10, 2012 2:00-3:00pm HC-8 The Capitol Building Just after the U.S. elections, China began its once-in-a-decade leadership transition.  With the selection of the new Politburo Standing
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The Asia-Pacific Moving Forward: Unrest, Uncertainty, and the Pivot

Thank you for joining us for an off-the-record briefing which addressed recent tensions in the Asia Pacific, including the territorial conflicts of the South China Sea and the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, how these are affected by the US pivot towards the Asia Pacific, and what are some potential outcomes moving forward.  Speakers: Moderator: Ben Dolven, Congressional Research Service Japan Expert: Dr.
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Leadership in Transition: Japan

US-Asia Institute held a discussion concerning the immense political change that has occurred in post-2005 Japan, following the resignation of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. During this time, the maturation of electoral reform, rapid Prime Ministerial leadership transition, and the emergence of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) have impacted Japanese politics to perhaps an unparalleled degree. The current DPJ
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China Briefing Session 6: China's Coming Leadership Transition

In our final session of the China 101 Briefing Series for this year, we discussed China’s leadership transition process that will go forward this fall and its underlying dynamics. The speakers described the implications of the transition for China and U.S.-China relations. Speaker Dr. Cheng Li, Director of Research and Senior Fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center in
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China 101 Briefing Session 5: Human Rights and Social Change in China

In the fifth session of China 101 Briefing Series, two speakers discussed the current state of human rights and the impact of social change on the relations between United States and China. Speakers Dr. John Tai, AECOM Dr. Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch Moderator Dr. Thomas Lum, Congressional Research Service Details July 16, 2012 2:00-3:00PM Longworth House Office Building, 1539
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China 101 Briefing Session 4: What Challenges Does China's Economic Model Pose for U.S. Policymakers?

In the fourth session of China 101 Briefing Series, the speakers gave a presentation on the effects of China’s economic models on US-China relations. Participants were introduced to issues such as China’s incomplete transition to free market, imbalance of economic policies, and the role of government in private sector. Speakers Mr. Wayne Morrison, Congressional Research Service Mr. Henry Levine, Albright
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China 101 Briefing Session 3: The U.S.-China Military-to-Military Relationship

In our third week of China 101 Briefing Series, the June 25th session delved into the United States to China military-to-military relationship. Joining us in the discussions, Colonel Susan Puska and Dr. Bernard D. Cole provided the current state of the relationship and its future implications. Colonel Puska was an Ordnance Officer and China Foreign Area Officer for the U.S.
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China 101 Briefing Session 2: Investing in Each Other's Future?

  Continuing the China 101 Seminar Series, the second session explored issues in foreign direct investment flows between the United States and China. Dr. Huang, a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Prof. Bottelier, a senior adviser on China to the Conference Board, provided a survey on Chinese economy and future ahead. The
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China 101 Briefing Session 1: Introduction to China and China-U.S. Relations

The U.S.-China Working Group in partnership with the US-Asia Institute held the China 101 Seminar Series this summer for Congressional staff. The six-week series will bring experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of contemporary China and their impacts on a complicated relationship with the U.S. Briefings will include presentations on related topics by experts in the
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Leadership in Transition: Korea

The US-Asia Institute invited experts to examine recent leadership transitions taking place on the Korean Peninsula with the succession of power to Kim Jong Un in North Korea and his efforts to consolidate power, as well as the results of South Korea’s recent legislative elections on April 11, 2012.  Speakers discussed these changes, in combination with presidential elections looming at
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Implications of the China-Africa Economic Partnership

The US-Asia Institute hosted special guest speakers to discuss the growing economic ties between China and Africa with a special focus on the impacts for U.S. Foreign Policy.   Speakers Dr. Witney Schneidman, Senior Advisor at the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, President of Schneidman & Associates International (http://schneidman.com/) The Honorable David Shinn, former Ambassador and Adjunct Professor
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Leadership in Transition: Myanmar

Experts examined the upcoming elections in Myanmar, economic effects of liberalization, and the impact the country’s potential pivot will have on relations with China and the U.S. Speakers Ms. Priscilla Clapp, Senior Advisor, Asia Society Mr. Brad Babson, Consultant on Asian Affairs Ms. Jennifer Quigley, Advocacy Director, US Campaign for Burma Moderator Dr. Michael Martin, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional
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Leadership in Transition: Greater China

The US-Asia Institute kicked off the Leadership in Transition briefing series by examining changes in the greater China region, specifically in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and how U.S. relations in the region may be affected. Taiwan began 2012 with a presidential election which potentially could alter the balance of diplomatic relations with China.  Hong Kong similarly has an important Chief
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Lunar New Year Celebration

The US-Asia Institute hosted its Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on February 2, 2012 at the US-Asia Institute in Washington DC. Senator of Hawaii Daniel Akaka was the Guest of Honor in recognition of his 33 years of support and partnership with the US-Asia Institute.  Other speakers included Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade Michelle O’Neill, Congresswomen Judy Chu (D-CA),
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Strategic Rapproachement: The United States, Vietnam and the South China Sea

The US-Asia Institute hosted an off-the-record briefing on Monday, November 7th which focused on “Strategic Rapprochement: The United States, Vietnam and the South China Sea”. Ernest Bower, Senior Advisor and Director at the CSIS Southeast Asia Program and Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East West Center in Washington, discussed the burgeoning U.S.-Vietnam relationship and where it fits into the
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Capitol Hill Forum: Featuring Special Guest Dr. Changyong Rhee, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

The US-Asia Institute sponsored and hosted Dr. Rhee on Friday, September 23, 2011. Dr. Rhee began his remarks by identifying steady growth in developing Asian states, but noted that the region also has very uneven growth. In regards to poverty and income inequality reduction there are many developing Asian states which are poor performers. Thus, observers must recognize the inherent
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Financial Regulation, Equity & Assets, and the Legal System

The National People’s Congress’ Financial and Economic Committee sent a delegation to the United States to examine current financial regulation legislation in an effort to better inform policy makers in China as they undertake similar legislation. Vice Chairman Wu Ritu, the delegation leader, has been tasked with making recommendations on drafting new laws in China. The two representatives from the
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Intellectual Property Rights Protection in China: Challenges and Trends

On Monday, April 12th, a youth leadership forum made possible by a grant from HSBC Bank was held in the US-Asia Institute. The topic of discussion was on the current challenges and future trends of intellectual property rights protection in China. The purpose of this forum was to address and educate future leaders with interest in US-China bilateral relations through
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Reception for Visiting National People's Congress Delegation

A delegation from the National People’s Congress (NPC) came by USAI for a briefing and reception while on their Washington D.C. leg of their U.S. delegation. Following the briefing on the health of the U.S.-China relationship with Mr. Wayne Morrison and President Benjamin Wu, a reception was held allowing congressional staff both familiar and new to China to discuss with
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Challenges of a Developing China: Before and After COP15

This late October Forum was dedicated to the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and the recognition that China is a major actor in the field of Climate Change negotiations. Three China environment specialists were invited to speak at the US-Asia Institute, including Jennifer L. Turner from the Woodrow Wilson Center, Jane Leggett from the Congressional Research Service, and Taiya Smith
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In China We Trust

On September 25, 2009 the US-Asia Institute held a seminar on U.S.-China economic interdependence. The goal of this seminar, part of a series of discussions regarding China, was to address youth involved with U.S.-China related interests as part of a youth leadership seminar. Speakers Mr. Henry Levine, Senior Director, Stonebridge China Mr. Randall G. Schriver, Co-Founder of Armitage International and Founder
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Asian Development Bank Capitol Hill Forum

On September 8, 2009 the USAI hosted another off-the-record briefing with a guest speaker from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this session, the Honorable Rajat M. Nag, Managing Director General of the ADB spoke on the topic of “The two faces of Asia: Bridging the Gap between High Growth Economics and the Poor”. Speaker Mr. Rajat M. Nag, Managing
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ILF Fellow Capitol Hill Briefing

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) Fellow Capitol Hill Briefing was held to inform ILF fellows on the workings and legislative process of the U.S. Congress. Speakers Mr. Ben Wu, President, US-Asia Institute Mr. Wayne Morrison, Congressional Research Service Details July 20, 2009 US-Asia Institute 232 East Capitol St, NE Washington, DC  

US-Asia Institute 30th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 30 years of strategic partnerships with Asia, the US-Asia Institute hosted its 30th Anniversary Gala at the United Nations in New York on April 23, 2009. Nearly 250 guests joined the Institute to recognize its achievements over the past three decades, and to honor key individuals who have been influential in U.S.-Asia relations and the Asian American community. Details
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Capitol Hill Forum: Rebalancing Asia's Growth

A Capitol Hill Forum on rebalancing Asiafs growth was the topic of a US-Asia Institute briefing on April 14, 2009 at the newly opened U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Guest speaker Dr. Jong-Wha Lee, provided an outline of how the economic recession has affected Asia and offered insight on how to rebalance Asia’s growth. Dr. Lee introduced the annual ADB publication,
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New York Briefing: The Global Economic Crisis

The impact of the financial crisis on the U.S. and Asia and its impact on the U.S.-Asia relationship became the focus of a special New York briefing hosted by the US-Asia Institute in March 2009. With special guests from the Permanent Missions to the United Nations, the luncheon briefing was held at the Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York on
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Capitol Hill Forum: The Workings of the 111th Congress

Bringing together U.S. congressional staff and representatives from the East Asian embassies, the US-Asia Institute hosted a briefing titled, The Workings of the 111th Congress: Insight into the U.S. Legislative Process, which served to inform embassy officials on how to effectively engage members of Congress and their staff. Speakers Mr. Ken Nealy, Senior Appropriations Counsel for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) Mr.
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Lunar New Year Celebration

The US-Asia Institute launched its 30th anniversary year with its annual Lunar New Year celebration. Over 100 embassy officials, congressional staff, and others from the government, public and private sectors came to celebrate the Institute’s first event of the year. Details January 29, 2009 US-Asia Institute 232 East Capitol St, NE Washington, DC Event Summary USAI president Ben Wu gave
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Capitol Hill Forum: National People's Congress Staff Delegation

Staff members from various committees of the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC) gathered for a roundtable forum at USAI to ask questions to staff from the U.S. Congress about the 2008 presidential election less than a week before the historical event took place. Moderated by USAI President Ben Wu, the dialogue consisted of both Republican and Democratic representatives. Speakers Mr.
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Hong Kong's New Youth Forum

Less than a week before the 2008 presidential election, US-Asia Institute President Ben Wu addressed about twenty college students from the Hong Kong Political Training Program who were visiting the U.S. for the program’s 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Study Tour. When asked who they would vote for in the election if they could, the majority of the students chose then-Senator
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Capitol Hill Forum: Foreign Policy and the U.S.-China Relationship

In a small, personalized off-the-record briefing, Mr. Dianzhong Shen, Director of the Institute of Sociology at Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, had the opportunity to ask a number of questions to Congressional staff members from both the Democratic and Republican parties regarding this year’s presidential election. Congressional staff members offered their personal views on issues ranging from the war in
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Asian Development Bank Capitol Hill Forum

Financial markets, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency were all topics of discussion at a special event hosted by the US-Asia Institute, with the Honorable Jin Liqun, Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as its key speaker. Speaker The Honorable Jin Liqun, Vice President, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Details February 27, 2008 US-Asia Institute 232 East Capitol St, NE
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Lunar New Year Celebration

On the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at the US-Asia Institute, Esther G. Kee was honored on her retirement as President of US-Asia Institute. More than 125 guests from the public, private and diplomatic communities came together on February 11, 2008 to honor Esther G. Kee, co-founder of the US-Asia Institute, on her retirement as president of the Institute. Details February
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Capitol Hill Forum: Dr. Bert Hofman

Before arriving in Beijing, Dr. Hofman was Lead Economist at the World Bank Office Jakarta, where he spent more than five years leading a team of professionals focusing on fiscal policy, decentralization, financial sector, poverty analysis, and governance. Prior to Indonesia, he worked for the World Bank on China, Brazil, South Africa, Mongolia, Zambia, and Namibia. He also worked on
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