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The China 101 Briefing Series

An annual seminar series designed to brief Congressional Staff on salient aspects of the U.S.-China relationship.

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2015 China 101 Briefing Series

Full details for the program available here.

Past briefing events

 2014 China 101 Briefing Series

Session 1: An Introduction to China’s Political System
Monday, June 9, 2014
CRS Moderator: Ben Dolven

Session 2: Introduction to U.S.-China Relations
Monday, June 16, 2014
CRS Moderator: Dr. Michael Martin

Session 3: Environmental and Energy Issues in China
Monday, June 23, 2014
CRS Moderator: Jane Leggett

Session 4: U.S.-China Economic Relations
Monday, July 7, 2014
CRS Moderator: Wayne Morrison

Session 5: Human Rights and Social Issues in China
Monday, July 14, 2014
CRS Moderator: Thomas Lum

Session 6: China and Maritime Territorial Disputes in Asia
Monday, July 21, 2014
CRS Moderator: Ben Dolven

Session 7: The U.S.-China Military to Military Relationship
Monday, July 28, 2014

Certificate Ceremony and Reception
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
6-8 p.m.

 

2013 China 101 Briefing Series

The U.S.-China Working Group, in partnership with the US-Asia Institute, held the China 101 Seminar Series during the summer of 2013.  The eight-session series brought experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of contemporary China and their impacts on a complicated relationship with the U.S.  All sessions will include time for Q&A.

Session 1: Introduction to U.S.-China Relations
Monday, June 3, 2013
CRS Moderator: Susan V. Lawrence

Session 2: The Coming Wave of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the United States
Monday, June 10, 2013
CRS Moderator: Michael F. Martin

Session 3: Human Rights and Social Change in China
Monday, June 17, 2013
CRS Moderator: Thomas Lum

Session 4: Maritime Disputes in Asia
Monday, June 24, 2013
CRS Moderator: Ben Dolven

Session 5: China-US Trade Relations: Challenges and Opportunities
Monday, July 8, 2013
CRS Moderator: Wayne Morrison

Session 6: China’s New Leaders: Assessing Their First Months in Office
Monday, July 15, 2013
CRS Moderator: Susan V. Lawrence

Session 7: Energy and Environment in China
Monday, July 22, 2013
CRS Moderator: Jane Leggett

Session 8: The US-China Military-to-Military Relationship
Monday, July 29, 2013
CRS Moderator: Shirley Kan

China 101 Reception and Certificate Ceremony
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
6:30-8:30 p.m.
US-Asia Institute, 232 East Capitol Street, N.E., Washington, DC

 

2012 China 101 Briefing Series

The US-Asia Institute in partnership with the U.S.-China Working Group and the Congressional Research Service held the China 101 Seminar Series during the summer of 2011.  The six-week series brought experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of contemporary China and impacts on a complicated relationship with the U.S.  Briefings included presentations on related topics by experts in the field along with time for Q&A.

Session 1: An Introduction to China and U.S.-China Relations
Monday, June 4,  2012
Speaker: Jeffrey Bader, The Brookings Institution
CRS Moderator: Susan V. Lawrence, Congressional Research Service

Session 2: Investing in Each Other’s Future? Foreign Direct Investment Flows Between the U.S. and China
Monday, June 18,  2012
Panelists: Yukon Huang, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Pieter Bottelier, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
CRS Moderator: Michael F. Martin, Congressional Research Service

Session 3: The U.S.-China Military-to-Military Relationship
Monday, June 25, 2012
Panelists: Colonel Susan Puska, US Army, Retired
CRS Moderator: Shirley Kan

Session 4: What Challenges Does China’s Economic Model Pose for U.S. Policymakers?
Monday, July 9,  2012
Panelists: Wayne M. Morrison, CRS, and Henry Levine, Albright Stonebridge
CRS Moderator: Ben Dolven

Session 5: Human Rights and Social Change in China
Monday, July 16,  2012
Panelists: John Tai, AECOM, and Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch
CRS Moderator: Thomas Lum

Session 6: China’s Coming Leadership Transition
Monday, July 23,  2012
Speaker: Cheng Li, The Brookings Institution
CRS Moderator: Susan V. Lawrence

 

2011 China 101 Briefing Series

The China 101 Briefing Series for congressional staff was created by the US-Asia Institute in 2011 in partnership with the House of Representatives US-China Working Group, in consultation with the Congressional Research Service.  The six part series was planned with the goal to provide nonpartisan information that would provide a strong foundation for those working on US-China policy in Congress.

One-hundred and sixty individuals participated in the six part series, and sixty-three individuals completed the requirements for the professional development certificate presented at a reception held in September at the US-Asia Institute.

The sessions in the series, held from June 20, 2011 through August 1, 2011, are detailed bellow:

 

Session 1: An Introduction of Issues in the US-China Relationship
Speaker(s):  The Honorable Stapleton Roy, Director, Kissinger Institute; Former Ambassador to China
Moderator:  Dr. Susan Lawrence, Congressional Research Service
Ambassador Roy began Session 1 with an engaging overview of China’s remarkable historic background and followed up with a discussion of China’s political system.  The briefing then concluded with a discussion of the US-China Relationship over the past 20 years and the relevant policies of the Obama Administration followed by a Q&A period.

Session 2: Introduction to China’s Economy
Speaker(s):  Dr. Albert Keidel, Atlantic Council
Dr. Derek Scissors, The Heritage Foundation
Moderator:  Dr. Michael Martin, Congressional Research Service
The second session began with a broad overview of China’s economic history from 1949 to the present.  Also covered in the first part of the panel was a look at the economic divide between the urban and rural areas of China.  This was followed by discussion of the effect of China’s growth rate on the economy and Q&A.

Session 3: Growing Economic Integration Between China and the US: Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker(s):  Dr. Yukon Huang, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mr. Henry “Hank” Levine, Albright Stonebridge Group
Moderator:  Mr. Wayne Morrison, Congressional Research Service
The third session spent time focusing on the economic relationship between China and the U.S.   The discussion centered around the issues that complicate the U.S.-China trade relationship, including China’s industrial policy, lack of IPR protection, and the need for China to rebalance its economy.

Session 4: Climate Change and Energy in China
Speaker(s): Mr. Neelesh Nerurkar, Congressional Research Service
Mr. David M. Kline, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy  Laboratory
Moderator:  Ms. Jane Leggett, Congressional Research Service
The fourth session covered energy and the environment focusing on energy consumption, energy market trends, and energy trade between the US and China.   There was also discussion, particularly during the Q&A, of carbon emissions in China.

Session 5: Human Rights and Social Change in China
Speaker(s):  Dr. Karla W. Simon, Catholic University
Dr. Shawn Shieh, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China Development Brief Editor
Moderator: Dr. Thomas Lum, Congressional Research Service
The first speaker of the fifth session discussed human rights as an issue China had promised to uphold, but still had serious strides to make especially while the government’s present course in this area is one wrought with uncertainty.  The second speaker discussed private entrepreneurs’ effects on Chinese civil society going into the future.

Session 6: China’s Rise: Issues and Possibilities for Collaboration and Partnership
Speaker(s):  Mr. Randall Schriver, Armitage International
Dr. Dan Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute
Moderator:  Ms. Jane Leggett, Congressional Research Service
The sixth session began with a general discussion of the security situation in East and Southeast Asia.  In relation to these security situations China’s anger over the growing U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific was discussed.  The discussion then concluded with a discussion of the factors pushing forward China’s military modernization.