Brookings and Sunnylands host third U.S.-China Leaders Forum

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


BEIJING – The Brookings John L. Thornton China Center and The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands hosted the third U.S.-China Leaders Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and Jinhai Lake Resort in Beijing, China from May 11 to May 13, 2018.

The Forum, which was held in China for the first time and sponsored locally by Tsinghua University, brought together a select group of participants that included high-level policymakers, business entrepreneurs, innovators, military strategists, scholars, and public intellectuals to develop and promote ideas for increased collaboration between the two countries.

As the result of Forum discussions on the state of U.S.-China relations, economic and trade ties, regional and global security, and technological innovation and artificial intelligence, participants developed policy recommendations that will be shared with leaders in both countries with the goal of ensuring that the bilateral relationship continues to move forward despite significant tensions on various fronts.

Forum participants also networked with a wide array of government and business leaders and scholars from both countries at a luncheon at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang provided keynote remarks. This gathering was followed by two days of private discussions at Jinhai Lake. As part of the Forum, American participants also had the opportunity to meet with the vice president of China, Wang Qishan, who provided an historical perspective on recent developments in the U.S.-China relationship.

Participants and guest speakers taking part in the third U.S.-China Leaders included:

  • John Allen, President, The Brookings Institution
    Marc Allen, President, Boeing International
    Sarah Beran, Economic Counselor, Embassy of the United States in China
    Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China
    Deng Feng, Founding Managing Director, Northern Light Venture Capital
    Ding Jian, Managing Partner, GSR Ventures
    Fang Xinghai, Vice Chairman, China Securities Regulatory Commission
    Fu Ying, Vice Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National People’s Congress
    Paul Gewirtz, Director, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale Law School
    Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    Bruce Jones, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution
    Mark Kirk, Former Senator, State of Illinois
    David Lane, President, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
    Cheng Li, Director, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
    Qiu Yong, President, Tsinghua University
    Harry Shum, Executive Vice President for Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft
    John Thornton, Chairman, The Brookings Institution; Chairman, Barrick Gold
    Dennis Wilder, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Asian Affairs, NSC
    Yang Bin, Vice President and Provost, Tsinghua University
    Jerry Yang, Founding Partner, AME Cloud Ventures; Founder, Yahoo Inc.
    Yao Yunzhu, Major general (retired); Former Director, Center on China-American Defense Relations
    Yi Gang, Governor, People’s Bank of China
    Zhang Chi, Chairman, SINOM Group