Pre-2015 Symposiums

2014 China-U.S. Symposium: “Engagement”


From April 17-19, 2014, the Tufts China-U.S. Symposium explored Engagement in the context of China-U.S. Relations. As China’s power grows, albeit in uncertain ways, how and with whom this Asian giant engages is critical. These questions were examined from various perspectives – including from an economic, social, and security stand point – throughout our panels, keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and other complementary events.


  • “United States’ Pivot to Asia and Asia’s Response”
  • “China and the U.S. in Africa”
  • “Military and Cyber Security”, and
  • “Foreign Media Perceptions”

Breakout sessions:

  • “China’s Strategy in Territorial Conflict Since 2000”,
  • “Burma Ethnic Political Landscape: China’s Relation with Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)”,
  • “A Discussion in Divergence in Chinese and American Views on North Korea”, and
  • “Beyond U.S. Hegemony: China’s Place in a Multipolar World”

Notable speakers:

  • Daniel R. Russel (Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  • David Shinn (George Washington University and former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and to Burkina Faso)
  • Zhu Feng (Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University)

The Seventh Annual China-U.S. Symposium was made possible with the support of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES), the Tufts Community Union (TCU), the Tufts Asian Studies Program, and the Office of the President.

Download the 2014 CUS Program book.

2013 China-U.S. Symposium

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The 2013 China-US Symposium sought to examine the role of trust in the economic, security, and cultural relationship between China and the United States in the context of an interconnected and quickly-changing world. This relationship has often been defined by its mix of deep interdependence as well as strategic rivalry, with dramatically varying levels of trust in different arenas and different eras. Today, trust or its absence can push the whole world toward prosperity or penury, peace or war, and harmony or hostility.

The sixth annual China-US Symposium examined the impact of trust on the bilateral relationship in several different venues. The conference centered on four panels dealing with Internet freedom, the Korean peninsula, military security, and Chinese investments in the United States. The symposium also included three keynote speakers, several options for interactive breakout sessions, and two professional networking events.

2012 China US Symposium


For our fifth annual symposium, we explored how the 2012 leadership transitions in China and the United States would affect their economic, security, legal, and diplomatic relations and interests. Four panels focused on the facets of China-US relations.

David Rawson Memorial Lecture 

Joseph Fewsmith, Director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Asia; Professor of International Relations and Political Science

Panel 1: The Role of Law in Political Reform – Rule of Law in Development

Jamie Horsley, Deputy Director of the China Law Center and Lecturer in law at Yale Law School

Margaret Woo, Professor of Law at Northeastern University

Jacques Delise, Professor of Chinese Politics and Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School  

Panel 2: 2012– 20 years after Deng Xiaoping– Economics and Business

Jeffrey Rosenberg, Chairman of AZ Investment Management and Adjunct Lecturer at the Fletcher School

William Kirby, Director of the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

William A. Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council

Panel 3: America’s “Return to Asia” and China’s Broadening Pacific Power – Military Security

Nan Li, Professor at the China Maritime Studies Institute of the U.S. Naval War College

Michael Beckley, Research Fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard University, Incoming Tufts Professor of International Relations of East Asia

Andrew Erickson, Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College

Panel 4: Engagement with China – Diplomacy, Negotiation, and Dispute Resolution

Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China

Sung-Yoon Lee,  Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School

Xuedong Wang, Associate Professor of International Politics, Sun Yat-Sen University


Friday March 9th, 2012 

11:30am: Symposium Registration
1:00pm: Opening remarks
1:15pm: Rawson Memorial Lecture Keynote
2:00pm : Panel 1 Law, Development, and Environment
4:00pm: Break
4:30pm: Panel 2 Economics

Saturday March 10th           

10:15am: Opening Remarks
10:30am: Panel 3 Military Security
12:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Panel 4 Engagement
2:30pm: Concluding Remarks

Thank you to all who made the 5th Annual Tufts China-US Symposium a stellar success!

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