10th Annual CUS Symposium

The 10th Annual China U.S. Symposium came to a close Saturday following our Keynote Address delivered by Dr. Lyle Goldstein from the US Naval War College. A special thanks to all of our members who organized the event and to all of our speakers who helped make this symposium so memorable. 

We would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions:

Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, CSIS, and Professor at Georgetown, for his David Rawson Memorial lecture addressing the balance of power in the South China Sea and the future of U.S. Chinese relations in the region. 

The Cultural Panel consisting of Simon Lang from the Mercator Institute and Professor Wayne Wenchao He from Rhode Island University for their comparison of education and in the United States and China and its possible effect on future relations between the two countries.

The Business Panel composed of Professor Saikat Chaudhuri from the Wharton School of Business, Senior Lecturer Sharmila Chatterjee from the Sloan School at MIT, and Mark Sullivan from the Boston office of International Trade and Development for their examination of the connection between the U.S and Chinese economies. 

The Regional Panel comprised of William Wise from the John Hopkins Southeast Asia Studies Program, Avery Goldstein, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and Shihoko Goto, the senior Northeast Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center for their analysis of the current political climate in the Western Pacific and the responses from countries around the region to the rising power of China.

The Security Panel consisting of Commander Mike Dahm, Marvin Ott, an Adjunct Lecturer from Johns Hopkins University, and Mathew Weinburg from Booz Allen Hamilton for their examination of cyber security and espionage in the modern era and their insight into events in the South China Sea.


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To Our Honored Guests,

Welcome to the 9th Annual China-U.S. Symposium. This two-day academic conference is held every spring at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Our goal is to foster positive relations between China and the United States, cultivating cooperation and understanding between students and experts from different backgrounds and cultures. We believe in building on the unique crossroads of ideas, experiences and people that characterize Tufts University to promote an atmosphere of deep analysis and critical awareness.

Our theme this year is “Moving Forward,” and the primary aim of this framework is to tackle issues that Sino-US relations experts will be debating on for years to come, namely cybersecurity, Hong Kong and the Umbrella Revolution, International Business and Investment, as well as the growing pollution problem.

This year, the Symposium includes four panels, four breakout sessions, and two keynote addresses. Our speakers have traveled from across the country and across the world, and include policy-makers, practitioners, and academics who specialize in a variety of areas that are critical to China-U.S. relations.

Preparing for this Symposium has been an eight-month long effort involving dozens of students, professors, and members of the Tufts administration. Our success is due to the pure dedication of each of these individuals, and we sincerely thank everyone who has played a role.

Enclosed in this booklet you will find descriptions of each of our events, biographies of our speakers, and more information about the Symposium and our sponsorship.





Cultural Panel: Voices Behind China’s One Child Policy

In the Culture Event hosted in December, SURGE conducted a discussion about the former One-Child Policy in China.

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We were honored to have Ms. Melissa Ludtke, an award-winning journalist and Yankee Quill Award winner, as our guest speaker. During the event, Ms. Ludtke talked about her book and education series: Touching Home in China, which is a project on the influence of the One-Child Policy, and the experience of her own beloved daughter Maya who was adopted from China. In addition to Ms. Ludtke, Jiahe Chi, a Chinese senior and former member of SURGE, shared his insights on how the policy changed the lifestyle and perspectives of urban and rural populations in China.

2015 Tufts China U.S. Symposium:Common Ground is Officially Over & Thanks!

The 2015 Tufts China U.S. Symposium:Common Ground has come to a close.

A Huge Thank you from the whole SURGE Team to all of our amazing speakers, attendees and Hemispheres: The Tufts University Journal of International Affairs for all of their insight, participation and help!

Another huge thank you to the entire SURGE planning committee and our Director Sean Gunn and our Deputy Director Joe Mark for their great leadership and amazing help in coordinating the symposium!Continue reading “2015 Tufts China U.S. Symposium:Common Ground is Officially Over & Thanks!”

The 2015 Tufts China U.S. Symposium: Common Ground Has Begun!! Live Stream Available!

The 2015 Tufts China U.S. Symposium: Common Ground Has Begun!!

We hope that you can make it today and tomorrow for this great learning opportunity!

If you cannot physically make it, check out our Live Stream from our Youtube Channel! Follow our Channel for updates and more videos in the future!


Tufts 2015 China U.S. Symposium Starts Tomorrow April 10th!

The Tufts 2015 China U.S. Symposium Starts Tomorrow April 10th!! Come by the Fletcher School’s Cabot Auditorium for our Panels and Speakers!

The Symposium will begin at 12pm tomorrow, we hope you can make it!!

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Check out some pictures from our Cannon Painting last night in front of Goddard Chapel!

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Two Days until the Symposium and Daily Article

Only two days until the 2015 Tufts China U.S. Symposium!! Check out today’s issue of the Tufts Daily to read Patrick McGraths article for an inside scoop on SURGE’s China U.S. Symposium!!