Past Events on Capitol Hill
For summaries and multimedia from all past events, see: Events Archive.
U.S.-China Trade and Economic Relations
On February 22, 2017, a staff briefing held at Rayburn House Office Building on U.S.-China Trade and Economic Relations was hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.
China is the largest provider of U.S. imports and one of the largest markets for U.S. exports. It also owns a large portion of U.S. debt and contributes significantly to the U.S. global trade deficit. In addition, China itself is in a period of economic change, which also affects global markets. This briefing addressed the challenges and opportunities in the U.S.-China economic and trade relationship as well as in the Chinese economy in 2017.
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Naval Analyses
Anthony M. Lardy Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Partner, Allen & Overy
The First 100 Days: U.S.-China Relations in the Trump Administration
On January 11, 2017, a staff briefing held at Rayburn House Office Building on The First 100 Days: U.S.-China Relations in the Trump Administration was hosted by NBR and the US-China Business Council (USCBC) in conjunction with the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group.
The incoming administration of Donald Trump has signaled potential shifts in policy for the U.S. relationship with China. An understanding of China's economic, security, and developmental goals is crucial in crafting informed U.S. policy that engages China in the context of the broader geopolitical considerations. China will also adjust its policies to predict and react to the new administration. This briefing provided staffers with an overview of major issues in the U.S.-China relationship and outline the factors and contours that will shape U.S.-China relations in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.
Senior Vice President, U.S.-China Business Council
Susan V. Lawrence
Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Senior Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart
Senior Director, Political and Security Affairs, The National Bureau of Asian Research
This briefing is supported in part by the generous contribution of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
Engaging Asia 2015: Pacific Power: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in Asia
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) at a September 2015 event on Capitol Hill.
House speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a September 2015 event on Capitol Hill.
Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) at a September 2015 event on Capitol Hill.
Kapil Sharma (Wipro LLC), Clara Gillispie (NBR), Mark Brunner (Office of Senator Mark Warner D-VA; Senate India Caucus), and Ichiro Abe (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; Japan External Trade Organization, New Delhi) analyze India’s IP and innovation policies at a March 2015 event on Capitol Hill.
Li Bin (Embassy of the People’s Republic of China) and Mikkal Herberg (NBR) discuss how China is reshaping its energy mix at a November 2014 Capitol Hill event.
Senate India Caucus
The Senate India Caucus is a bipartisan coalition that collaborates with Indian government officials and the Indian-American community to support U.S.-India relations. The caucus was founded in 2004 by Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D–NY). In 2004, the Senate India Caucus was the upper chamber’s only country-specific caucus, and with forty members, it is still the largest country-specific caucus. Today, Senator Cornyn and Senator Mark Warner (D–VA) serve as co-chairs. NBR has worked with the caucus since its founding, organizing briefings and publishing monthly interviews with experts on India-U.S. relations.
U.S.-China Working Group
The U.S.-China Working Group seeks to strengthen U.S. dialogue with China. The group hosts monthly briefings to hear from key business, academic, and political leaders about U.S.-China issues ranging from trade and maritime security to energy cooperation. NBR has chaired the Academic Advisory Group for the Working Group since its founding in 2005. The House U.S.-China Working Group is co-chaired by Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL). The Senate U.S.-China Working Group is co-chaired by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
Senate Chiefs of Staff Foreign Affairs Study Group
NBR and the Council on Foreign Relations have co-organized exclusive, private dinner discussions for all Senate chiefs of staff since 2005. Co-convened by the chiefs to Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), these dinners provide an off-the-record venue for Senate chiefs to engage with experts on critical foreign policy issues. Experts in 2015 included former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, former Congressman Vin Weber, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, and deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams, and International Justice Mission Vice President Philip Langford.
Given the increasingly tremendous importance of the Asia-Pacific region on economic, political, and security issues, the role of Congress and academia in shaping U.S. foreign policy continues to grow. Engaging Asia is a comprehensive initiative that encourages integrated high-level discussion on Capitol Hill by convening experts to provide analysis and policy recommendations for future U.S. engagement with the region.
The Strategic Asia Program aims to strengthen and inform strategic and policy decisions by providing innovative research on challenges and opportunities for U.S. national interests in the Asia-Pacific region.