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China's Rising Leaders: 2012 Delegation Visit

In December 2012, NBR assembled the second cohort of eight Chinese rising leaders in business, politics, academia, media, and law, and brought them to the United States to meet with key decision-makers and influential figures in Seattle, New York, and Washington, D.C. Delegates met with many key stakeholders in American foreign policy circles. Highlights of the weeklong visit included:

Seattle, Washington

  • Breakfast roundtable discussion and Microsoft Corporation tour in Redmond
  • Lunch discussion and tour of the Boeing manufacturing plant in Everett
  • Dinner discussion on "China’s Leadership Transition and Local Politics" with Rob McKenna (Washington State Attorney General) and Cheng Li (Brookings Institution) at NBR’s offices hosted by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation
  • Breakfast meeting and tour of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Washington, D.C.

  • Orientation breakfast and roundtable discussion on "U.S.-China Relations" with American China experts hosted by Cheng Li at the Brookings Institution
  • Lunch and roundtable discussion on “Media Perceptions of U.S.-China Relations” hosted by the East-West Center
  • Roundtable on "Congress and the U.S. Political System" with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars experts hosted by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy
  • Meeting with reporters and press representatives at the Pentagon
  • Dinner discussion on "The Future of U.S.-China Relations" with local business leaders hosted by the Ford Motor Company
  • Breakfast roundtable with senior Congressional Staff
  • A private meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kin Moy at the U.S. Department of State
  • Lunch discussion on "Trade Priorities for the 113th Congress" with U.S. government officials and business leaders hosted by Ambassador Carla Hills
  • Conversation with Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-chairs of the U.S.-China Working Group
  • Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Dinner on U.S.-China Trade and Security Relations with NBR's John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies Admiral (Ret.) Thomas B. Fargo with Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI)

New York

  • Roundtable discussion on "China’s Regional Role and Political Transitions Throughout the Region" hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Panel discussion and reception with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy moderated by Ambassador Winston Lord

Photo Gallery


With Advisory Committee Members Cheng Li, David M. Lampton, and Scott Kennedy at the Brookings Institution


With NBR President Rich Ellings and Washignton State Attorney General Rob McKenna at the NBR Seattle headquarters


Outside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kin Moy at the U.S. Department of State


With Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-chairs of the U.S.-China Working Group


Meeting with Congressional staff at the UPS Townhouse


At the Wilson Center, where a roundtable on Congress and the U.S. political system was hosted by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy


With Ambassador Winston Lord in New York


Delegates on a panel with Ambassador Winston Lord


Delegates on a panel discussion hosted by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy


Delegates Jin Liping and Wei Ling at the first Starbucks in Seattle


Delegate Yu Wanli at Pike Place Market in Seattle