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George H. W. Bush Conference on U.S.-China Relations

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October 21-23, 2009

Beijing | China

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, the 2009 Bush China Conference brought together over 400 political, commercial and academic leaders from the two countries to discuss issues of mutual interest. Plenary session and roundtable discussions focused on the following:

  • The Chinese are Coming: China’s Foreign Direct Investment in the United States  
  • Cross-National Comparison and Development of Equitable and Effective School Leadership Practices 
  • Discovery and Conservation of Underwater Heritage
  • Environmental Pollution, Food Safety and Infectious Diseases in the Rural-Urban Continuum: New Emerging Challenges and Collaboration between the United States and China  
  • Future Challenges in Energy Engineering  
  • Grand Strategy and U.S.-China Relations  
  • Long-Term Disaster Recovery and Resiliency in the United States and China: Toward a Framework for Comparative Disaster Research  
  • Securing the Legacy of the International Polar Year Through U.S.-China Cooperation
  • Tuberculosis Epidemiology and Emerging Drug Resistance  
  • U.S.-China Bioenergy: A Sustainable Future through Bioenergy and Biomass Usage  
  • U.S.-China Programs and Fungal Genetics and Plant Pathogenesis  
  • Women and HIV in China

Chinese Delegates

Chinese delegates to the conference included the following:

LI Xiaolin
Vice President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries  

MA Xiuhong
Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce  

XIONG Guangkai
Chairman, China Institute for International Strategic Studies; Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff, People’s Liberation Army

XU Kuangdi
Former Vice Chairman, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Former Mayor, City of Shanghai 

YANG Jiechi
Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


U.S. Delegates

U.S. delegates to the conference included the following:

Neil BUSH
Founder and Chairman, George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations 

David DOLLAR
Economic and Financial Emissary to China, Department of Treasury  

Barbara FRANKLIN
Former Secretary of Commerce  

Jon HUNTSMAN, Jr.
Ambassador of the United States to the People’s Republic of China  

Bowen LOFTIN
President, Texas A&M University

Daniel PONEMAN
Deputy Secretary of Energy  

Brent SCOWCROFT
Former National Security Advisor 


Sponsors

Special thanks to our conference sponsors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Cisco, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China National Petroleum Corporation, Confucius Institute, The Dow Chemical Company, IBM, Leadership Management International, Mary Kay Inc., Mobley Group Pacific Ltd. and RHR International.