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

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May 11-13, 2015

HOUSTON, TEXAS | UNITED STATES

The 2015 Bush China Conference focused on the critical role of the United States and China in preventing, preparing for and responding to emerging infectious diseases and pandemics. Topics revolved around the capability of public health infrastructure to respond to infectious disease threats and the development of an integrated, resilient and global strategy that includes environmental monitoring, disease detection, prevention and medical response. XU Kuangdi, president of the China-U.S. Peoples Friendship Association and former mayor of Shanghai, delivered the keynote address. Over 500 scholars, business leaders and others attended the two days of plenary sessions and one day of roundtable discussions focused on the following topics:

  • The Ebola Outbreak: Insights from the Front Line
  • Intersection of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Health: A Global Perspective on Clean Air, Safe Food and Water  
  • Monitoring Health Remotely: Implications for Outbreak Epidemiology to Improving Chronic Health Conditions  
  • National Strategies for Readiness and Resilience 
  • New Frontiers in Anti-Infective Natural Products: Science, Regulation and Opportunities for Commercial Translation 
  • Public Health Preparedness in the Developing World: How do China and the United States Provide Leadership?
  • Novel Technologies for Combating Tuberculosis in China, the United States and around the Globe 
  • The Role of Corporate Programs in Global Health Preparedness and Response  

Chinese Delegates

Chinese delegates to the conference included the following:

CUI Tiankai
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States 

FANG Weigang
Vice President, Peking University Health Science Center  

FENG Zijian
Deputy General Director, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

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

LIU Qian
Vice Minister, National Health and Family Planning Commission


U.S. Delegates

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

Kim BUSH
Director, Life Sciences Partnerships, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation  

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

Tom FRIEDEN
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Brett GRIOR
CEO and Professor of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center  

Paul HAENLE
Director, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy  

Annise PARKER
Mayor, City of Houston  

Robert ROBBINS
President and CEO, Texas Medical Center

Michael K. YOUNG
President, Texas A&M University


Sponsors

Special thanks to our conference sponsors including American Pacific International Capital, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bank of China, China America Low Carbon Energy Fund, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China National Petroleum Corporation, China-United States Exchange Foundation, CIIC, Cisco, Ed Rachal Foundation, Fazheng Group, Fluor, Huawei Technologies, Gaosheng Wealth Investment Management, Johnson & Johnson, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Sinopec, Starr Foundation, Texas Medical Center and Texas A&M Health Science Center.