By any measure, the strategic and economic importance of the Asia-Pacific to the global community has grown significantly in recent years. Yet, relations between the region’s two most critical players, China and the United States, remain challenging, and potential flashpoints between the two nations and among neighboring countries in the region abound. Tensions and hotspot issues range from instability on the Korean peninsula and U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea to the territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea. China and the United States share one of the most strategically important relationships in the world and must work together with other key players in the Asia-Pacific to solve challenges to regional and world security.

Since 2006, EWI has created opportunities for China and the United States to work together and today also works in Japan and Southeast Asia, building trust by fostering greater understanding. The institute engages with political, military and academic leaders across the region, facilitating highly constructive official and semi-official dialogues between China, the United States and other key Asia-Pacific nations.

  • EWI IMPACT: Critical in building understanding between the political party leaders in the United States and China, convening the first ever U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue (P2P) between Communist Party of China officials and the U.S. Democratic and Republican National Committees.
  • EWI NOW: EWI brings top American and Chinese leaders together, convening annually the only three-party dialogue between the U.S. Democratic and Republican Parties and the Communist Party of China and regularly building engagement between senior retired U.S. and Chinese military officers. EWI is at the forefront of exploring new avenues for collaboration between the United States and China, co-organizing the first ever conference on U.S.-China infrastructure cooperation.