The U.S.-China High-Level Security Dialogue brings together influential Chinese and American experts to develop common strategies on traditional and non-traditional security challenges. This meeting, the third in the dialogue, was the first EWI-brokered, high-level, semi-official meeting between the two countries since U.S. President Barack Obama took office. It clarified policy approaches between the new U.S. administration and one of its most important strategic partners.

The meeting included frank discussions on pressing global security concerns that require the active engagement of both China and the U.S. Agenda items included:

  • Climate change, carbon emissions and a “green relationship” between China and the U.S.
  • The global financial crisis and its effects on security and social stability
  • Piracy and maritime security
  • Cybersecurity
  • Rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula
  • The stability of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region

The meeting included such high-level participants as:

  • Ambassador Ma Zhengang, EWI board member and President of the China Institute of International Studies
  • C.S. Kiang, Chairman of the Peking University Environment Fund
  • Major General Zhu Chenghu, Director General of the Academic Department of Strategic Studies at China’s National Defense University
  • Senior Colonel Xu Weidi, Professor at the Institute for Strategic Studies at China’s National Defense University
  • Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
  • General T. Michael “Buzz” Moseley, EWI Distinguished Fellow and former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • Karl Rauscher, EWI Distinguished Fellow and Executive Director of Bell Labs Network Reliability & Security Office of Alcatel-Lucent
  • David Kilcullen, EWI Senior Fellow and former adviser to General David Petraeus in Iraq.