EWI's President and CEO John Edwin Mroz led a high-level U.S. delegation for private talks and meetings with top government officials in China, including Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (l). The delegation was hosted by the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).
The EWI delegation included General James L. Jones USMC (ret.), President and CEO, Institute for Energy, US Chamber of Commerce; General Lance Lord (ret.), former Commander, Air Force Space Command; Ambassador Henry A, Crumpton (ret.), EWI Distinguished Fellow and former Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the US State Department; Mr. Francis Finlay, EWI Board member and Chairman and CEO, Clay Finlay, Inc., and Mr. Joel Cowan, EWI Board member and President, Habersham & Cowan.
The delegation met with representatives of leading Chinese think tanks, including CIIS and the Institute for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University of China. The subjects discussed included energy security, militarization of outer space, international stabilization of Afghanistan, and controls on weapons of mass destruction.
In Beijing the EWI delegation also met with Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, and Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Zhang Zhijun.
The dialogue is part of EWI's broader engagement with Asia, particularly China. EWI has a distinguished history as a trusted convener in Track 2 diplomacy.