EWI President John Mroz and China Program Associate Piin-Fen Kok recently met with China’s Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, to discuss EWI’s China-related work for 2011: the U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue; the High-Level Security Dialogue; cybersecurity; and work on other issues in U.S.-China relations, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
On the topic of the U.S.-China High-Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, Mroz and Kok briefed Minister Yang on the second round of talks, which took place in Washington, D.C, in December 2010. This dialogue was the first ever visit to the United States by a delegation of Communist Party of China (CPC) officials, and they exchanged candid views with a distinguished U.S. delegation led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (D) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard S. Williamson (R).
Minister Yang conveyed his appreciation for EWI’s meaningful contributions to improving U.S.-China relations and noted that many areas would benefit from cooperation between the United States and China.
While in Beijing, Mroz and Kok also met with the U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, and a number of other Chinese government officials, including those at the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC (IDCPC), the National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army (NDU-PLA), and the State Council Information Office (SCIO).