Dear Friends,


The 100,000 Strong Foundation was delighted to convene yesterday a distinguished group of policy institute leaders for a lively armchair conversation about the current state of US-China relations and what we might expect from next week’s State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Washington. Moderated by ABC’s Ali Weinberg, the discussion featured Kurt Campbell, chairman of CNAS; John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS; Daniel Rosen, founding partner of Rhodium Group; and Neera Tanden, president of CAP. Dr. Steven Knapp, president of The George Washington University and chairman of the 100K Strong Academic Advisory Council, made closing remarks. Many thanks to GWU for hosting us!

The discussion centered around several key challenges in the US-China relationship that will certainly be addressed during the presidential summit: climate change, economic stability, cybersecurity and tensions in the South China Sea. Speakers described the upcoming Summit as a timely opportunity for both countries to address critical issues, particularly on the economic front. As Tanden noted,  “The Xi Summit is an important opportunity for China to communicate a long term strategy for economic growth.” See the news article from China Daily here for more details on the conversation.

Perhaps the overarching theme of the discussion was how the Summit can be used to shift to a more positive narrative for the US-China relationship. Stated Campbell, “Asia and the Pacific are certainly big enough for the US and China. Co-existence is inevitable and necessary.”  Of course, efforts like 100,000 Strong are essential to building mutual trust over the long-term. In that spirit, keep an eye out for new announcements from the Foundation around the Xi visit!

We are deeply grateful to these thought leaders for sharing their insights to help the 100K Strong community better understand the significance and implications of the upcoming summit.



Carola McGiffert
President & CEO