U.S.-China Diplomatic Dialogue (USCDD)
One of the most challenging aspects of U.S.-China relations today is a fundamental lack of mutual trust. The U.S.-China Diplomatic Dialogue is a track 1.5 dialogue for mid career Chinese and American diplomats that seeks to generate mutual trust and improve U.S.-China relations. It does so by creating an informal atmosphere outside of Washington and Beijing in which participants can establish personal relationships while frankly exchanging their views about bilateral relations.
2014: On October 2-4, the OU Institute for US-China Issues brought together 13 mid-career Chinese and American diplomats in Norman, Oklahoma for the 7th annual US-China Diplomatic Dialogue. The American participants came from the US State Department and the US Treasury and Commerce Departments in Washington, DC, while the Chinese diplomats came from the PRC Embassy in Washington, and from PRC consulates in New York, San Francisco, Los Angelos, Chicago, and Houston. They exchanged views on 1) the domestic politics of US China policy and China’s US policy, 2) climate change and associated economic issues, 3) key bilateral security and political issues, such as cyber/intellectual property, mil-mil, and human rights, and 4) U.S. and Chinese interactions in the Asia-Pacific. They had lunch with OU students on Hester Hall's new back patio, toured the Barry Switzer Center at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and attended the Norman North vs. Jenks High School football game on Friday night.
OU students lunch with PRC and US diplomats on Hester Hall patio:
The Chinese participants were:
- 孙劲 (Sun Jin, Head of delegation), Counselor, PRC Embassy, DC
- 张鹏 (Zhang Peng), PRC Embassy, DC
- 杨刚 (Yang Gang), PRC NYC Consulate
- 汪翔 (Wang Xiang,) PRC SF Consulate
- 冯德恒 (Feng Deheng), PRC LA Consulate
- 李晗 (Li Han), PRC Chicago Consulate
- 王策 (Wang Ce), PRC Houston Consulate
The American participants were:
- Kevin Sheives, State China desk (maritime/regional security)
- Jonathan Freimark, State China desk (cyber, law enforcement trafficking in persons)
- Victoria Gunderson, State China desk (energy)
- Christopher Wong, Commerce (China office)
- Greer Mesiels, Treasury (China office)
- Benjamin (Seth) Bailey (State Economic and Biz affairs bureau’s China bilateral trade officer)
2013: On December 12-14, the OU Institute for US-China Issues and Fudan University brought together 16 mid-career Chinese and American diplomats in Haikou City in Hainan, China for the 6th annual US-China Diplomatic Dialogue. The American participants came from the US Embassy in Beijing, and US consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shenyang. The Chinese diplomats came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. They exchanged views on great power relations, existing dialogue mechanisms and other areas of US-China cooperation and exchange, as well as the major sources of misunderstanding in US-China relations. They also toured a volcanic geopark.
The Chinese participants were:
- Zhu Haiquan (朱海权), Director, Department of North American and Oceanic Affairs
- Guo Jiakun (郭嘉昆), Deputy Director, Policy Planning Department
- Hu Yumin (胡钰旻), Deputy Director, Dept. of North American and Oceanic Affairs
- Tang Chang’an (汤长安), Deputy Director, Department of Personnel
- Peng Zhengwu (彭政武), First Secretary, Information Department
- Li Shipeng (李仕鹏), Second Secretary, Dept. of North American and Oceanic Affairs
- Zhang Buxin (张步新), Second Secretary, Dept. of Latin American & Caribbean Affairs
- Wu Yibo (吴一波), Attaché, Department of North American and Oceanic Affairs
The American participants were:
- Evan Morrisey, U.S. Embassy, Political Section.
- Nina Diaz, U.S. Embassy, Second Secretary, Economic Section.
- Wylita Bell, U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, Public Affairs Section.
- Paul Stahle, U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, Economic Section.
- Paul Baldwin, U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, Outreach Coordinator.
- Patrick Martino, U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, Economic Officer.
- Thanh Kim, U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, Deputy Consular Section Chief.
- William Coleman, U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, Public Affairs Officer.
2012: On April 5-7, the Institute brought together 14 mid-career Chinese and American diplomats in Norman for the 5th annual US-China Diplomatic Dialogue. The American participants came from the State Department, Treasury, and Commerce. The Chinese diplomats came from the PRC Embassy in Washington, as well as consulates in Chicago, LA, SF, Houston, and New York. They exchanged views on political, security, economic, and trade relations, and the sources of trust and mistrust in US-China relations. They also toured the football stadium and attended a Sooners softball game.
2011: On August 4-6, 2011, the OU Institute for US-China Issues and Fudan University brought together 12 Chinese and American diplomats in Yuexi County, Anhui Province for the fourth USCDD, which involved frank discussions of the sources of mutual mistrust in the bilateral relationship. The diplomats also experienced hiking in the mountains of Anhui.
2010: On April 2, 2010, the OU Institute for US-China Issues brought together 12 Chinese and American diplomats in Norman, Oklahoma for the third USCDD. It included one public event:
Conversation with American and Chinese diplomats on U.S.-China relations
12 noon Friday, 2 April 2010; Beaird Lounge, OMU
- 12-12:20. Welcome and opening remarks on U.S.-China relations.
- 12:20-12:40. Informal question & answer session with diplomats.
- This public event is part of the U.S.-China Diplomatic Dialogue, a track 1.5 retreat for mid-career American and Chinese diplomats working on U.S.-China relations.
2008: On the weekend of December 12-14, 2008, the OU Institute for US-China Issues brought together 14 mid-career Chinese and American diplomats for an informal retreat in Guilin, China. The American diplomats came from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, as well as all four of the U.S. consulates around China; the Chinese diplomats all came from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. They exchanged views on Sino-American relations under the newly elected Obama administration, the global financial crisis, and the implications of Ma Ying-jeou’s victory in Taiwan for U.S.-China relations.
2007: On October 3-6, 2007, OU hosted 14 mid-career diplomats from the US State Department and the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the inaugural US-China Diplomatic Dialogue. The first USCDD discussed three issues: 1) Energy security and US-China relations, 2) Confidence Building and Crisis Management in US-China relations, and 3) the Taiwan Issue in US-China relations. Click on the picture below and then "slide show" at the bottom right to view a brief slide show of events.