UC San Diego Forum on U.S.-China Relations

The UC San Diego Forum on U.S.-China Relations is the first ongoing high-level forum focused entirely on the U.S.-China relationship. It takes advantage of UC San Diego’s location on the Pacific and the depth of China expertise at the 21st Century China Center at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Its purpose is to convene an independent and sustaining community of thought leaders and policy experts to foster creative thinking on how to advance U.S.-China relations and bridge the growing gap between Washington, D.C. and Beijing, China.


The second forum will be held in La Jolla, California from Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2020. Check out the China Forum website for the participants.

The forum invites the public to attend the talk titled “Between Competition and Cooperation: The Future of the U.S.-China Relationship” on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Register here.


The inaugural forum was held in La Jolla, California from August 12–16, 2019. The Forum was by invitation only. Chatham House rules were applied at the forum to ensure maximum candor from all participants.

15 Key Takeaways (PDF)

Public Event

Finding a New Equilibrium: Insights on U.S.-China Ties from High-Level Practitioners
Aug. 12, 2019
Informed by their rich personal experiences working with China at the highest levels, speakers from the inaugural UC San Diego Forum on U.S.-China Relations offered insights into how the U.S. and China can restrain competitive excesses, sustain cooperative energies and work out a modus vivendi given their increasingly divergent interests in the 21st century.

Media Coverage

Former National Security Advisors and Chinese Consul General To Open UC San Diego Forum On US-China Relations
Aug. 12, 2019, Susan Shirk, featured on KPBS Midday Edition

Democrats need to stop running scared on foreign policy
Aug. 13, 2019, David Ignatius, The Washington Post

Generational clash emerges among U.S. experts in China policy debate
Aug. 17, 2019, Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post