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Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited GPS in November 2016

Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited GPS in November 2016

Policy Conferences

The center hosts policy research conferences, briefings and dialogues where academics, government officials, policy experts, business and community leaders meet to discuss policy-relevant topics related to China and U.S.-China relations.


There are no conferences at this time.

Past Policy Conferences

Digital Currency in China and the Asia Pacific (Virtual)
Feb. 14-15, 2022 | Agenda (PDF)
Organized by the 21st Century China Center and The Atlantic Council Geoeconomics Center
This conference brought together leading policy makers and private sector representatives to discuss the rapidly evolving digital currency landscape across the Asia Pacific region and its implications for the rest of the global financial system.

University Think Tank Dialogue
Competitive Co-Existence and U.S.-China Relations
Oct. 4-5, 2019 | UC San Diego
The relationship between the United States and China is the most important, difficult and vital bilateral relationship in the world today. Given the rapid changes taking place in U.S.-China relations, the question of how to preserve a stable relationship between the two nations while also competing with each other has never been more urgent. This dialogue brought together Chinese and American scholars and policy experts to examine how historical examples of great-power rivalry such as the Cold War can illuminate the U.S.-China dynamics of competition in the age of globalization and economic interdependence. Participants drew upon their research to examine both the lessons of the Cold War and the implications of economic integration for the U.S.-China relations. 

China’s Financial Opening: Risks and Opportunities
Feb. 8-9, 2019 | UC San Diego
The 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego will convene a day-long conference with a mix of market participants, economists, and policy experts to explore these questions and related issues. Conference participants will delve deeply into related questions about the economic benefits, the financial market potentials, and the challenges for foreign financial institutions in China.

California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue
Sept. 28-29, 2018 | Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, Irvine, CA
This year's California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue brought together scholars, policymakers, and industry professionals to consider how China's rising middle class, on the one hand, and shifts in the US labor market from stable to "gig" employment, on the other, intersect with emerging technologies to provide consumer-facing financial products and services, from insurance to consumer loans. The two-day dialogue was jointly organized by Fudan University and University of California San Diego.

California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue
Sept. 12-14, 2016 | Fudan University, Shanghai
The Second California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue gathered prominent Chinese and American business executives, policy experts, scientists and scholars to discuss the state of innovation in California and Shanghai. The two-day conference was jointly organized by Fudan University and UC San Diego. It took place on Fudan University’s campus in Shanghai, welcoming government officials, academics, university leaders, business people, media and students.

"New Developments in China’s Policy Toward Christianity"
July 11-12, 2016 | UC San Diego
This workshop featured an in-depth briefing of China’s new regulations for managing religious activities and the specific implications for Christianity. Experts from China presented on how new religious regulations affect Christian communities, discoursing the relationships between Christianity, the Chinese government and traditions, as well as the impact of Chinese churches on the public good and global Christianity. The presentations were followed by questions and commentary from American scholars and practitioners, concluding with a panel discussion on the future of Christianity in China.

U.S.-China University Think Tank Dialogue on Bilateral Relations
June 24-25, 2016 | Shanghai
The conference brought together university-based and other policy experts from the U.S. and China to engage in deep discussions about bilateral relations, with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding and helping to improve ties between the two countries in the 21st century. The theme of the inaugural meeting in June 2016 was on the domestic influences on U.S.-China relations, covering such topics as the public opinion, economic interests, as well as policy process and legislative politics. Future dialogue themes will include U.S.-China interactions in the Asia Pacific region and global governance and U.S.-China relations.

"South Korea, China and the U.S.: Moving Forward"
March 3, 2016
South Korea has complementary strategic and economic interests with both China and the U.S. However, it also faces difficult political choices with the two countries on a range of issues, including economic integration to North Korea, ballistic missile defenses and human rights. This discussion involved the trilateral relations between the U.S., China and South Korea.

California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue
Feb. 5-6, 2015 
For its inaugural forum, the California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue gathered high-level business, political and academic leaders from California and Shanghai for influential conversations on topics crucial to the development of both regions.

China’s Outbound Direct Investment: Risks and Remedies
Sept. 23 – 24, 2013
This two-day conference gathered leading experts, policymakers, and corporate leaders to examine the latest trends and patterns of Chinese outbound direct investments, regulatory framework and policy environment both in the origin and destination countries, and the implications of rising Chinese outbound direct investment for China’s economic growth and global economy.

Competition, Compliance and Collaboration: China’s Emergence in International Finance

July 10 – 11, 2013
The two-day conference was an in-depth discussion of major issues and challenges in finance and banking that face China, the greater China region and the entire world.

Internationalization of the Renminbi
June 7 – 8, 2012
This two-day conference brought together leading policy experts and economists from China, Hong Kong, Asia, and the U.S. to analyze the logic, dynamics, and the domestic and international ramifications of the internationalization of the RMB.

Renewable Energy
Feb. 3, 2012
This conference provided a forum for leading experts from the U.S., China, and European Union to explore the ongoing dynamics of technology, trade, and policies of renewable energy in their economies.

Delegation from Xiamen University’s Collaborative Innovation Center for Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations visited with scholars at the Center in November 2016Delegation from Xiamen University’s Collaborative Innovation Center for Peaceful Development of Cross-Strait Relations visited with scholars at the Center in November 2016