Organized by the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations and The Aspen Institute’s Arts Program, along with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the United States Embassy in Beijing, the Forum was intended to provide a platform for lively inquiry and begin a conversation between the two countries about their values, aspirations and achievements in the spirit of mutual understanding.


About Asia Society: Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States. The Society seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.

About The Aspen Institute: The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.

About Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries:The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), founded in 1954, is a national organization engaged in people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries around the world. Its mission is to enhance peoples’ friendship, promote international cooperation, safeguard world peace and achieve common development. By the end of 2010, it has fostered friendly relations with nearly 500 organizations in 148 countries.








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