A roundtable discussion, featuring Vietnam Minister of Industry and Trade (MOIT) – the Honorable Tran Tuan Anh – and his delegation was held on September 30, 2019 in Washington DC. Hosted by the US-Asia Institute, in collaboration with VinaCapital GreenPower Generation, the roundtable included key American businesses who participated in a discussion of opportunities for cooperation in the fields of energy electricity and minerals to strengthen the relationship for investment and trade between Vietnam and the U.S.
More than 10 Congressional staff, Members and friends of USAI attended a special Fall Reunion Reception on September 24, 2019 in Washington DC. The US-Asia Institute hosted this China delegation reunion reception welcoming back CPIFA #125, NPC #15, NPC#16 and Members #10. The reception also served as another important platform for past delegates who have traveled to China with USAI to reconnect.
On August 20th, the US-Asia Institute celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing. It hosted a forum with four congressional delegations hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and the National People’s Congress.
On July 30, 2019, USAI hosted a roundtable discussion with top Chinese scholars and members from US legislative communities to converse over a series of critical issues influencing US-China relations. Participants include Dr. Jin Canrong, the state-honored Chang Jiang Scholar professor and the Associate Dean with School of International Studies from Renmin University.
To celebrate the success and conclusion of this year’s Thai American National Internship Program, a reception was held at the Royal Thai Embassy to recognize the TANIP students, their internship offices, and supporters of the program. The Chargé d’Affaires, Ms. Boosara Kanchanalai, presented students with their certificates of achievement. The four TANIP students also had the opportunity to speak about their experiences and share what they learned through the program and their internships.
JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA RELATIONS THROUGH A TRILATERAL LENS
Speakers: Mindy Kotler, Asia Policy Point & Dennis Halpin, ICAS Institute for Corean-American Studies
Date: Monday, July 22, 2019
In this briefing, Korea expert Dennis Halpin, Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS), and Japan expert Mindy Kotler, Asia Policy Point, discussed the dynamic relationship between Japan and South Korea.
The briefing opened with Jeremy Haldeman, USAI Congressional Circle Member, who introduced the panelists. Mindy Kotler walked the audience through a detailed history of Japan and South Korea’s relationship leading up to the current tensions between the two nations. Dennis Halpin further elaborated on the current problems facing Japan and Korea relations, and how these problems are rooted in their complicated past. Over 100 people attended the briefing, highlighting the importance of this key relationship for the Washington, DC community.
On July 18th, the US-Asia Institute celebrated its 40th Anniversary at a special reception in Washington DC. The evening brought together friends from the diplomatic & congressional communities, participants from USAI’s international exchanges and friends from the corporate world.
This event has launched a series of celebrations world wide, in Washington, DC, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
USAI was proud to have partnered with Schwarzman Scholars on June 19 for their Young Leaders Admissions & Alumni Reception.
On Tuesday June 11th, USAI had a wonderful lunch with members of CPIFA (Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs). USAI Chairman Glenn Lau-Kee was delighted to have the chance to welcome The Honorable Zhang Min and to express USAI’s thanks for CPIFA’s important work in China.
On July 15th, USAI complete the ninth year of its China 101 congressional briefing series. China 101 provides unique insight into timely topics in US-China relations for congressional staff, featuring speakers with firsthand knowledge of China. This series included 6 one-hour session focused on key areas of interest to US policymakers and their advisors, offering congressional staff the opportunity to hear from and interact with diverse experts. Those who attended at least three of the six sessions received a professional development certificate in recognition of their participation.
China 101 is organized by the US-Asia Institute, in cooperation with the US-China Working Groups from the US Senate and House of Representatives. We would like to thank them for their support!
CHINA 101 BRIEFINGS 2019 SCHEDULE
June 3 | Understanding China: Its Past, Its Leaders, and Its Policies
Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute at the Wilson Center
13:00 - 14:00, 2167 Rayburn
June 10 | US-China Economic Interconnectivity
Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council
13:00 - 14:00, 902 Hart
June 17 | One Country, Two Systems: Understanding Hong Kong
Michael F. Martin, Ph.D., Specialist in Asian Affairs for the Congressional Research Service
Robert Keatley, Former Editor of the South China Morning Post and Wall Street Journal Asia
13:00 - 14:00, 2167 Rayburn
June 24 | Can China Become the World’s Green Leader?
Jennifer L. Turner, Ph.D., Director of the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center
13:00 - 14:00, 902 Hart
July 8 | Chinese Influence Abroad
David Dollar, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in the China Center, Brookings Institute & Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program, Stimson Center
13:00 - 14:00, 2167 Rayburn
July 15 | Difficult Conversations: Taiwan & Xinjiang Minxin Pei, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College & James Millward, Ph. D., Professor of Inter-societal History, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Science 13:00 - 14:00 902 Hart
July 18 | China 101 Reception for participants to pick up their professional development certificates.
18:30 - 20:30
May 30th, 2019 | The US-Asia Institute had a wonderful time at Embassy Day, and event at Rayburn HOB hosted by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA). We showcased alongside the nations of Australia, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and with the cultural and economic office of Taipei. This event was an excellent opportunity to meet with Congressional Staff, inform people about the US-Asia Institute, and learn more about the cultures of countries we showcased with.
The US-Asia Institute welcomes the 14th National People’s Congress delegation to China back to the United States. Congressional staffers traveled in China from June 28 through July 7 and visited Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. The delegation was specifically focused on the energy and agriculture sectors of China. Throughout the trip, delegates attended high level meetings with leaders in government and business. They also deepened their understanding of China through enriching cultural experiences at places like the Great Wall, Gu gong, Jiulong, and on the Beijiang River.
On May 15th, 2019, the US-Asia Institute’s Global Leadership Board hosted a round table luncheon titled “Improving US-Indonesia Relations Through Soft Power” on Capitol Hill.
On May 2, 2019, the US-Asia Institute and AmCham China participated in a reception with Congressional advisors.
USAI and Diageo co-sponsor a networking reception and Asian brand tasting.
On April 5, 2019, USAI hosted a breakfast briefing for scholars from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and Congressional staffers.
USAI co-sponsors a briefing held by the China Development Student Think Tank at George Washington University
The US-Asia Institute welcomed the fourth delegation from the IMPACT! Leadership Training and Exchanges for Mongolia’s Emerging Leaders Program from March 25-29, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
The US-Asia Institute hosted a lunch briefing for scholars from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) on March 6, 2019.
Scholars from the Henan Administrative Institute (HAI) recently visited the Wilson Center to understand the work of American think tanks in Washington, DC.
The US-Asia Institute hosted a New Congressional Staff Briefing on Asian Affairs on January 17, 2019 to provide new Congressional staffers a broad overview about current events and trends in Asia and US-Asia relations.