November 14-17, 2005


The 2005 Bush China Conference convened in Beijing at various venues across the city, including Peking University, the China University of Geosciences and the National Academy of Education Administration. The first two days of the conference featured plenary sessions focused on reviewing and discussing ways to advance diplomatic, security, economic and scientific relations between the two countries. The latter two days comprised roundtable discussions that aimed to build partnerships in science and technology and to promote research and educational exchange.


President George H. W. Bush and former Vice Premier of the Chinese State Council QIAN Qichen delivered keynote addresses. On the second evening of the conference, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John MAJOR joined President Bush for an informal discussion on the importance of relations with China. Over 400 academics, business leaders and others came together for the roundtable discussions focused on the following:
  • Altered Landscape and Environmental Response to Transformations (ALERT)-2: Coastal Monitoring, Preservation and Restoration  
  • China Archive/China Survey  
  • Critical Roles and Administrative Competencies in Building Institutional Research Capacity  
  • Crop Improvement through Biotechnologies (CITB)  
  • Deepwater Offshore Technology
  • East Asia and the United States in the Age of Globalization  
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases in China  
  • Environmental Concerns and Birth Defects Research in China   
  • Gender Policy and HIV in China  
  • Higher Education Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer
  • Information Technologies and Applications  
  • Learning and Growth of New Technology Ventures in China’s High Technology Industries  
  • Quality of Life Issues in Contemporary Chinese Cities: The Impacts of Rapid Growth and Change in the Form of Neighborhoods and Housing  
  • The Role of Non-Conventional Hydrocarbons in Meeting the Growing Energy Demand  
  • Treatment of Eye Diseases with Chinese Herbs and Their Active Principles
  • U.S.-China Collaboration on Green Food and Agro-Produce Pathway (GFP) to Expedite Bilateral and International Agro-Trades  
  • Wetland Conservation, Nature-Based Tourism and Rural Economic Development 

Chinese Delegates

  • Bioenergy Development, Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Security
  • U.S.-China Polar Region Partnerships: The International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Beyond
  • Deepwater Technology Workshop
  • Developing Institutional and Program Capacity in Student Affairs
  • Development of Biological Tools to Sustain Crop Productivity
  • Electric Energy for the 21st Century: U.S.-China Research and Development Needs
  • Environmental Pollution and Metabolic Syndrome: Emerging Challenges and Future Collaboration between the United States and China

U.S. Delegates

CHEN Zhaobo
Independent Director, State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation

DING Jingong
Deputy Chief, Foreign Affairs Office, Ministry of National Defense 

LI Xiaolin
Vice President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

LI Zhaoxing
Former Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MA Zhenggang
President, China Institute of International Studies

Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce 

ZHOU Wenzhong
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States


Special thanks to our conference sponsors: Caterpillar Inc., China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, China National Petroleum Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, FedEx, Hotung Fund, IBM, Microsoft China, Sprint, Sinopec, Starr Foundation and Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area.