October 22-25, 2007


The 2007 Bush China Conference brought together over 600 participants to discuss critical issues in the U.S.-China relationship, including trade, education and energy. Headlined by President George H. W. BUSH, other prominent U.S. speakers included five members of President George W. BUSH’s Cabinet. U.S. Secretary of Treasury Henry PAULSON delivered the keynote address on the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. In conjunction with the conference, U.S. Senators Kay Bailey HUTCHISON (TX-R) and John CORNYN (TX-R) and U.S. Representative Chet EDWARDS (TX-D) co-hosted a reception, with attendees including U.S. Representatives Louie GHOMERT (TX-R), Rubén HINOJOSA (TX-D), Doug LAMBORN (CO-R), Shelia Jackson LEE (TX-D), Nita LOWEY (NY-D), Ted POE (TX-R), F. James SENSENBRENNER (WI-R) and Adrian SMITH (NE-R).
Forum Topics
The conference comprised a series of forums covering various topics over two days, followed by two days of expert roundtable discussions. Forum topics were as follows:
  • Agricultural Sustainability—Platform for Collaboration and Progress 
  • Energy—The Global Transition to a Secure Energy Future 
  • Health—Emerging Health Issues Associated with the Rural-Urban Continuum  
  • Higher Education—Global Universities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities 
  • People-to-People Exchange—Promoting All Aspects of People-to-People Exchanges
  • Security—Evolving and Enhancing Military Relations  
  • Trade and Investment—Achieving Global Partnerships in the 21st Century

Roundtable Discussions

  • 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

Chinese 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: AMD, Amway (China) Co. Ltd., Chevron, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China National Petroleum Corporation, The DOW Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Corporation, J. Willard and Alice S. Marriot Foundation, National Oilwell Varco/Lanzhou LS-National Oilwell Petroleum Engineering, Microsoft, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Westinghouse Electric Company, United Technologies Corporation and UPS.