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George H. W. Bush Conference on U.S.-China Relations

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November 14-17, 2005

Beijing | China

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

DAI Bingguo
Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vice Chairwoman, China Association for Science and Technology  

LIAO Xiaoqi
Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce 

QIAN Qichen
Former Vice Premier, State Council of the People’s Republic of China 

SU Nin
Vice Governor, People’s Bank of China  

XU Kuangdi
Former Vice Chairman, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Former Mayor, City of Shanghai

U.S. Delegates

In addition to President George H. W. BUSH, U.S. delegates to the conference included the following:

Joseph J. JEN
Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics, Department of Agriculture 

Executive Director, George H. W. Bush Presidential Library  

United States Trade Representative  

Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce  

Governor, State of California

Former National Security Advisor


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.