The Bush China Foundation is a leading voice in constructive conversations on U.S.-China relations. We bring together policymakers, business and community leaders, academics and others for action-oriented discussions on a wide range of topics related to the bilateral relationship. Tackling a diverse range of topics from energy trading to public health to business innovation, among others, the Foundation’s policy conversations highlight critical issues that are under-represented in existing U.S.-China discourse at both the government and non-government levels. Through world-class conferences, innovative policy hackathons and thought-provoking public forums, the Bush China Foundation fosters candid dialogues that generate new insights, innovative ideas and actionable policy recommendations, in order to strengthen relations and collaboration between the two countries among national and subnational officials; in the business and academic communities; and in people-to-people exchanges.
George H. W. Bush Conference on U.S.-China Relations
Honoring President Bush’s U.S.-China relations legacy, the Bush China Conference was launched in 2003 and is the only presidentially named conference focused on U.S.-China relations. The conference brings together Americans and Chinese every few years in various cities across the two countries to examine the challenges and opportunities in the bilateral relationship as well as in regional and global affairs and to brainstorm specific, actionable ways to solve problems and advance the interests of both countries and the world at large.
U.S.-China Policy Hackathon
Keying off the technology innovation concept of a “hack,” the exploratory development of innovative and novel solutions to problem sets, the Bush China Foundation’s U.S.-China Policy Hackathons task diverse teams of experts and stakeholders to compete in developing inventive solutions to pressing policy issues. Pioneered by the Foundation’s programmatic team, the U.S.-China Policy Hackathons are action-oriented, high-energy convenings that bring together U.S. and Chinese experts to work intensively in teams of three to four over a period of several hours to solve a particular policy problem critical to the U.S.-China relationship. The teams’ proposed solutions sets are then judged by a panel of experts before a live audience, who assess which team has devised the most viable idea. Winning teams’ proposals are potential launchpads for future Foundation programs and also are shared in backchannel conversations with our network and interlocutors in Beijing, Washington, DC and at the subnational level with various decision-makers and stakeholders.
Millennial Masterminds of the U.S.-China Relationship
The Bush China Foundation regularly brings together the seminal minds of the U.S. and Chinese millennial generation for forward-looking and outside-the-box discussions on the U.S.-China relationship. Part of the generation born and raised in the 1990s, these exceptionally brilliant and talented individuals come from diverse backgrounds, including academia, policy, business, technology, journalism and law, among others. The Foundation’s Millennial Masterminds program is a platform to highlight millennial perspectives on critical issues in U.S.-China relations and to build lasting relationships among the drivers—or masterminds—of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship in the coming decades.
Forums, Panels and Roundtables
With the aim of fostering thought-provoking and constructive dialogue on critical issues in U.S.-China relations among industry-specific professionals as well as the general public, the Bush China Foundation regularly organizes forums, panel discussions, roundtables and other events. Partnering with international relations organizations, universities, think tanks, chambers of commerce and others, Bush China Foundation forums and roundtables bring new insights, fresh ideas and realistic perspectives into the conversation around U.S.-China affairs.