A rational discussion about the future of
US-China relations

It’s time for a new approach to one of the central drivers of the 21st century.

The US-China Series is a sequence of events designed to provide a forum for thoughtful debate and critical dialogue. Our Mission: To forge a deeper and long lasting understanding on how two different economic and political models can see through their differences for the benefit for the world at large

The world’s foremost experts will convene to delve into issues like Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Bilateral Investment, Trade Policy, Health and Medicine, and National Security and Diplomacy in an effort to provide a sensible, wide-ranging and nuanced discussion on how to move forward.

The future of the most important relationship of the 21st century is not limited to the Washington Beltway. Business leaders, policy makers, institutional investors and academics from across  the country are joining the US-China Series – all have a strong vested interest in solving critical issues. Only with diversity of thought can true progress be made. This isn’t an intellectual exercise. This is about solutions for business and policy prescriptions for government.

Upcoming Conference:
January 15, 2020
Seattle, WA
*future events planned for San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas

Core Issues

Trade Policy

While the economic and diplomatic challenges facing the United States and China are wide ranging, trade remains the central issue and political hotbed in both countries. With globalization under threat, the rules of engagement that have benefitted billions of people are being challenged.

Bilateral Investment

As the trade dispute has morphed into a broad remaking of the entire economic relationship, bi-lateral capital flows are becoming the next source of tension. From Chinese ownership of US treasuries to the listing of China’s leading companies on US exchanges, the interdependence of both countries regarding investment flows is subject to increasing skepticism.

Health and Medicine: New Models for Collaboration

Reevaluating the US-China relationship means understanding the growing role of China in health, well-being and other essential global goals, in collaboration with US institutions. Combining technology from the US with the low-cost, rapid commercialization capability of China is a successful model to scale up effective and affordable solutions for all.

Artificial Intelligence

The United States and China are in the midst of an arms race for dominance in artificial intelligence. China’s state sponsored approach utilizes the power of technology powerhouses Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to drive forward their agenda, while the United States is relying on the power of the free market and their own tech behemoths to take machine learning and AI to every facet of daily life.

Cyber Security

Data is now a critically important part of national security, and countries that successfully utilize and protect their data will be in a position to dominate the geopolitical landscape. Are we destined for a bifurcated world of technology because of a lack of trust, or can the US and China work together for the common good?.

National Security & Diplomacy

China’s economic rise has led to claims about a new kind of military rival to the United States not seen since the Soviet Union. As the complexity of the digital age changes the nature of conflict and cooperation, the United States and China are central to a quickly evolving world order.

Series Organizers

Kristi Heim

Paul Krake

Michael Rawding

Samm Sacks

Matthew Shapiro


Sponsor opportunities are available, beginning with Table sponsorship. Table sponsors start at $5,000 and include ten guests, table signage, as well as acknowledgement in US-China’s printed materials for the Seattle event. Table sponsorship for the entire US-China Series starts $17,500 and include the acknowledgments mentioned above for each of the four events.

For more information on the full range of sponsor opportunities, please contact info@uschinaseries.org


The Washington State China Relations Council is the nation’s leading statewide organization dedicated to building stronger commercial, educational, and cultural connections with China to improve mutual understanding. Founded in 1979 following the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the Council includes over 100 companies, financial institutions, ports, municipal governments, colleges, universities and cultural organizations.