Cultural Diplomacy 2.0: A Major Opportunity and Industry to Strengthen U.S.-China Relations

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An exciting aspect of the U.S.-China relationship is emerging, that of the billion-dollar global “cultural diplomacy industry” that is now providing Chinese and Americans with new ways of engaging with each other’s cultures. A surge in opportunities to participate in authentic travel and tourism experiences, science and technology exchanges, sports competitions, education exchanges, English and Chinese language learning, and other opportunities have enabled average Chinese and American citizens to become people-to-people cultural diplomats, embodying what some are referring to as a new 21st Century “Cultural Diplomacy 2.0.”

Strengthening understanding between China and the United States for the benefit of these two countries and the global community has never been more important. Identifying opportunities for positive diplomacy is key to strengthening the U.S.-China relationship, whether through diplomatic channels or through direct people-to-people engagement. Cultural Diplomacy 2.0 opportunities provide the ability to connect people more directly than any other time in our history, catalyzing the exchange of ideas and building of mutual understanding across cultures like never before.

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) is pleased to invite you to join us for “Cultural Diplomacy 2.0: A Major Opportunity and Industry to Strengthen U.S.-China Relations,” featuring opening remarks by Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President, Wendy Cutler, followed by a panel discussion with The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State; Li Xin, Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Sarah Bianchi, Head of Global Policy Development and Federal Affairs at AirBnB; moderated by Asia Society’s Vice President of Global Partnerships, Christine Davies. Our panel will discuss examples of the Cultural Diplomacy 2.0 programs and efforts that are already underway to nurture positive relations between the people of the U.S. and China, but also the larger issue of the power of average citizens to affect positive international relations.

To RSVP for this event, please email AsiaDC@asiasociety.org

Event Details

Thu 21 Jul 2016
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Choate Room - First Floor 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
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