Carolina China Network

The Carolina China Network is an umbrella organization for everything China at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Through CCN, we aim to bring together students across our campus, other campuses, and international borders with demonstrated interests in Sino-American affairs. Passionate students from around the world are provided with access to leading experts on China and networking opportunities with other students and corporations. We believe promoting dialogue, debates, deep thought, and networking opportunities allows university students to understand China from unique perspectives as they prepare for roles of future leadership in US and China relations.
Jun 8, 2015

Fantastic Turnout for 2015 China Leadership Summit

A portion of the 100 student delegates!
A portion of the 100 student delegates!

The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit is an annual student-run conference organized by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  We invite leading experts to speak on topics of importance to Sino-US relations and create a platform for students from across the United States and China to exchange perspectives on these issues, connect with speakers, and network with one another.

This year, the conference focused on the theme "U.S. and China Grand Strategy in the Asia Pacific, Africa, and Beyond."  When using the term "grand strategy", we are referring to the fundamental awareness and articulation of a state's foreign policy--what type of world it seeks to build and what resources it will use to operate in that world.  Due to its rapidly growing economic power, China has extended its reach across the globe: from the mineral mines of Africa, to the oilfields in the Middle East, to the agriculture fields in Latin America, to the manufacturing centers of East Asia.  China's deepening economic, diplomatic, and military engagement with countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa are of particular note in recent years.  At CLS 2015, we sought to explore how the US and China are using both hard and soft power to assert their influence in these nations.

To kick off, we hosted speaker Aaron Friedberg from Princeton University's Center for International Security Studies, followed by a Chinese yo-yo performance and music from a guzheng player.  The following day was packed quite full!  Delegates participated in seminars with the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, the former Secretary-General of Hong Kong Federation of Students, a South Asia & Middle East Fellow at PoliTact, the Staff Director of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a professor of African Studies, and a China-North Korea relations expert.  Next, students heard perspectives from the former ambassador to Ethiopia, the managing editor of online magazine ChinaFile, and finally, Dr. Deborah Brautigam, who is the leading expert on China-Africa relations.  The conference culminated with students competing in a case competition involving different foreign policy issues facing China.  

Our planning team is absolutely thrilled with the results of this year's conference, and we want to THANK YOU greatly for your support.  By giving to the Carolina China Network, you invested in the future leaders of US-China relations.  Some of these students are already back in China, working in internships and competing in language competitions.  Your support is reaping a great harvest!  If you are interested in donating in the future for next year's conference, we invite you to visit our China Leadership Summit project page.  If you would like to read more details about this year's conference, check out our website at http://www.dukeunccls.com/.

Thank you donors and friends for making this conference possible, and we look forward to connecting with you again soon!

Dr. Deborah Brautigam discusses China-Africa study
Dr. Deborah Brautigam discusses China-Africa study
Two students at the end of the conference!
Two students at the end of the conference!
Accomplished guzheng player
Accomplished guzheng player
May 27, 2015

Fantastic Turnout for 2015 China Leadership Summit

A portion of the 100 student delegates!
A portion of the 100 student delegates!

The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit is an annual student-run conference organized by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  We invite leading experts to speak on topics of importance to Sino-US relations and create a platform for students from across the United States and China to exchange perspectives on these issues, connect with speakers, and network with one another.

This year, the conference focused on the theme "U.S. and China Grand Strategy in the Asia Pacific, Africa, and Beyond."  When using the term "grand strategy", we are referring to the fundamental awareness and articulation of a state's foreign policy--what type of world it seeks to build and what resources it will use to operate in that world.  Due to its rapidly growing economic power, China has extended its reach across the globe: from the mineral mines of Africa, to the oilfields in the Middle East, to the agriculture fields in Latin America, to the manufacturing centers of East Asia.  China's deepening economic, diplomatic, and military engagement with countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa are of particular note in recent years.  At CLS 2015, we sought to explore how the US and China are using both hard and soft power to assert their influence in these nations.

To kick off, we hosted speaker Aaron Friedberg from Princeton University's Center for International Security Studies, followed by a Chinese yo-yo performance and music from a guzheng player.  The following day was packed quite full!  Delegates participated in seminars with the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, the former Secretary-General of Hong Kong Federation of Students, a South Asia & Middle East Fellow at PoliTact, the Staff Director of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a professor of African Studies, and a China-North Korea relations expert.  Next, students heard perspectives from the former ambassador to Ethiopia, the managing editor of online magazine ChinaFile, and finally, Dr. Deborah Brautigam, who is the leading expert on China-Africa relations.  The conference culminated with students competing in a case competition involving different foreign policy issues facing China.  

Our planning team is absolutely thrilled with the results of this year's conference, and we want to THANK YOU greatly for your support.  By giving to the Carolina China Network, you invested in the future leaders of US-China relations.  Some of these students are already back in China, working in internships and competing in language competitions.  Your support is reaping a great harvest!  If you are interested in donating in the future for next year's conference, we invite you to visit our China Leadership Summit project page.  If you would like to read more details about this year's conference, check out our website at http://www.dukeunccls.com/.

Thank you donors and friends for making this conference possible, and we look forward to connecting with you again soon!

Dr. Deborah Brautigam discusses China-Africa study
Dr. Deborah Brautigam discusses China-Africa study
Two students at the end of the conference!
Two students at the end of the conference!
Accomplished guzheng player
Accomplished guzheng player
Jan 23, 2015

One Month Until Duke-UNC CLS 2015!

Hello supporters!

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and that your new year is off to a great start! The one month countdown has begun. For the past several months, our student leadership team has been hard at work planning and designing this year's conference, which will be held over the weekend of February 20-22. For this years' conference, we were able to attract world-renowned speakers, thanks to our generous donors. The 2015 conference speakers have been finalized and the schedule is set, so please check out the website for more details: http://www.dukeunccls.com/.

The China Leadership Summit has been successfully bringing together top students from around the US and China who have the capacity to lead in the field of Sino-US relations. The purpose of the conference is to educate these students on pressing issues pertaining to Sino-US relations and to provide a platform for building connections among the students and speakers. Your past donations have allowed us to make significant advancements to the conference each year, and we are looking forward to hosting another amazing conference this year.

We also have a new Global Giving campaign specifically for the 2015 China Leadership Summit. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help fund this years' conference, please visit the link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/china-leadership-summit-2015/. These funds are used for a range of purposes, including paying for speakers, managing our website and alumni databases, print materials, etc. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

Thank you again for your generosity and support.

- The CLS Leadership Team

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