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China Leadership Summit



The China Leadership Summit (CLS) is a three-day conference hosted each spring at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. CLS aims to strengthen collaboration by bringing together undergraduate and graduate students from Duke, UNC, and other top universities with acute and demonstrated interests in US-China affairs. Boasting a DOB only four years ago, CLS already offers a stunning series of esteemed speakers, such as the World Bank's former country director for China.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

As China rises to become one of the world's most influential powers, the US and China play increasingly important roles in world politics and global economic policy. However, due to significant linguistic, cultural and political differences, a lack of mutual understanding stands in the way of fruitful cooperation between the US and China. The founders of the China Leadership Summit identified a lack of opportunities to enhance this much needed mutual understanding outside of the classroom.

How will this project solve this problem?

The China Leadership Summit shapes future leaders of the Sino-US relations who are equipped with the knowledge and connections they need to be successful. We give student delegates access to experts in the field of Sino-US relations, such as Thomas Christensen, the Director of the China and World Program at Princeton University and Han Dongfang, the founder of the China Labor Bulletin. We also hope to facilitate connections made among delegates, speakers and sponsoring organizations.

Potential Long Term Impact

CLS aims to generate interdisciplinary interest and discussion, create opportunities for research presentation and collaboration, and present networking opportunities to explore potential careers and other China-related opportunities for delegates and attendants. The conference will create a networking platform for student leaders on college campuses to discuss issues related to the growing US-China rivalry and present and collaborate on innovative ideas for tackling future issues.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,235
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,765
Total Funding Goal: $10,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Katrina Wertz

Chapel Hill, NC United States

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