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.
Aug 18, 2016

Gearing Up for the Next Summit

The new school year is around the corner and the 2017 CLS Executive Team is gearing up to deliver another successful conference. The 2017 China Leadership Summit will be the 7th annual conference hosted by Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. This year, the Executive Team will work on developing and implementing new programming ideas for the conference, breaking down financial barriers to ensure all students who wish to attend have equal opportunities of doing so, and improving the conference experience for both students and speakers. We are hopeful that the 2017 summit will be the best one yet. Stay tuned for updates!

We greatly appreciate your support for Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. By giving to the Carolina China Network, you are investing in the future leaders of US-China relations. Our conference alumni are doing great things around the world. Some have received prestigious scholarships and fellowships in China and abroad, some have secured positions in leading institutions working on improving US-China relations, and others have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in China studies. 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 find out more about our conference, please visit our website.

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

Apr 20, 2016

A Successful 2016 China Leadership Summit!

CLS 2016 Delegates & Speakers
CLS 2016 Delegates & Speakers

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 "China's Soft Power in the 21st Century Global Order." Soft power is defined as the ability of a country to influence others without force or coercion. From Confucius Institutes to educational exchanges, from think tanks to the export of Chinese art and media, China’s recent push for soft power underscores its quest to establish itself as a legitimate world leader with moral and cultural authority to rival its economic and military dominance. Yet China also faces many obstacles in its bid for soft power: problems like its aggressive nationalism in its South China Sea territorial disputes and failure to liberalize domestically pose threats to China’s perceived legitimacy and popularity abroad. How does soft power play a role in China’s most vital foreign policy objectives? What are the challenges and opportunities China faces, both domestically and internationally, in its bid for non-coercive leadership?

To kick off, we hosted speaker David Shambaugh from George Washington University's China Policy Center as our Friday night banquet keynote speaker. The following two days were packed quite full!  Delegates heard from the former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal and the President of the US-China Education Trust, the former U.S. Ambassador to China during the Chinese embassy bombing in Belgrade, two China Hands on Chinese internet and censorship, and the leading scholar on Chinese film and media. They also participated in seminars with a senior researcher from the Congressional Research Services, the host of OMG!Meiyu, the founder of Danwei.com, and a former editor of the Tea Leaf Nation. The conference culminated with students competing in a case competition involving the formulation of a Chinese soft power strategy for Latin America or Southeast Asia.

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!

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
 
   

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