China Leadership Summit

by Carolina China Network


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 five years ago, CLS already offers a stunning series of esteemed speakers, such as the World Bank's former country director for China.
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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Ampersand Magazine talks about its CLS experience
2015 CLS website

Organization Information

Carolina China Network

Location: Chapel Hill, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Katrina Wertz
Cary, NC United States

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