U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE)

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 24, 2015


Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong co-chaired the sixth annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) June 23rd and 24th in Washington, D.C. The CPE strengthens and deepens ties between the citizens of the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports, women’s issues, and health. The success of the CPE is built on the dynamism and commitment of the many American non-governmental organizations (universities, foundations, advocacy groups, sports groups, etc.) that partner with the U.S. government to carry out a broad spectrum of exchanges. The active involvement of civil society and academia in U.S.-China exchanges promotes mutual understanding through collaboration and inquiry.

Culture: Since the re-establishment of bilateral relations in 1979, cultural exchanges have played an important role in people-to-people engagement between the United States and China. The Cultural Pillar committed to expand outreach efforts to young and underserved audiences through the performing and visual arts and to continue cooperation between cultural institutions, representatives, and scholars:

  • Exchanges: The U.S. Department of State is continuing to promote mutual understanding by hosting exchanges through programs such as the American Film Showcase, American Music Abroad, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, as well as cultural performances and exhibitions sponsored by the U.S. Embassy at Chinese cultural and educational institutions. Such performances and exhibitions are designed to introduce Chinese audiences to outstanding American performers and entertainment genres, American history and values, and the U.S.-China relationship.
  • Exchange of Delegations: The U.S. and China decided to organize a delegation visit in 2015 that would allow U.S. cultural representatives to learn about Chinese cultural development and administrative systems in China and to explore opportunities to strengthen future exchange and cooperation
  • Continued Cooperation with the Private Sector: People-to-people programs continue to thrive under the cooperation of our private sector partners. The United States highlighted the work of CPE private sector participants, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Arts Midwest.

Education: The robust educational links between the United States and China are helping build stronger bonds in our bilateral relationship. China sends the greatest number of international students to the United States, and the United States provides the second largest group of international students to China. Cooperation between our educational institutions continues to expand, helping to generate the knowledge we need to solve global challenges.

  • New App for EducationUSA: The Department of State has launched a new EducationUSA mobile app to provide Chinese students with greater access to accurate and comprehensive information about studying in the United States in order to further increase student mobility.
  • Fulbright Program: Following on the two Presidents’ agreement to cooperate on climate issues last year, the U.S.-China Fulbright program, a cornerstone of our educational cooperation, is addressing global climate change, sustainable development, and the environment through study, teaching, and research in each other’s country.
  • Increasing Study Abroad: We are working to ensure that our exchange programs fully represent the rich diversity of our societies. The 100,000 Strong Foundation is leading a delegation to China in the fall with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, while a network of U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities is taking steps to announce the formation of the U.S.-China Universities Scholarship Alliance to support the exchange of up to 1,000 U.S. students. The American Association of Community Colleges’ is working with its Chinese counterparts to explore increased cooperation benefitting local communities in a globalizing world.
  • American Culture Centers: The United States is supporting activities at the 24 existing American Cultural Centers in China and intends to open additional centers in order to strengthen the bonds between American and Chinese universities.
  • State-Province Cooperation: The U.S. Department of Education and Chinese Ministry of Education successfully hosted the third U.S.-China State-Provincial Education Leaders' Dialogue on teacher training in May. The two sides are planning a higher education meeting on Liberal Arts later this year.
  • Education Technologies: We are exploring new ways of cooperating on emerging education technologies with the higher education community and private sector, including on Massive Open Online Courses and Open Educational Resources.

Science and Technology: Collaboration in science and technology is an important and dynamic area in the bilateral relationship, dating back to the 1979 U.S.-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. The United States and China are using a variety of tools to enhance public dialogue on science between our two societies, educate the public on the role of science in society, and explore issues of interest to young scientists.

  • 2015 Young Scientist Forum in Beijing: The Young Scientist Forum (YSF) in Beijing is a valuable tool for to build relationships between young scientists from the United States and China. This will be our 8th YSF in Beijing.
  • 2015 Young Scientist Forum in Washington, D.C.: Given our countries’ mutual interest in topics such as environmental protection and sustainable oceans, the 2015 YSF in Washington is to focus on aquaculture. Sustainable aquaculture is critical not only for food and economic security, but it also plays a critical role in climate-smart development and protecting public health. This will be our 9th YSF in Washington.

Sports: More than 40 years after our two countries thawed relations using “ping pong diplomacy,” U.S.-China sports diplomacy has become both broader and deeper. Through seminars, athlete exchanges, and joint competitions, our two countries are using sports as a bridge to connect our citizens.

  • Private Sector Collaboration: TheS. National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Chinese Basketball Association continue to cooperateby hosting games in Shanghai and Beijing.
  • Sports Seminar: In May, Sports United and the Chinese General Administration of Sports organized the 2nd annual U.S.-China Sports Seminar in San Diego, California, in cooperation with the American College of Sports Medicine. The theme was “Innovation and Collaboration in Youth Sports and Health: Global Insights from China and the United States.” Topics included youth sports, obesity prevention, comparative physical activity, and physical activity and sports for people with disabilities.
  • Disability Sports: The Special Olympics, U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympic Committee, and the Chinese Disabled Persons Federation all participated this year in highlighting people-to-people exchanges.
  • Athlete Exchanges:More than a dozen sports leagues and federations from both China and the United States came together for various competitions and athlete exchanges.

Women’s Issues: Launched in 2011, the U.S.-China Women’s Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (“Women LEAD”), led by the State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) and the All China Women’s Federation (ACWF), brings together women leaders of both countries to discuss and tackle issues of mutual concern. They decided on the following activities:

  • Women’s Entrepreneurship:Building on the 2015 Women’s Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (WE-LEAD), the U.S. government is joining forces with the ACWF, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, and other companies and organizations to host two seminars on women’s entrepreneurship in China.
  • Exchanges on Domestic Violence:The U.S. government and ACWF is to host two expert exchanges on domestic violence this year, which are part of a package of three exchanges announced at the 2014 CPE. The first exchange took place earlier this year; the second is bringing Chinese service providers and advocates to the United States; and the third is bringing a delegation of U.S. experts from multiple sectors to China.
  • Clean Cookstoves: ACWF and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will sign a memorandum of understanding to share knowledge and best practices about clean cook stoves throughout China. This will raise awareness in both countries’ and to provide technical assistance to 12,000 Chinese women over three years.

Health: We are pleased to announce that the Health pillar is the newest addition to the CPE this year. Both governments have made great strides to deal more effectively with the increasing incidence and impact of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, breast cancer and cardiovascular illness. Some achievements include the following bilateral initiatives:

  • Professional Development: The P.T. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University are hosting the 10th China Senior Health Executive Education Program in association with the National Health and Family Planning Commission and are being invited to strengthen alumni ties among prior year participants.
  • Breast Cancer Prevention: The Goldman Sachs Gives and All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) are working to raise awareness among rural women about breast cancer prevention, including a national training for ACWF leaders from China’s 31 provinces, with participation by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and National Center for Women and Children’s Health leaders in October 2015. An expanding partnership with the Beijing Cancer Hospital and United Family Hospital will utilize social media and other tools to bring patient-centered care information to Chinese health providers and breast cancer patients.
  • Cardiac Care Collaboration: The existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the American Heart Association and the Chinese Society of Cardiology is to be supplemented by a new MOU with the Ministry of Science and Technology for improved cooperation on research, provider education, and emergency cardiac care.
  • Exchanges with Chinese National Center for Disease Control Professionals: The State Department looks forward to hosting an International Visitor Leadership Program to bring emerging Chinese NCD leaders to the United States for a study tour in 2016.