Until Sunday, I am visiting Beijing and staying at the Diaoyutai State Guest House for a conference on US-China relations organized by McKinsey & Company. So far, the meeting has been mostly high end networking, but the substance begins in about 30 minutes.
Among the participants are Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Vice President Chen Jiagui, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of American Studies Director Huang Ping, former Presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton advisor General Wesley Clark, Brookings-Tsinghua Center Director Xiao Geng, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elizabeth Economy, former National Security Council East Asia Director and University of Michigan professor Kenneth Lieberthal, National University of Defense/Institute for Strrategic Studies Director Yang Yi, GE Energy Group China President Jack Wen, Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner, Senator Maria Cantwell Chief of Staff Maura O’Neill, former Asia Society President Nicholas Platt, Goldman Sachs Chief US Investment Strategist Abby Joseph Cohen (who told me some great stuff last night but said she’d tell folks I was way too jet-lagged to hear it right if I reported it), BSG Alliance CEO Steve Papermaster, Maverick Capital Analyst Benjamin Silver (who seems pretty apolitical to me but has a brother who was once and may still be liberal but just married Bill Kristol’s daughter); and McKinsey & Company Director (and orchestrator of this meeting) Jonathan Woetzel.
Lots of other interesting folks here too, but wanted to share parts of the roster.
— Steve Clemons