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UMD Students Join Secretary of State in Beijing (07/14) / 马大学子陪同国务卿克里访华

UMD students Esther “Lou” Robinson (’14) and Jessica Liu (’16) were selected to travel to Beijing this July as part of the High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), the primary government-to-government exchange mechanism between the U.S. and China. The CPE was held at the Great Hall of the People, China’s parliamentary building, to recognize 35 years of U.S.-China relations. The session was led by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong.

Robinson and Liu were two of the three American students chosen to participate in a two-day policy negotiation simulation as part of the CPE, in cooperation with Peking University, the Brookings Institution, the AmericanMandarin Society, and the Dialogue Group. Robinson represented China’s Minister of Commerce and Liu represented the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, as U.S., China, and African Union teams negotiated the terms for a joint development fund for Africa. They were coached by well-known think-tank scholars from the U.S. and China. At the end of the program Robinson and Liu were invited to the CPE plenary session in the Great Hall of the People. The program was arranged and led by newly-arrived UMD Director of China Affairs Nat Ahrens.

For more details on the CPE program, please visit: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/228997.htm

 近日,中美人文交流高层磋商(CPE)在北京人民大会堂举行,来自马里兰大学的学生艾瑟·卢·罗宾逊(2014届)和杰西卡·刘(2016届)陪同国务卿克里出席了本次活动。此次高层磋商由美国国务卿约翰·克里和中华人民共和国副总理刘延东共同主持,会上,来自中美两国的代表共同回顾了中美两国建交35年来的友好交往历史。

 在北京大学、布鲁金斯研究所、美国留华同学会和对话组织的大力推动下,本次高层磋商设置了模拟谈判的环节。中美两国的学生分别扮演来自中国、美国和非盟的官员,在两国专家学者的指导下,就设立非洲发展联合基金的相关条款进行磋商。其中,罗宾逊和刘分别扮演中国的商务部部长和非洲发展新伙伴计划的首席执行官,推动了谈判的顺利进行,并在模拟谈判结束后受邀参加了在人民大会堂举行的本次高层磋商全体会议。

 本次活动由新上任的美华中心主任安耐德负责沟通协调。

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