Deep Dives

Deep Dives: China


Go Behind the Scenes on One of the World’s Most Important and Complex Countries

The goal of Network 20/20’s Deep Dives is to provide multi-layered and informative discussions encompassing a critical topic in geopolitics-in this case the rise of China- through a series of briefings with high-level experts. Over the course of eight dynamic sessions, the hand-picked participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about China’s diplomacy, history, culture, and economy. Using the framing question, “How would widening the lens of understanding about China impact U.S. policy toward Beijing?”, participants will have the opportunity to refine their thinking by injecting nuances into their understanding of this vitally important country.

The participant is an intellectually curious and high-achieving person who wants to deepen their global affairs knowledge in an intimate and dynamic setting. They equally want to develop a network of colleagues from diverse backgrounds who are interested in the focus of the Deep Dives.

We plan to initiate this program in the Fall of 2021. Our first session will be an in-person event.

All in-person dinner discussions will be hosted in New York City. Our virtual sessions will be held via Zoom.

You can apply to join the Deep Dives: China 2021 below. The cost of participation is $500 for all sessions, including dinners.



Session 1 (September 9th, 2021): Deep Dive in the Role of Chinese Philosophy in Policy

Scott McDonald
Non-resident Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies;
Ph.D. Candidate at the Fletcher School of Tufts University


Session 2 (September 21st, 2021): Deep Dive in Chinese Culture and the Role of Artists in Society

Alfreda Murck
A Historian of Chinese Visual Culture;
Lecturer at Discipline of Chinese Art History at Columbia University

Hongtu Zhang
Contemporary Artist

*This session is hosted by China Institute and supported by Confucius Institute at China Institute

Session 3 (September 28th, 2021): Deep Dive in Chinese Politics and Xi Jinping Thought

Dr. Steve Tsang
Director of the SOAS China Institute at the SOAS University of London
*The first half of this session is open for the public to join



Session 4 (October 7th, 2021): Deep Dive in the U.S. and China’s Diplomacy

Ms. Susan Thornton
Project Director, Forum for Asia-Pacific Security, National Committee on American Foreign Policy;
Former Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific


Session 5 (October 14th, 2021): Deep Dive in Chinese Economy and Its Global Impact

Dr. Yukon Huang
Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C.
*The first half of this session is open for the public to join



Session 6 (October 28th, 2021): Deep Dive in Chinese Military Strategy Under Xi Jinping

Mark Metcalf
Lecturer in Global Commerce at the University of Virginia;
Former Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UVA


Session 7 (November 10th, 2021): China as Part of the Global Order – Envisioning a New Paradigm

Dr. Thomas J. Christensen
Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the China and the World program at Columbia University


For more information about Network 20/20’s Deep Dives, please call us at 1-212-582-1870 or email us at

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