United States-China relations have entered a new era, in which animosity and competition outstrip mutual understanding and cooperation. Relations are more strained today than at any moment since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations in 1979. Yet, never has it been more important for the two countries to cooperate. Transnational issues can only be addressed through cooperative bilateral relations: combatting climate change, controlling pandemic disease, managing new technologies, addressing human rights violations and more. Speakers explore how government and non-government efforts can help realign the relationship while still addressing the challenges facing the two global powers. This is the first of two panel discussions at the public conference and will focus on non-government efforts to improve bilateral relations. A 30-minute keynote will be followed by 10-minute opening remarks from each panelist, Kate Kaup moderated Q and A, and then questions from the audience.