During Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States in 2015, much attention was placed on agreements made by the two leaders on cyber security and commitments on South China Sea policy. Less well known is that the two nations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to designate funding toward cooperation on international development. The agreement serves as a guiding framework for curbing global poverty through cooperation on issues like food security, public health, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

The Carnegie-Tsinghua Center’s Tang Xiaoyang will moderate a discussion with Justin Finnegan, who led the negotiations on the U.S.-China development agreement at the United States Agency for International Development. Finnegan will discuss the MoU’s significance, how it was developed, and the importance of cooperative global development measures.

This event is off the record.

Tang Xiaoyang

Tang Xiaoyang is a resident scholar and deputy director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center and an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University.

Justin Finnegan

Justin Finnegan was the founding managing director of the Mountain Hazelnuts Group. He previously served as the senior deputy assistant to the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development under the Obama administration.