April 14, 2010 | Carnegie–Tsinghua Ribbon Cutting

Carnegie’s Douglas H. Paal and Paul Haenle and Tsinghua’s Yan Xuetong, Shi Zhiqin, and Zhao Kejin jointly established the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy on April 14, 2010. Tsinghua University professors Chen Qi, Zhang Chuanjie, Zhang Lihua, Sun Xuefeng, and Matt Ferchen from the Department of International Relations, as well as Lora Saalman, made up the initial group of eight resident scholars.

July 2010 | Working Together as Partners

Zhao Kejin and Paul Haenle organized an influential conference on Chinese foreign policy attended by over 200 people, including officials from five Chinese ministries.

September 2010 | Engaging Students

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center recruited its first interns: 10 undergraduate and graduate students from Tsinghua University’s Department of Humanities and Social Science. The group consisted of five Chinese and five international (American, Romanian, Polish, and Korean) students, reflecting the international nature of the center.

September 23, 2010 | First Staff

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center hired its first employee, Tsinghua alumna Mary Yan, responsible for office management and programming.

November 20, 2010 | Supporting Tsinghua Students

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center supported resident scholar Zhao Kejin and Tsinghua students in their establishment of a new Tsinghua student association: the Student Association of Global Affairs (SAGA). SAGA aims to provide opportunities for Tsinghua students to learn, conduct research, and gain deeper insights into critical global affairs and issues.


February 2011 | Carnegie–Tsinghua Course on Global Issues

Paul Haenle and Chen Qi launched a course in the spring of 2011 to expose Tsinghua’s Chinese and international undergraduate and graduate students to the global issues and policy challenges on the center’s agenda.

March 2011 | Carnegie Leadership in Beijing

Then Carnegie president Jessica Mathews, who initiated the creation of CTC, visited the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center and delivered a speech on U.S.-China relations to more than 300 Tsinghua students.

March 2011 | First Distinguished Speaker: Bellinger

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center hosted John Bellinger, former legal advisor to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as its first Distinguished Speaker. The Distinguished Speakers Program, established in February 2011, brings leading former policymakers and experts to China for a week to engage with a variety of Chinese stakeholders on global security issues.

April 2011 | Distinguished Speaker Series on CTC’s First Anniversary: Armitage

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center celebrated its one-year anniversary with a Distinguished Speaker visit from Richard Armitage, former U.S. deputy secretary of state from 2001 to2005.

September 2011 | The Global Intern Program

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center strengthened and expanded its Global Intern Program by bringing on board over 20 interns from more than seven countries to help support the center’s programs and scholars over the academic and summer terms.


July 7-8, 2012 | Tsinghua’s World Peace Forum

Douglas Paal participated in Tsinghua University’s inaugural World Peace Forum in Beijing. The World Peace Forum is China’s oldest high-level international security conference, which convenes heads of state, diplomats, and leading experts from China and around the world for panel discussions on regional and global security challenges.

September 25, 2012 | First Book

Lora Saalman published Carnegie–Tsinghua’s first book The China-India Nuclear Crossroads.


July 2013 | New Resident Scholars

Tsinghua Professors Tang Xiaoyang and Pang Xun and economist Shi Han joined the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center as resident scholars.

October 2013 | Podcast Launch

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center launched the “China in the World” podcast, a series of conversations between Paul Haenle and leading Chinese and international scholars on China’s foreign policy, international role, and China’s relations with the world, with its inaugural episode featuring former U.S. national security advisor Stephen Hadley.

October 7, 2013 | New Advisory Council Members

Wang Chaoyong, founding partner and CEO of ChinaEquity Group, and Li Yifei, chairwoman of MAN Group China, joined the Carnegie–Tsinghua Advisory Council.

December 4, 2013 | First Global Dialogue

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center hosted its inaugural Global Dialogue, a day-long event exploring China’s evolving foreign policy and global role with the goal of identifying effective solutions to shared global challenges. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave keynote remarks.


January 6, 2014 | New Advisory Council Member

Angela Chao, deputy chairman of Foremost Group, joined the Carnegie–Tsinghua Advisory Council.

April 25, 2014 | U.S. Congressional Co-Delegation

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center hosted the largest U.S. Congressional delegation to Asia in a quarter of a century, led by former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor and U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, for a roundtable with leading Chinese scholars on U.S.-China relations.

June 5, 2014 | New Advisory Council Member

Wang Boming, editor-in-chief of Caijing Magazine and chairman of SEEC Media Group, joined the Carnegie–Tsinghua advisory council.

September 2014 | New Scholar: Tong Zhao

Tong Zhao joined the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center as a fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program.


April 14, 2015 | 5th Anniversary

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center celebrated its fifth anniversary.

June 2015 | New Advisory Council Members

Hua Xinghong, managing director and head of China for Cerberus Capital Management, Dr. Liu Ke, senior vice president of Enverra Capital, and Wang Yan, country head of China for Bridgewater Associates, joined the Carnegie-Tsinghua Advisory Council.

June 17, 2015 | Wang Chaoyong Became Carnegie Endowment Trustee

Wang Chaoyong, founding chairman and CEO of ChinaEquity Group and member of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center advisory council, was the first Chinese national to join the Carnegie Board of Trustees.

June 28, 2015 | Carnegie Leadership in Beijing

New Carnegie President William J. Burns visited the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for the first time and moderated a panel at the World Peace Forum.

October 16, 2015 | Imperial Springs International Forum

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center served as knowledge partner and organized panel discussions at the Imperial Springs International Forum—a high-level conference in Guangzhou that explored how China and the world can work together to realize common objectives.

October 22, 2015| Chao Family Visit

James Chao joined his daughters Angela Chao, Carnegie–Tsinghua Center advisory council member, and Elaine Chao, current U.S. Secretary of Transportation, for a panel discussion on the importance of people-to-people exchange for U.S.-China relations. Angela’s husband Jim Breyer, founder and CEO of Breyer Capital and chairman of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management Advisory Board, also participated in related discussions.

December 4, 2015 | Wang Chaoyong Gift Celebration

Tsinghua University hosted a signing ceremony and celebration for Wang Chaoyang’s historic gift of $16 million to Tsinghua University, which includes a $4 million donation to the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center over the next ten years.


June 23, 2016 | 50th Podcast Episode

Paul Haenle recorded the 50th episode of the China in the World podcast with then nonresident scholar Wang Tao.

June 24, 2016 | YAP Recognized at High-Level U.S.-China Dialogue

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center’s Young Ambassadors Program was recognized for its pioneering efforts to cultivate the next generation of global leaders at the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, an official platform chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong and then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

July 2016 | Highly Ranked for Web Impact

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center was 7th in a Guangming Daily ranking of Chinese think tanks by web impact. Among the top 20, the center was the only think tank jointly established by Chinese and international organizations.

October 26, 2016 | Zhang Yichen Became Carnegie Endowment Trustee

Zhang Yichen, chairman and chief executive officer of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, joined the Carnegie Board of Trustees.

October 28, 2016 | A Groundbreaking Report

Carnegie Endowment Nuclear Policy Program Senior Fellow Li Bin and Fellow Tong Zhao, both based at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, published “Understanding Chinese Nuclear Thinking,” a report that provided unprecedented insights into Chinese perspectives on nuclear issues.

November 14, 2016 | Revamped Global Dialogue

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center expanded its Global Dialogue Series to take place during five weeks throughout the course of the year, hosting the first panel— a discussion on U.S.-China relations—just days after the U.S. presidential election.

December 9, 2016 | New Paper on China’s Global Economic Role

Resident Scholar Matt Ferchen published “China, Economic Development, and Global Security: Bridging the Gaps,” a paper inspired by a series of discussions co-sponsored and supported by the Ford Foundation.


January 2017 | Second Ranked Think Tank in China

The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center ranked #2 among Chinese university-affiliated think tanks in the latest University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank report.

January 16, 2017 | Visit from Former Finnish Prime Minister

Alexander Stubb, the former Prime Minister of Finland, and Marja Rislakki, the current Finnish ambassador to China came to the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for a discussion with Chinese experts on U.S.-China relations under the Trump administration.

March 13, 2017 | Visit from Former Hong Kong Chief Executive

Tung Chee-hwa, the first chief executive of Hong Kong and long-time supporter of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, visited the center with Tsinghua University Party Secretary Chen Xu and participated in a lively discussion with center staff and interns.

March 27, 2017 | First China-India Global Dialogue

As part of the Global Dialogue Series, the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center hosted its first China-India panel leveraging expertise from the Carnegie Endowment’s newest center in New Delhi.