(Austin Lowe (MASIA '18) third from the right)
On September 28, 2017, Austin Lowe (MASIA '18) participated in the inaugural U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue (SCD). As a representative of United States youth, Austin spoke about the changing diplomatic landscape in the twenty-first century and its impact on the U.S.-China relationship. He also discussed the importance of overcoming preconceived notions in the relationship, reflecting on his time as an exchange student at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Anne Sherman (MASIA '18) assisted with the public diplomacy event and also worked to ensure that the dialogue advanced U.S. interests in the areas of education, social development, science and technology, health, subnational cooperation, arts and culture, and environment and conservation in her role on the State Department’s China Desk.
This summer, Austin served as an intern in the Political Section with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He previously interned at the State Department’s Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in Washington, DC. Anne serves as the assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary and human rights desk officer at the China Desk of the Department of State. Previously, she was the research assistant to the director at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.
The SCD is one of four dialogues launched by President Donald J. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago April 7, 2017, to increase people-to-people ties and mutual understanding between the two nations, and advance our social and cultural relations consistent with the results-oriented approach of our two Presidents. The event was attended by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong. Representatives of China’s youth included famed pianist Lang Lang and former NBA star Yao Ming. George Washington University Professor Bruce Dickson and journalist Yang Lan served as moderators of the discussion.