US-China Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Dialogue

June 26-27, 2014 - Washington, DC

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Thursday, June 26:

Session 1: Defining Today’s Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Priorities: What to Worry about Most – and Why
This session will compare and contrast US and Chinese perspectives of nuclear dangers. What is each country’s assessment of proliferation and nuclear terrorism threats in and outside the Asia Pacific? What are the most worrying threats and the most pressing issues to address, both in the nonproliferation and nuclear security domains? Why?

Toby Dalton
Zhu Feng

Session 2: Advancing the NPT Review Process and other Nonproliferation Instruments
This session will focus on the nonproliferation regime. What are US and Chinese perceptions of and approaches to the NPT review process? How can US-China cooperation be strengthened in the lead-up to the 2015 Review Conference? How can China’s role as a mediator between NWS and NNWS contribute to success? What is success? What contributions can the United States and China make in the P-5 diplomatic process? Can we find a way to ratify the SEANWFZ Protocol? What contributions can the United States and China make to improve strategic trade management in the region?

Liu Xiaoming
Lewis Dunn

Session 3: Nonproliferation Noncompliance – Priorities and Cooperation
This session will look at nonproliferation noncompliance. What are US and Chinese perceptions of and approaches to noncompliance? What constitutes noncompliance for the United States
and China? Is noncompliance a threat to the NPT? What are the similarities and differences in US and Chinese assessments? How can the United States and China work together to ensure the successful implementation should there be a P-5+1 deal with Iran?

Leonard Spector
Fan Jishe

Session 4: Preventing a Nuclear Crisis and Nuclear Use
This session will focus on preventing nuclear crises and nuclear use. How might a nuclear crisis or nuclear use come about in the Asia Pacific region? What can the United States and China do together to prevent and manage a nuclear crisis? What can each side do together to help prevent nuclear use? [Scenarios should focus on the possibility of a nuclear crisis/use on the Korean Peninsula or in South Asia, or involving a non-state actor.]

Guo Xiaobing
Michael Swaine

Friday, June 27:

Session 5: Nuclear Security: Ongoing Threats, Building Global Cooperation
This session will examine the components of the nuclear security regime and the Nuclear Security Summit process. What are US and Chinese perceptions of the most important nuclear security threats today in the Asia Pacific? Globally? How can US-China cooperation be built to meet those threats, including by strengthening the regime and by advancing the goals of the Summit process? What can the United States and China do to implement the results of the 2014 Summit? [Discussions about the US-China nuclear security center of excellence should be withheld to the following session.]

William Tobey
Hui Zhang

Session 6: Building Nuclear Security Cooperation in Asia
This session will focus on building nuclear security cooperation in the Asia Pacific, with a focus on the role of China’s new nuclear security center of excellence. What is the current status of the center? What are/should be its goals? How can the center be best utilized to enhance nuclear security not only in China, but also in the Asia Pacific? What other cooperative actions should the United States and China consider to strengthen cooperation and preparedness to respond to nuclear security threats in or transiting via the Asia Pacific? Can the Center of Excellence strengthen implementation of UNSCR 1540?

Liu Chong
Page Stoutland
Larry Brandt

Session 7: US-China Cooperation on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security in the Asia Pacific: A Working Agenda
This session will reflect on next steps for future cooperation between the two countries on nonproliferation and nuclear security in Northeast Asia? In Southeast Asia? What is the baseline for cooperation? What are the opportunities and challenges to enhance such cooperation? What specific issues should the United States and China prioritize in the near- to medium-terms?

Miles Pomper
Hua Han