Developing Leaders of Character

"On the field of friendly strife are sown the seeds..."

泰论坛 & China Cabinets

Encouraging Civil Dialogue on Civilization

Internships Now Available

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We build communication capacity at the sub-national level of the U.S.-China relationship by nurturing a network of solid personal relationships among professionals and institutions upon which the national relationship can build for achieving understanding and trust.

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  • What I like about The Tai Initiative is that it is focused on action!
  • There is often a gap between trying to articulate a vision and manifesting it. It’s called leadership.
  • The Tai Initiative idea is a very significant one especially given the nature of the two countries.
  • People will benefit from being aware of The Tai Initiative efforts.

Fall 2018 Internships

The Tai Initiative is building an intern team to strengthen the member network, plan events, and manage the production and publication of online material, all for the purpose of advancing the educational mission of the organization.  The Fall team may consist of up to six positions: Publication Team Lead, Newsletter Editor, Event Planner, Member Relations Program Manager, Website Operations Manager, and 泰论坛 (Tai Luntan) Video Blog Manager. Applications for these positions can be received through August 2018. See the “Join our Team” page for more information.

What We Believe

The Subnational Level is the National Solution

[What does “subnational’ mean?]

We hope your visit will inspire you to new thinking about the USA-PRC relationship, the most important international relationship shaping the outcome of the 21st century.  International issues dominate the national news, yet every day subnational leaders accomplish great goals between our two nations — unrecognized.  The relationship is both complex and complicated.  Old problems are changing.  New actors question the old solutions. Though the future is uncertain, at The Tai Initiative we believe an opportunity currently exists for citizens of both countries to play an active role in shaping a positive outcome for the sake of humanity.  Enjoy your exploration around the website and join us.






泰论坛 (tailuntan): The Tai Initiative Forum

Hundreds of subnational leaders in the U.S.-China relationship need to be heard!  Listen through this series generating dialogue on our two civilizations.  What does it mean to be American?  What does it mean to be Chinese?  How do the activities of The Tai Initiative and others contribute to the longer dialogue defining our relationship?  Explore these questions with us in each session, to contribute your thoughts and experience.

If you would like to participate in one of these public live discussions, please let us know!

Mayors’ Delegation

Each year, Tai Initiative plans a special trip to China specifically for educating local leaders about the opportunities the have in connecting with like-minded subnational leadership in the PRC.


We are currently constructing a new education program targeted at college students and professional post grads seeking additional education on the history on America-China relations, leadership, and networking. Stay tuned for more information.

Featured Organization


The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is the premiere national collection of leaders focused on developing, encouraging, and sustaining America’s competitiveness at a time when federal agencies are over tasked and under funded.

Though not focused only on America-China relation matters, the USGLC does actively promote the engagement of subnational leadership in global affairs. The Tai Initiative’s core focus on strengthening the capacity of subnational leaders is closely aligned with the USGLC values in this area.

Please visit the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition website for information on their programs promoting veterans’ local leadership, America’s global economic leadership, and their upcoming June 2018 State Leaders Summit.

Do you also share our vision?

The Tai Initiative vision is to see Chinese and American policymakers and leaders cooperating in the delivery of practical solutions to elevate human dignity and reduce hunger, disease, and insecurity for the international community.  If this is your vision, too, let us keep in touch with you.



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