2015 Conference In Washington, D.C.

The 3rd Annual Conference on U.S. China Subnational Relations

Developing Leaders of Character

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

泰论坛 & China Cabinets

Encouraging Civil Dialogue on Civilization

In the News

A 6.5-min. interview on what The Tai Initiative stands for
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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Featured in the China Daily

Our conference July 10th, 2015 brought together governors, mayors, and leaders in the community from around the country to Washington, D.C.    Read more about our successful conference in the China Daily article.  Join us to stay in the loop  or consider donating to support more programs like this. 


In the News

March 9, 2015international business

Michigan Business Beat, hosted by Chris Holman, discusses economic development, new or unusual entrepreneurial initiatives, and successful business practices from different regions and industries around Michigan with a wide range of entrepreneurs and business leaders.  “We are celebrating the Chinese New Year Gala at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, MI thrown by the Detroit Chinese Business Association. We are going to spend a little time in this one with Carson Tavenner, executive director of the Tai Initiative. He looks at a lot of opportunities and a lot of cultural differences and similarities between China and Michigan.”



太论坛 (tailuntan): The Tai Initiative Forum

Latest 太论坛 was on 7/1/2015 – View it here

Hundreds of subnational leaders in the U.S.-China relationship need to be heard!  How can you hear them if Listen to them through this new series designed to further generate dialogue on civilization.  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!

The Subnational Level is the National Solution

We hope your visit will inspire you to new thinking about the U.S.-China 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.  The relationship is both complex and complicated.  Old problems are changing.  New actors question the old solutions.  Unexpected and creative sources produce solutions for new problems. 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.





Featured Organizationchina greater partnership

The China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) is a non-profit organization that promotes collaboration – primarily on public/private clean technology initiatives – between Philadelphia and the People’s Republic of China. Its objective is to accelerate job creation, attract investment, and support clean technology business flows through strategic linkages between Greater Philadelphia and China. CPGP harnesses the Greater Philadelphia region’s exceptional academic, government, cultural and business resources to leverage regional and national initiatives in both countries.

Dr. Terry Cooke- Chairman of the China Partnership-is a seasoned practitioner of Asian cross-border business and investment in clean energy and related high-tech fields. For the cleantech frontier in China, Terry brings broad context, unique insight, and an unparalleled range of contacts. Across the spectrum of technology innovation, Terry has decades of Asian in-country engagement at the ministerial level of government, with the private sector’s C-suite, and with the world’s premiere multi-stakeholder organization at Davos.   Dr. Cooke will be speaking with a panel of industry experts on EcoPartnerships this July in Washington D.C.  Join us there. 


Do you 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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