China is a major focus for new international outreach efforts at CITS.

As a massive industrial world power with significant interests in high technology trade, China must be addressed in any strategy for promoting global trade security. CITS places a high priority on promoting security culture in China, and pursues this goal with training workshops, research, corporate outreach, and a specially tailored variant of the Security & Strategic Trade Management Academy.

CITS experts have made trips to Beijing and Shenzhen, hosting workshops based on the Security & Strategic Trade Management Academy for a wide variety of audiences comprised of both industry and government officials.


The China-focused program enables China’s businesses to deal effectively with the complexities of global strategic trade and stay competitive. CITS has developed a syllabus to provide the appropriate tools to expand high-tech export/import and overseas operations. Efforts to promote, institutionalize, and publicize security culture improve competitiveness and contribute to:

  • Broader partnerships with national foreign entities
  • Good reputation globally as a reputable and secure trading partner
  • More accessible imports of high-tech equipment from a wide range of sources
  • Participation in advanced international projects in science and technology
  • Successful recruitment of better talent

China is a perennial focus of CITS activity. Every year, the Center hosts two industry outreach events in China and a number of private training programs for corporations. This year’s events took place in Beijing and Jiangsu, with the assistance of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, State Nuclear Security Technology Center, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association and support from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). In addition to instruction from CITS experts, the events include presentations by industry and government representatives from both sides of the Pacific.

CITS also hosts annual executive training in the U.S. for Chinese industry representatives. The training combines both strategic trade control and business administration topics. It provides not only in-class training, but also meetings and visits with U.S. policy makers and industry executives. Another yearly program is the MOFCOM Fellowship. MOFCOM Fellows are government representatives from licensing agencies in China who come to Athens for specific training, then spend time in Washington, D.C. meeting with their U.S. counterparts to share best practices.

Another significant ongoing initiative is the U.S. China New Relationship Colloquium (NRC). CITS works closely with its Chinese partners, the Central Finance and Economics University and China Reform Forum, to develop a sustainable program to address the most critical issues within the bilateral relation. The NRC’s goal is to use a non-traditional approach to provide effective, feasible and innovative policy recommendations on economic, security and foreign policy issues.