Over the past decade, its record growth has enabled China to become a global economic force. But as China juggles its dual role—improving its citizens’ lives while advancing the welfare of the international community—it deals with intensifying external pressure to assume greater responsibility for global development. At the same time, the United States, amid two wars and a sluggish economy, struggles to rebuild its stature as a global superpower. As a result, how China handles its global role and the implications of its growing power are the focus of U.S. Government officials and business leaders. Against a backdrop of escalating U.S.-Sino competition and tension over a host of issues, the international community continues to press for cooperation between these two powers. Evidently, a go-it-alone approach on the part of either China or the U.S. could have a devastating effect on the other country and also the rest of the world. In this regard, the U.S. and China must find ways to cooperate—identify their common interests— in the areas of monetary policy and macroeconomics, the high-tech industry and intellectual property, and new energy and sustainable development. To facilitate the identification of common interests between the U.S. and China, the Yale Forum of U.S.-Sino Relations is pleased to host this first annual conference at Yale University on April 22-23, 2011. Conference speakers and attendees will include political leaders, subject matter experts, businesspeople, academicians, and students. The meeting format, which will involve both presentations and panel discussions, will encourage interaction with the audience. The stakes are high. There is no alternative. The U.S. and China must resolve their differences and find ways in which to work in concert. While government, business, academia, and others share in identifying solutions to seemingly-intractable problems, Chinese students in the U.S. are uniquely positioned to take the lead in connecting these two great nations. We provide a youth perspective on this challenge. Accordingly, we invite you to join us in this effort.