The Fifth

Interethnic / Interfaith Leadership Conference

Set for Washington, D.C.

October 8-10

Leaders of ethnic and religious groups of China to convene for three-day conference to promote understanding, respect, and cooperation.

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Conference convenes as the  Peoples Republic of China marks its 60th Anniversary and President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China prepare for November Summit.

The Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference enjoys a long tradition of building understanding and cooperation among regional, religious, and ethnic groups of contemporary China. The inspiration of Harvard Fellow, Dr. Yang Jianli, the first Interethnic conference was held in 2000.

The Fourth Conference was held in November, 2008 at Harvard University. This conference culminated in an unprecedented Declaration of Unity whereby the delegates pledged cooperation and respect in pursuit of their common goal of a just government founded upon the rule of law.

Under the theme of “Continuing the Quest for Understanding and Cooperation,” the Fifth Conference will build upon the Declaration of Unity with three days of conference and workshops, during which delegates will explore their common humanity and discover paths toward their mutual quest for recognition of their rights and liberties as distinct individuals and peoples. Under the guidance of trained facilitators, delegates will explore specific solutions for overcoming common obstacles and experience the power of teamwork, cooperation, and mutual respect for realizing their aspirations.


Trinity Washington University is a private women’s college conveniently situated in NE Washington, DC, just 3 miles directly north of the Capitol. An ideal setting for thought and reflection, the campus features an “ivy league” ambience laced with meticulously kept grounds and graced with the turn-of

the-century grandeur of brick and marble. Delegates will enjoy complete conference accommodations in a quiet rural setting convenient to all DC venues.


In pursuit of understanding, mutual respect, and cooperation, the Fifth Conference is designed to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To establish a consensus that the achievement of individual goals is dependent on mutual respect, support, and of common purpose and action
  • To acquire knowledge and tools for advancing political and constitutional reform through non violent means.
  • To develop a common vision of a government grounded in the rule of law and justice for all.

Contact Information

Jim Geheran, Director

Initiatives for China

202.290.1423 (O)  |  508.494.5682 (C)

Conference Sponsors

China Aid | Initiatives for China | International Campaign for Tibet
National Endowment for Democracy
Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
World Uyghur Congress