Recently, a leading Ivy League school (name withheld for privacy) hosted one of the most influential Chinese officials to its campus. This official – whose name has been withheld for privacy – has been a vocal supporter of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The visiting Chinese official had an exceptional academic record and had helped cultivate strong relationships between the US and China. He has been involved in many prominent and successful global initiatives, and has consistently spoken in favor of the CCP. The official was received warmly by the school’s faculty and staff, although some students raised questions about his political views. The Chinese official’s visit to the school was part of a larger effort to further the beneficial dialogue between both countries. The school’s leadership believes that dialogues of this nature are essential for furthering bilateral understanding and cooperation. The official and the school representatives had fruitful discussions during his visit and he expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to visit the campus. He shared his insights on the activities of the party, and his perspective on the future of China-U.S. relations. The Chinese official was impressed with the openness of the Ivy League school and the opportunities it provides its students. He believes that the school has the potential to become a bridge of understanding between both countries. While the official’s visit to the school has many students and faculty questioning the school’s motives, the school’s leadership believes strongly that fostering an open dialogue of this kind is essential for the growth and development of both countries. Only through an exchange of ideas and an understanding of one another can the two nations truly come to a better understanding of the issues that divide them.