Over its eight year history, the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit has explored a diverse range of topics in US-China relations. The notion of engagement has always been an implicit yet crucial aspect of our conference, and it is vital for any stable diplomatic relationship. From hosting President Nixon in the first US Presidential visit to China in 1972, to the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s engagement with the world, whether economic, civil, or political, has been the cornerstone of its success and a symbol for its contributions to our world. This year, by exploring topics such as China’s increased FDI into Africa, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and its rising presence in UN Peacekeeping, we would like to take a deep dive into the notion of engagement and examine how China engages with other international actors. Likewise, engagement is also of vital importance for all young China-watchers, and we hope that this year’s conference will prepare our delegates to think about the ways in which, they, as future leaders, can impact and contribute to global affairs in the coming decades.