ICAS is an independent, non-profit think tank funded by the Hainan Nanhai Research Foundation in China. Based in the heart of downtown Washington, DC, ICAS is uniquely situated to serve as a bridge to facilitate the exchange of ideas and people between China and the United States. It achieves this through research and partnerships with institutions in both countries that bring Chinese and American academic scholars as well as policy practitioners together, and thereby provide a window into their respective worldviews. ICAS focuses on key issue areas in the US-China relationship in need of greater mutual understanding, identifies promising areas for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the spheres of Asia-Pacific economics, trade, international relations as well as global governance issues, and explores the possible futures for this critical bilateral relationship.