On May 5, the USCPF was pleased to host a farewell reception for Minister and Mrs. Zhou Wenzhong of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China at the Washington Hilton Hotel and Towers. Minister Zhou has been appointed China's ambassador to Australia. During brief remarks, Minister Zhou noted the current improvement in U.S.-China relations and challenged the local China scholars, business people and members of federal agencies in attendance to maintain the relationship and keep up their good work.
USCPF hosted a roundtable lecture and luncheon on China's military capabilities and the issue of technology transfer on June 23. Richard Fisher of The Heritage Foundation, Paul Godwin of the National War College, and Michael Pillsbury of the National Defense University shared their perspectives on the state of China's procurement of technology from foreign sources, the state of China's military industrial complex and the degree of transparency in military relations between China and the U.S.
Three days later, the USCPF hosted a banquet for Governor Song Baorui and a delegation from Sichuan Province. The University of Maryland's Institute of Global Chinese Affairs played host to the delegation throughout its stay in D.C. The luncheon was attended by representatives of international financial institutions, the U.S.D.A., the Department of Commerce and officials from the Chinese embassy. Governor Song and his delegation were on a ten-day visit to promote investment in infrastructure.
The National Press Club was the site of USCPF’s July 26 roundtable lecture on the topic of “New Trends in U.S.-China Relations.” Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Co-chair of the USCPF, Jeffrey Bader, Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, and David Shambaugh, Director of The China Policy Program at GWU discussed the impact of President Clinton's visit to China on the bilateral relationship and U.S. foreign policy.
Following their assessments of the summit, a lively question-and- answer-period raised the issues of Taiwan, cooperation on regional defense, the role of the American private sector in China's legal and economic reform efforts, and the Clinton Administration's strategy for maintaining the momentum built-up during his visit to China.
“The Congressional View of U.S. China Relations” was presented at the Foundation’s September 25 lecture. Peter Brookes of the House Committee on International Relations, Frank Jannuzi of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Robert Sutter of the Congressional Research Service discussed the differences in each party’s approach to China and prospects for future policy.
From October 18-24, the USCPF hosted a distinguished delegation from the China Institute for International Strategic Studies. The group held informal exchanges with several members of the local think-tank community and military agencies during their visits to D.C. and Los Angeles. All parties involved found the meetings productive and useful, and the USCPF is proud to enhance bilateral understanding of these important issues.