USCPF Congressional Staff Trip a Success

The USCPF provided a six month lecture series focusing on various issues in the bilateral relationship, delivered by local specialists with diverse backgrounds and opinions. The seminar series, which encouraged questions and discussion, featured speakers such as: William Johnson, formerly of the Segur Center at George Washington University; Carol Lee Hamrin, Chinese Affairs Specialist at the Department of State; Anne Thurston, China scholar and author, currently at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; H. Lyman Miller, Professor of China Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; Nicholas Eberstadt, Researcher with American Enterprise Institute and the Harvard Center for Population & Development Studies; Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Robert Kapp, President of the U.S.-China Business Council.

Other speakers included Sandra Kristoff, Senior Vice President of International Government Affairs at New York Life International, Inc.; James Mulvenon, Fellow at the RAND Corporation; David Shambaugh, Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University; Arthur Hummel, Jr., former US Ambassador to China; James R. Lilley, Resident Fellow and Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and former Ambassador to China; and Harry Harding, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. The U.S.-China Policy Foundation wishes once again to express its thanks to these speakers for their efforts.

The series culminated in a trip for a select group of seven Congressional staff members to China. In Beijing and Shanghai they met with representatives from the Department of North American and Oceanic Affairs, the Department of International Trade & Economic Cooperation, the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Society for Human Rights, the State Administration for Religious Affairs, and the Institute of American Studies at Fudan University.

The delegates visited such famous landmarks as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Bund, Zhouzhuang Village, People's Square and the Shanghai Museum. They also toured Cargill's plant in Shanghai. Delegates reported that a week in China was far more helpful than any amount of reading they had done in showing them the progress of development in China and in helping them to understand the Chinese point of view on the issues and problems U.S. policy makers deal with daily.

Seminar and trip participants overwhelmingly recommended that the program be continued and expanded next year, and the USCPF hopes to triple the number of participants who participate in the program next year. Funding for the trip was graciously provided by the Freeman Foundation.

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