The U.S.–China Policy Foundation organizes an annual seminar and trip to China for a select a number of Congressional staff, to enhance their understanding of China and Sino–U.S. relations.
This year the seminars were held biweekly between May and July. Our speakers, all experts in the China field, included Robert Kapp (U.S.–China Business Council), Robert Sutter (National Intelligence Council), Thomas Robinson (American Asian Research Enterprise), Bates Gill (Brookings Institute), Carol Hamrin (Department of State), and Douglas Paal (Asia–Pacific Policy Center). Topics included U.S.–Chinese economic relations, China’s foreign relations strategies, U.S.–China security issues, and China’s evolving society. The participants also had ample opportunity during the end of each session to ask the speaker various questions.
After the seminar series ended in July, the U.S.–China Policy Foundation successfully concluded its annual policymakers program with a Congressional Staff Trip to Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai from August 11-19, 2000. Eleven Congressional staffers from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, representing both political parties, made the trip.
Hosted by China’s International Culture Exchange Center (CICEC), the schedule in China provided opportunities for staffers to hold discussions with Chinese representatives from governmental and academic institutions as well as U.S. corporate executives based in China’s two largest cities. In Beijing the delegation visited the U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the National People’s Congress. In Shanghai, the group visited the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress and the Center for American Studies at Fudan University. In addition, the group visited sites of historical and contemporary significance, including the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, important archaeological sites in Xian, and the GM joint-venture plant and stock exchange in Shanghai.