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Ambassador Qiu Meets with Senators, USCPF Board

On September 4th and 5th, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation was honored to assist the Chinese Embassy in hosting Ambassador Qiu Shengyun as he visited the nation's capital. On his first stop in a week-long trip to the United States, Ambassador Qiu, who is the Vice President of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), met with Senators, USCPF Board members, area China experts and congressional staffers to discuss important issues in U.S.-China relations and improve understanding between our two countries.

The ambassador met with many members of Congress, including USCPF honorary advisor Senator Dianne Feinstein, before meeting with alumni of our Policymakers Trip to China Program. Ambassador Qiu has hosted our trip for the last few years, and he and the congressional staffers were happy to see each other again in the Lyndon B. Johnson room of the Capitol for breakfast.

With the help of board member Dr. Bates Gill, USCPF hosted a lunch with the ambassador at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for our executive board and select area China scholars. Ambassador Qiu led a remarkably open and productive conversation ranging from China's trade surplus with the United States to the impact of domestic politics on Sino-U.S. relations.

Ambassador Qiu served as an interpreter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, worked as a representative in the Chinese Embassies in Mauritius and Surinam, and served in the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs before being posted to the Chinese Embassy in the United States. After his service in the United States, Ambassador Qiu worked as the First Secretary of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed as the Chinese Consul General in Houston in 1993, and then as the Consul General with ambassadorial rank in New York in 1996.

Ambassador Qiu was appointed as the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom of Jordan in 1999. Ambassador Qiu later became Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs in 2001.

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