Message from the USCPF President on our 10th Anniversary
“Ten Years of Success” - a Letter from the President
Dear Friends of the Foundation:
As we near the end of 2005, I am happy to report to board members, friends and other supporters that the U.S.-China Policy Foundation has been a resounding success since its inception in 1995.
To start, I would like to express my gratitude to several good friends: the late Ambassador John H. Holdridge, the late Ambassador Arthur Hummel Jr., and Professor A. Doak Barnett. They were steadfast about the need for an organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated to improving understanding between the U.S. and China and encouraged me to play a leading role in its establishment.
Looking back, when I was in high school, my career goal was to serve as Chinese ambassador to the United States. I was unable to fulfill that wild dream, but I am just as content to have been able to serve on the board and as an executive officer of USCPF. The foundation is the only one of its kind with a Chinese American as president.
Our programs and activities have flourished over the past 10 years. I do not want itemize all our achievements, but I would be remiss if I neglected to mention some our proudest moments.
First is the annual Policymakers Seminar and Trip to China. Every year we recruit congressional staff members interested in U.S.-China relations to attend a series of lectures before traveling to China to meet with their counterparts. In the eight years since the program was introduced, more than 150 congressional staffers have said the program helped them gain a better understanding of China.
Second are the dozens of college and graduate students who have worked at USCPF. Our former staffers have moved on to top government positions, joined the legal profession or become business entrepreneurs in China. We are confident USCPF will remain a fertile training ground for future diplomats and political and business leaders interested in China.
This year has been our busiest to date. Notable events included a roundtable discussion at the National Press Club; hosting the first welcome luncheon for the new Chinese ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong; conducting a panel discussion entitled, “Can the U.S. Come to Grips With a Growing China?”; sponsoring a high school teachers workshop in the summer with Sidwell Friends School; and hosting a Chinese Ministry of Culture library delegation and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies. Last week, the foundation sponsored a screening of “The Sound of Tibet” at the AFI Silver Theater.
Looking toward the future, the foundation has established a new corporate advisory council under the premise that U.S.-China trade and business will be of vital importance for generations to come. We have invited several corporations, including Boeing, Cargill and FedEx, to join the council to help develop a healthier U.S.-China trade policy. We expect the council to be in place by next year.
During my tenure as USCPF president, I have had the good fortune to meet some of the world’s top decision-makers, including members of Congress and presidents of the U.S., and to work with leaders in academia, including professors, deans and university presidents. It is through many of those ties that the USCPF has been able to create a bond with other think tanks in Washington and nationally.
I am grateful to our board members who have been so supportive of the foundation. This year we added Dr. Robert Kapp, former president of the U.S.-China Business Council, and Dr. David Lampton, dean of faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a distinguished China scholar.
We look forward to another rewarding decade of promoting improved relations between the U.S. and China and wish you much joy and prosperity in this holiday season and the New Year.