December 4-11, 2004
USCPF Security Studies Delegation
The US-China Policy Foundation (USCPF) recently returned from China where we visited with a security studies delegation. The delegation was hosted by the Chinese Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), and included Dr. Chi Wang, President and Co-Chair of the USCPF, Admiral Dennis Blair, former Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Dr. Kenneth Lieberthal, a former member of the National Security Council and Andrew Morentz, a Program Associate and Analyst with the Foundation.
During their time in China the delegation engaged in intimate face-to-face discussions with top members of China’s military high command including Minister of Defense General Cao Gangchuan and General Xiong Guangkai, the Deputy Chief of General Staff. The delegation also engaged in a two-day workshop with CIISS during which they exchanged views on US-China security issues and discussed ways in which we could improve our military-to-military relations.
After their time in Beijing, the delegation toured museums and corporations in Weihai, Qingdao and Shanghai. Among the business leaders who received the delegation were the CEOs of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, the Haier Corporation and eTang.
The visit was an extremely successful one, and the USCPF hopes to have laid the groundwork for a long-term relationship with CIISS. We hope to host a CIISS delegation for a trip to the United States in late 2005.
The USCPF is currently working to publish a book of meeting notes and transcripts from the delegation to give others the benefit of our unique opportunity to visit with China's military high command.