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APRIL 2011 POLICYMAKERS TRIP TO CHINA
April 16-23, 2011

In mid-April, the USCPF completed another successful Policymakers Trip to China program. Hosted in China by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), USCPF led an eleven-person delegation of bipartisan Congressional staff from the offices of the newly elected members of the 112th U.S. Congress on an eight-day tour through China. Since the participants in the April Policymakers trip had never been to China before, the visit highlighted Chinese history, culture, and society. During their time in Beijing, the delegation attended briefings at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), toured the National People’s Congress (NPC) and met with Mr. Ma Wenpu, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, NPC, and attended a luncheon hosted by Ambassador Chen Yonglong, Vice President of CPIFA. Participants learned about Chinese culture and art during a visit to the Beijing Capital Museum, while a briefing on and tour of the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City illuminated traditional Chinese architecture. The delegation also learned about Chinese agriculture at the Valley of the Rainbow Trout and experienced Chinese history first-hand when they climbed the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.

Following their time in Beijing, the participants departed for Shanghai. Upon arrival, the delegation visited the Jiading District of Shanghai where they met with local village officials and observed the agrarian lifestyle in China. Although their time in Shanghai was short, the delegation also enjoyed meeting with Pudong District officials, visiting the China Pavilion in the World Expo Park and the Shanghai World Financial Center, and an evening river cruise of the city.

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation was delighted to organize the April Policymakers Trip to China program for Congressional staffers of the newest members of Congress. Having never traveled to China previously, participants in the delegation used this trip as an opportunity to learn about China through first-hand observations. Upon their return to the United States, the delegation members have begun applying their newly acquired knowledge of China to their work advising members of Congress.

2011 POLICYMAKERS DELEGATION PARTICIPANTS:

Will Adams
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)

Rose Baumann
Legislative Director, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Adam Hepburn
Legislative Director, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)

Christin Parras
Executive Assistant, Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID)

Mark Pettitt
Chief of Staff, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Chip Saltsman
Chief of Staff, Rep. Charles Fleischmann (R-TN)

Meyer Seligman
Legislative Director, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS)

Scott Shiller
Legislative Director, Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

Jonathan Stahler
Legislative Director, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Deke Tompkins
Legislative Assistant, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)

Sarah Whiting
Legislative Director, Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN)