Sunday October 20, 2019

AUGUST 2013 POLICYMAKERS TRIP TO CHINA

August 4-14, 2013

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation led another congressional delegation to China during the August congressional recess. USCPF’s most recent educational Policymakers Trip to China was a success. This ten-day trip, hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), took senior congressional staff members to Beijing, Qingdao, and Dalian.

This summer’s delegation consisted of 10 congressional staff members. Democrat, Republican, and Independent Members of Congress were all represented. Participants came from both the House and Senate as well as from all regions of the country. The group was made up of chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and senior staff from offices that serve on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.

In Beijing, our delegation met with officials at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy. Having these two meetings back-to-back gave our participants rounded insight into both the Chinese and U.S. perspective on key issues. These first meetings quickly set the tone for the entire trip, full of thoughtful questions and interesting dialogue.

With the recent emphasis the U.S. and China has placed on improving military-to-military relations, we wanted to make sure our delegation had the opportunity to discuss the future of U.S.-China military relations. Our delegation met with officials from the Chinese Ministry of National Defense and with representatives from the Chinese Institute for International and Strategic Studies. Participants were also able to visit cultural and historic sites in China such as the Great Wall, the Great Hall of the People, and the Forbidden City.

The delegation then rode China’s high-speed train to Qingdao. Both the high speed train and Qingdao’s sea bridge provided examples of China’s impressive infrastructure projects. Participants also visited Chinese international corporations with offices in the United States were able to discuss the prospects of Chinese foreign direct investment into the U.S.

In Dalian, our delegation visited an economic development zone with, a high tech zone, and a commercial port. By visiting Qingdao and Dalian, both more developed coastal cities, the Congressional staff members had the opportunity to see, first-hand, the results of China’s economic growth.

This policymakers trip to China helped Congressional staff members learn more about China’s infrastructure, economic development, military, and foreign affairs. They also had the opportunity to have informal conversations with both national and local officials. These types of interactions and meetings increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and China and allow for improved U.S.-China relations.

August 2013 Policymakers Delegation Participants

Reed Adamson, Chief of Staff
Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL)

Greg Buzzard, General Counsel
Senator John Rockefeller IV (D-WV)

Mavonne Garrity, Senior Policy Advisor
Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)

Cookab Hashemi, Chief of Staff
Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Matt Hodge, Legislative Assistant
Representative Austin Scott (R-GA)

Tim Itnyre, Legislative Director
Representative Paul Cook (R-CA)

James Mazol, Legislative Assistant
Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)

Chad Metzler, Legislative Director
Senator Angus King (I-ME)

James Walkinshaw, Chief of Staff
Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA)

Stan White, Chief of Staff
Representative Robert Brady (D-PA)