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USCPF HOSTS DELEGATION OF CHINESE SCHOLARS

February 24-25, 2014

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation was joined by a delegation of Chinese scholars from February 24-25 in Washington, DC. Hosting this visiting group from China gave the U.S.-China Policy Foundation an opportunity to promote increased U.S.-China understanding through people-to-people exchanges and dialogue.

The Chinese delegation was organized by Consensus Media Group, an influential Chinese media group with a global and political focus. The group consisted of top scholars, writers, and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines, including law, economics, American studies, and social sciences. The timing of this trip comes not too long after China’s Third Plenum and the many new ideas and reforms proposed there. The group traveled to the U.S. to meet with American scholars and policy makers in order to learn from the United States and return to China with new insight and recommendations to help make these reforms a success.

During their first day in Washington, the Chinese scholars visited the office of Congresswoman Grace Meng. Congresswoman Meng is the first Asian American from New York to be elected to Congress. She also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The delegation had the opportunity to speak with the Congresswoman’s chief of staff about U.S.-China relations and the U.S. Congress before heading on a tour of the Capitol.

For many of the participants, it was their first time in Washington, DC and even the United States. Visiting our nation’s capital allowed them to gain a better understanding of the U.S., the U.S. system of government, and the values important to Americans. The Chinese scholars then joined USCPF for a welcome dinner where they had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our Foundation, ask questions, and hear from longtime USCPF friend and China expert, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

The following day, USCPF and the visiting delegation were joined by American China scholars, former U.S. ambassadors to China, and congressional chiefs of staff for a luncheon at the Cosmos Club. Many of the American guests impressed their Chinese counterparts with their excellent Chinese language skills. In a pleasant mix of Mandarin and English, the guests were able to discuss the U.S. and China and share their different perspectives, ideas, and viewpoints.

This type of informal engagement allows for a candid exchange of ideas and helps break down misconceptions between the two countries. The U.S.-China Policy Foundation is happy to host events like these that improve ties between the U.S. and China.