Sunday October 20, 2019

SPRING 2015 POLICYMAKERS TRIP TO CHINA
March 28-April 7
Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai

At the Shanghai Stock Exchange

At the Shanghai Stock Exchange

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation (USCPF) led another successful Policymakers Trip to China from March 28-April 7. The spring delegation traveled to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. The trip highlighted China’s history, from ancient times through today, and had a special emphasis on commerce and development.

The delegation included participants from both Republican and Democrat offices in the House and Senate. Half were from offices of newly elected Members of Congress and many were from offices serving on the Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs, and Commerce Committees. The participants were all Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Chiefs of Staff, and Legislative Directors. For a majority of the participants, this trip was their first time traveling to China.

In Beijing, the delegation met with the US Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the American Chamber of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and professors at Peking University. This wide range of meetings with both US and Chinese experts and practitioners gave the delegation a diverse and comprehensive look at the key areas of interest in US-China relations.

These meetings also provided an opportunity for the participants to ask questions about trade, commerce, security and other areas of particular interest to their offices. For example, the prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) were both discussed throughout the different meetings.

By visiting Xi’an, one of China’s ancient capitals, participants had the opportunity to learn about China’s long history. They also met with local officials from the Shaanxi (provincial) Foreign Affairs Office.

The delegation also traveled to Shanghai, China’s financial hub and most populated city. After being designated a Special Economic Zone by the Chinese government, Shanghai’s Pudong New Area quickly developed into a thriving modern urban center. The delegation learned about this rapid economic development and China’s economic reforms by visiting Shanghai’s Urban Planning Museum, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the New Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Congressional staff delegations to China serve as an important method of exchange between U.S. and Chinese policymakers. We hope the participants will return to their congressional offices with a better understanding of China and U.S.-China relations. The USCPF would like to thank the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) for their help making the trip a success.

Spring 2015 Participants

Karl Ahlgren
Chief of Staff, Rep. Markwayne Mulin (R-OK)

Lorissa Bounds
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)

Brian Chatwin
Chief of Staff, Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV)

David FitzSimmons
Chief of Staff, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

Tyler Foote
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)

Miguel Franco
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)

Tyler Houlton
Chief of Staff, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

Cari Kelly
Legislative Director, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL)

Jane Lucas
Legislative Director, Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Kim Muzeroll
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL)

Marc Numedahl
Legislative Director, Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)

Erin O’Quinn
Legislative Director, Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)

Ritika Rodrigues
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO)

John Sandy
Chief of Staff, Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)

James Slepian
Chief of Staff, Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL)

Rev. Stanley Watkins
Chief of Staff, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)