Friday October 18, 2019

AUGUST 2012 POLICYMAKERS TRIP TO CHINA
August 4-14, 2012

 

 

During the August Congressional recess, the USCPF completed another successful Policymakers Trip to China program, sending a bipartisan delegation of chiefs of staff and senior staff from the U.S. Senate & House on a ten-day educational tour of China. Hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) and the Hong Kong Information Services Department, the trip brought the ten delegation members to Beijing, Guilin and Hong Kong, where they learned firsthand about Chinese history, culture, and society.

The delegation first learned about Hong Kong’s important role as a financial hub for the Asian region and greater China, facilitated by the “one country, two systems” policy China pursues toward the special administrative region. The delegation departed Hong Kong for Beijing, where they received briefings on bilateral relations at the U.S. Embassy, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. During their time in Beijing, the senior Congressional staff delegation also met with Mr. Ma Wenpu, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and were hosted by Ambassador Peng Keyu, Vice President of CPIFA, at a banquet dinner. Outside of official meetings, the Congressional staff members visited Beijing’s historic sites, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park.

Following their time in Beijing, the participants departed for Guilin, a city in southern Guangxi Province known in China for its natural landscapes and soaring limestone rock formations. Upon arrival, local Guilin officials hosted a welcoming banquet for the delegation. Although their time in Guilin was limited, the delegation was able to enjoy a Chinese folk show, take a cruise down the Li River and visit the famed rice terrace paddies atop Longsheng.

Once again, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation enjoyed organizing this unique opportunity for Congressional staff members to travel to China and learn about the country’s diverse people, cultures, and landscapes. Since its establishment, the Policymakers Trip to China program has operated with the mission of providing Congressional staff with exclusive insight into the issues affecting modern-day China and U.S.-China relations. We hope this August’s delegation will use their first-hand knowledge of the country to facilitate their work advising members of Congress.

 

 

2012 POLICYMAKERS DELEGATION PARTICIPANTS:

Michelle Dorothy
Chief of Staff, Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)

Glen Downs
Chief of Staff, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)

Andi Fouberg
Communications Director, Sen. John Thune (R-SD)

Ryan Loskarn
Chief of Staff, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Ed McDonald
Chief of Staff, Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)

Jedd Moskowitz
Chief of Staff, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY)

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

Ted Schroeder
Chief Counsel, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

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

Michael Zamore
Chief of Staff, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)