Wednesday November 22, 2017

For the past 16 years, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation has organized the Policymakers Trip to China Program. The program sends a bipartisan delegation of Congressional chiefs of staff and other senior staff members on educational trips to China, providing the participants with firsthand insight into the significant issues affecting modern Chinese and serving as an introduction to Sino-US relations. USCPF especially encourages staff members who have never been to China before to join the delegation.

The U.S.-China relationship is among the most significant bilateral relationships in the world. Members of Congressional staff have a unique opportunity to inform our nation’s legislators as they shape American policy toward China. The Policymakers Program presents an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the complex Sino-American relationship and obtain the knowledge necessary to make informed policy recommendations during the course of their careers.

For each delegation, we select staff members with different interests in common, such as membership in the same key committee. We then arrange the trip so that the delegation visits cities and attends meetings that are in line with these interest areas. This method insures a cohesive group that is able to engage fully during meetings as well as an itinerary targeted to the needs of the group. By selecting different committees or subject areas for each trip, USCPF exposes a wider and more diverse range of Congressional staff members to China and the topics affecting U.S.-China relations.

The educational trips to China are approved under Section 108A of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA). For more information, please see MECEA 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.  USCPF works with the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) to plan our Spring and August delegations. CPIFA has been fostering people-to-people relations by hosting foreign delegations to China since 1949.


If you are interested in participating in the USCPF’s future Policymakers programs, please contact the Foundation by phone at (202) 547-8615 or via email at


Links to additional Policymakers information:

Previous Policymaker Trips
Prior Program Participants by Year