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August 6-15, 2011

During the August Congressional recess, the USCPF completed another successful Policymakers Trip to China program, sending nine staff members from the U.S. House & Senate on a ten-day educational tour of China. Hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), the educational trip brought the participants to Beijing, western Qinghai province, and Tibet. The visit focused on exploring China’s ethnic minority cultures & western landscapes.

Beginning their trip in Beijing, the delegation received briefings at the U.S. Embassy & the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and attended a welcome luncheon hosted by Ambassador Chen Yonglong, Vice President of the CPIFA. Outside of official meetings, the Congressional staff members visited Beijing’s historic sites, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall at Mutianyu, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park.

After Beijing, the delegates departed for Xining, capital of western Qinghai province. In Xining, they learned about ancient and modern-day traditions of the Tibetan Buddhist religion by visiting the local Ta’er temple and toured the magnificent Qinghai Lake. The largest lake in China, Qinghai Lake stretches over 1.7 thousand square miles. The delegation spent the rest of their time in Xining talking with local residents and touring local attractions, which helped them to better understand the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Chinese population.

The delegation then boarded the Qinghai-Tibet Railway train, beginning the 24-hour trip to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Arriving in the city, which is situated at 11.4 thousand feet above sea level, the delegation visited a family at a local Economy Housing Project and learned about the prominent economic development policies being implemented in China’s western territories. They also toured Lhasa’s religious structures & scenic attractions: Norbulinka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama; the Potala Palace, the administrative center of Tibetan Buddhism; the Museum of Tibet; the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet; and vibrant Barkhor Square at Lhasa’s center. The delegation ended their time in Lhasa by meeting with officials of the People’s Congress of the Tibetan Autonomous Region and attending an official government banquet in their honor.

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. The Policymakers program operates with the mission of providing U.S. Congressional staff with enhanced 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.



Brendan Belair
Chief of Staff, Rep. John Carter (R-TX)

Jean Hinz
Chief of Staff, Rep. John Kline (R-MN)

Adam Howard
Senior Policy Advisor, Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)

Connie Humphrey
Chief of Staff, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)

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

Susan Mosychuk
Chief of Staff, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)

Jacque Ponder
Chief of Staff, Rep.  Mike Coffman (R-CO)

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

Todd Womack
Chief of Staff, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)


USCPF has worked in close concert with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) to organize and execute the 2011 Policymakers Educational Trip to China Programs, which are approved by the U.S. Department of State under Section 108A of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA). For more information, please see 22 U.S.C. 2451etseq.

For more information about the August trip and past Policymakers programs, please see our Policymakers page.