Friday February 21, 2020

March 23-April 3, 2016
Beijing, Shanghai, Wuzhen


At the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

From March 26-April 3, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation led another Policymakers Trip to China. This delegation included 12 Chiefs of Staff and senior staff and traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuzhen. The participants came from both Democratic and Republican offices in the Senate and House. The trip focused on education, commerce, and development.

In Beijing, the delegation spoke with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy and were able to discuss both the U.S. and Chinese perspectives on key issues related to trade, foreign policy, and security concerns, such as the South China Sea Disputes. While in Beijing, participants also attended meetings at a local primary school and hospital.

The delegation then traveled to Shanghai, China’s most populated city and an important financial hub. Participants learned about the city’s rapid development and growth, an example of China’s opening up and economic policies. They visited the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the New Pilot Free Trade Zone and the Urban Planning Museum. They also visited an internet education company and had a discussion with representatives from Fudan University’s Center of American Studies.

Next, the delegation took the high speed train to Zhejiang Province where they stayed in Wuzhen. Wuzhen is a small, historic water town located less than 50 miles from Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. While its historic roots give it an old China feel, Wuzhen is also a very high-tech city. Wuzhen is home to the World Internet Conference. It is a “smart city” with wi-fi access in most public spaces, phone payment systems, a town smart phone app, an internet hospital, and more. The town combines elements of Chinese ancient small town culture with its aspirations for a high-tech future, giving participants a unique perspective of China.

The USCPF led congressional staff delegations are an important form of people-to-people exchange between the U.S. and China. We hope the participants return to their offices in DC with a better understanding of the U.S.-China relationship. We would also like to thank the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) for their assistance with this trip.

Policymakers Participants

Betsy Arnold Marr, Chief of Staff
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)

Sean Coit, Communications Director
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

Chris CrawfordChief of Staff
Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA)

Sarah Drake, Deputy Chief of Staff
Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)

David Lucas,Chief of Staff
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)

Chris Lynch, Chief of Staff
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Justin Oswald, Chief of Staff
Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY)

Daniel Rhea, Communications Director
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)

Rob Porter, Chief of Staff
Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)

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

Patrick Satalin, Deputy Chief of Staff
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

Jennifer Van der Heide, Chief of Staff
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)