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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cocktail Reception at 6:30 pm followed by
Dinner & Program at 7:00 pm

Sponsorship and Ticket Information
USCPF 2017 Gala Invitation

There are also opportunities to purchase an ad in our gala program.
For more information, see details below or email

About the Gala Dinner

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation (USCPF), a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC that has been promoting greater understanding between American and Chinese policymakers, researchers, and government officials since 1995. This year USCPF will be celebrating our 22nd anniversary with a gala dinner held on Wednesday, November 15th at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s gala will be co-chaired by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, U.S. Ambassador to China (1991-1995), and Ambassador James Sasser, U.S. Ambassador to China (1996-1999) and U.S. Senator from Tennessee (1977-1995). We are also pleased to announce that one of our speakers this year will be Ambassador Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China (2014-2017) and former U.S. Senator from Montana (1978-2014). Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai will also be making remarks and will share his thoughts on the meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi that will have just taken place.

Our previous gala dinners were attended by over 200 guests. Past speakers and honored guests include the late Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor under President Carter; The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, who served as the 29th Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush; The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th Secretary of Labor and 18th Secretary of Transportation; U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group, Michael Turner (R-OH), Grace Meng (D-NY), and Cliff Stearns (R-FL); former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and the late Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI). We expect a similar turn out this year, with Chinese and American business leaders, government officials, senior diplomats, and scholars all in attendance. The Foundation’s gala will be an excellent opportunity to meet senior executives and officials, from both China and the U.S., and build bilateral business connections.

We invite you to sponsor a table at the annual gala, but contributions at any level are welcome, including options for half-table and single ticket purchases. The USCPF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; therefore, all donations are tax-deductible.

About U.S.-China Relations and the USCPF

The U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. With a new administration in the White House and upcoming leadership changes during China’s 19th Party Congress, as well as recent tensions over issues such as North Korea and trade, building unofficial connections is increasingly vital. The U.S. relationship with China is too important to ignore.

USCPF is dedicated to its goal of building bridges and mutual understanding between these two countries through education, engagement, cultural exchanges, and business dialogue. We also make a special effort to reach out to students and young professionals, who will become the next generation of leaders, policymakers, and public servants. It is important to ensure that, despite leadership and policy changes, the larger pillars of the relationship remain: people-to-people ties, trade, and business connections.

For over 20 years, USCPF has been the only organization in our nation’s capital solely dedicated to increasing mutual understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and China. We have proven experience making real and tangible strides toward bettering this vital relationship. Recognizing the importance of furthering U.S.-China relations, many former American diplomats and government officials volunteer their time as USCPF Board Members, including Ambassador James Sasser (Amb. to China 1995-2001), Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy (Amb. to China 1991-1995), and Ambassador Herbert E. Horowitz (Amb. to Gambia 1986-1989, DCM to China 1984-1986).

Your support will fund a variety of programs and projects, including:

  • Educational delegations to China for the senior staff of U.S. Senators and Congress Members (link), track II military delegations (link), and business delegations allowing American companies to meet with Chinese officials and Chinese companies.
  • Fall, Spring, and Summer internship programs training young students to become future leaders and policymakers in U.S.-China relations. Each year, we receive many more applicants than we have the capacity for. We hope that with additional funding we can further expand our internship program.
  • Public panels and discussions on current topics related to U.S.-China relations. (link)
  • Dialogues and exchanges between U.S. and Chinese officials, scholars, and business leaders. USCPF also helps welcome Chinese leaders when they visit the U.S., including President Xi Jinping. (link)
  • Various publications including The Washington Journal of Modern China (link), the China Forum television program (link), and a variety of books and reports written by our Board Members.
  • Cultural events, including art exhibits, film screenings, and displays of historical photos. (link)

For more information on the work that the USCPF has done to build ties between the U.S. and China, please see USCPF’s 20 Years in Pictures, our 2016 Annual Report, and details about our yearly congressional staff delegations to China.

USCPF is unique in that our accomplished board members are all volunteers, and because we do not accept government funding so that we can remain impartial. Because of this, the work our Foundation does would truly not be possible without the generous support of our corporate sponsors.

Links to More Information
21st Annual Gala Dinner (2016)
Photos from Past Galas

2016 Gala Speakers (Video)
2016 Gala Reception Interviews (Video)
U.S.-China Policy Foundation Annual Report (2016)
Gala Media Links

Gala Sponsors


The U.S.-China Policy Foundation (USCPF) is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
As such, all donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.