Sunday February 23, 2020

Gala Announcement 2018Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Sponsorship and Ticket Information
USCPF 2018 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 23rd anniversary with a gala dinner held on Wednesday, December 5th 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).

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; Ambassador Max Baucus, U.S. Ambassador to China (2014-2017) and U.S. Senator from Montana (1978-2014); 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 build bilateral business connections with executives and officials, from both the U.S. and China.

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

This year has been an important year for China’s increased presence on the global stage. China continues to pursue multilateral infrastructure and trade projects through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Xi Jinping also reinvigorated China’s relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of the historic U.S.-North Korea summit. As China increases its role in the international community, it is important to strengthen America’s understanding of China, its policies, and its priorities. In light of current U.S.-China tensions it is increasingly necessary to encourage mutual understanding and engagement.

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 2017 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
22nd Annual Gala Dinner (2017)
Photos from Past Galas

2017 Gala Speakers (Video)
China Forum at the 2017 Gala (Video)
U.S.-China Policy Foundation Annual Report (2017)
Gala Media Links

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.