Wednesday May 27, 2020

Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.
May 22, 2012

On May 22, 2012, the USCPF hosted a lunch reception at the Cosmos Club to welcome Ambassador Lu Shumin, vice president of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), and members of his delegation during their visit to Washington. Among one of the first members of the Chinese foreign ministry to be posted abroad, Ambassador Lu fondly recalled his early years of promoting U.S.-China relations under the Jiang administration and remarked on the wide-ranging cooperative activities that have developed since then in bilateral relations.

Amb. Lu was accompanied by Mr. He Zhigeng, director for Asian, African and American Affairs at CPIFA; Mr. Xing Susu, deputy director for policy research at CPIFA; and Ms. Lv Ting, staff member of the Department of North American and Oceanic Affairs at CPIFA. Counselor He Xiangdong and First Secretary Shen Jun represented the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. USCPF board members Amb. James Sasser, Amb. Herbert Horowitz and The Honorable Donald Anderson also attended the luncheon, as well as other distinguished friends of the foundation.

Founded in 1949, CPIFA is one of the most important foreign policy organizations in China and has a long history of hosting Heads of States, high-ranking U.S. government officials, as well as scholars. CPIFA hosted Presidents Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and Bush when they visited China.  For the past few years, the CPIFA has also collaborated with the USCPF to arrange our annual Policymakers Trip to China program, and will be working to plan our trip for congressional chiefs of staff during the 2012 August recess.