Friday February 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.
July 17, 2012


On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, the USCPF hosted a briefing at our offices in Washington, D.C., followed by lunch, for a 21-person delegation of Chinese high school exchange students from the Hainan No. 1 High School currently visiting the United States. Their summer language and cultural immersion program in the United States was arranged by the Astar Education Institute.

USCPF staff briefly introduced the organization’s mission and exchange programs to the students and highlighted the central importance of people-to-people exchanges in U.S.-China relations. A teacher accompanying the delegation shared with us the news that Haikou, the capital of Hainan province, was currently in the process of introducing more classes that were geared toward teaching students about Sino-U.S. relations in top high schools like this one.

A popular tourist destination among Chinese and what some have called “Hawaii in Asia,” there has been a recent push in the island province of Hainan to expand education exchanges, attract international universities with tourism and hospitality programs, and foster friendly relations with American as well as Canadian universities. This particular high school had recently established an international exchange center. Many of the students in the delegation spoke exceptional English, were curious about U.S.-China relations and had even participated before in activities such as Model United Nations at their school.