Wednesday September 30, 2020

Founded in 1995, the United States-China Policy Foundation (USCPF) is a non-partisan, non-profit, non-advocacy organization that promotes a greater understanding between American and Chinese policymakers, researchers, and government officials. USCPF seeks to provide opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners of foreign policy to interact in more diverse and substantial ways. USCPF also conducts research on U.S.-China policies and relations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation does not advocate any policy or attempt to influence policy decisions, but instead provides information in order to increase awareness of issues in U.S.-China relations.

As a research-oriented organization, the Foundation undertakes the following activities to fulfill its educational mission:

  • COORDINATING research efforts on topics and issues related to U.S.-China policy.
  • ORGANIZING exchanges and visits between specialists on U.S.-China relations, policymakers, and officials from both nations.
  • FACILITATING opportunities for discussion between U.S. policymakers and senior Chinese leaders in an unofficial capacity.
  • EDUCATING bright, young college graduates on U.S.-China policy and helping them to pursue their professional aspirations.
  • ACTING as a focal point for an informal network of American China specialists and Chinese specialists on the U.S.
  • PROVIDING free consultative services to American scholars and policymakers on various U.S.-China policy issues.
  • SUGGESTING or furnishing experts with information on issues related to U.S.-China policy.
  • PROMOTING the development of China studies in U.S. institutions of higher education.
  • MAINTAINING a collection of scholarly work and articles for research purposes.
  • HOSTING seminars and conferences on issues related to U.S.-China relations.


Dear Friends,

This past year has been a uniquely trying time for U.S.-China relations. With the ongoing trade war and rising tensions in the South China Sea, mistrust between the U.S. and China has risen to an all-time high, threatening this eminently important bilateral relationship. It is the recognition of the significance and global impact of this relationship that has encouraged leaders in both countries to find ways to look past their differences over the years, find common ground, work through conflicts, and continue to engage. It is vital that our leaders enter the new year with this mindset firmly in place.

I find it very fitting that 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of China and America’s official diplomatic ties. President Nixon, President Carter, Deng Xiaoping, and all the advisers and officials involved recognized the need for official relations and increased ties. They understood that, ultimately, a working relationship was worth the monumental effort they put into it. As the Trump administration and the Chinese government work towards resolving the trade war over the next few months, it is my hope they will draw inspiration from this generation of leaders, both American and Chinese.

As politicians and pundits question the value of engagement today, it is important to remember the lessons from the past. The U.S.-China relationship has often become rocky, as is to be expected with two countries that have stark differences in ideology, governance, and values. Despite this, we were able to make it to the other side of the many tense periods we faced over the past four decades. The most important factors of that enduring relationship are a strong groundwork and mutual dedication to a harmonious existence.

This year the USCPF celebrated 23 years of programs seeking to improve understanding between the U.S. and China. Our annual delegations of senior congressional staff to China have continued to offer opportunities to promote exchange between our respective policymakers and government officials. In this difficult global political climate, we believe every bit of understanding and perspective we can foster is vital to an improved U.S.-China relationship.

Our programs to improve U.S.-China relations would be impossible without our supporters, including our dedicated Board Members, staff, and sponsors. As a non-partisan, non-profit, educational organization, the USCPF does not accept foreign or U.S. government money, so our successes are a direct result of our generous friends and sponsors.

Looking forward, 2019 is likely to be another eventful year in U.S.-China relations. As the trade war continues to develop, and military tensions in the region simmer, it is my hope that our governments will do their best to work towards a brighter future for us all. Here at USCPF we will continue to do our part fostering understanding between the U.S. and China — next year, and for many years to come.

Best wishes,

Warmest regards,

Chi Wang, PhD
President and Chair
U.S.-China Policy Foundation