From the President


The National Committee has been at the forefront of the dynamic Sino-American relationship for more than half a century, from its role in Ping Pong Diplomacy to its leadership in addressing the 21st century's most complex political, social, economic, and security challenges.

As U.S.-China relations face increasing friction, we are confronted with a new era of bilateral and global uncertainty, underscoring the urgency of our mission and the importance of stable and productive relations between the world's two greatest economic and military powers.

The National Committee is committed to promoting forthright dialogue, mutual understanding, and constructive cooperation through our four programmatic areas that include:

We invite you to engage with the National Committee on our website

Best wishes,

Stephen A. Orlins

Our Mission

The National Committee on United States-China Relations promotes understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino-American relations serve vital American and world interests.

Who We Are

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a non-profit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States between citizens of both countries. The Committee's continuity of experience and depth of associations with senior officials and distinguished citizens of China and the United States make it a unique national resource. Established in 1966 by a broad coalition of scholars and civic, religious, and business leaders, the Committee was founded in the belief that vigorous debate of China policy among Americans was essential and that balanced public education could clarify U.S. interests and strengthen our foreign policy. Similarly, the founders believed that over time dialogue with Chinese citizens would enhance mutual understanding, a basic requirement for stable and productive relations.

Over the decades, the Committee's basic purposes have not changed, although programs have been developed in response to shifting needs and opportunities. The Committee focuses its exchange, educational, and policy programs on international relations, economic development and management, governance and legal affairs, environmental and other global concerns, mass communication, and education administration – addressing these issues with respect to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Committee's programs draw strength from its members, who now number more than 700 Americans from all parts of the country, and nearly 60 corporations and professional firms. They represent many viewpoints, but share the belief that increased public knowledge of China and U.S.-China relations requires ongoing public education, face-to-face contact and forthright exchange of ideas.

The work of the National Committee is made possible through the support of U.S. entities and American citizens, including private foundations, corporate sponsors, the U.S. Department of State, members, and friends. The National Committee is classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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The National Committee on United States-China Relations, Inc., welcomes financial and in-kind contributions. The Committee is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and, as such, donations to it are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.