From the President

From the historic U.S. tour of the Chinese table tennis team to President Xi Jinping's 2015 visit to Seattle, the National Committee has been at the forefront of the dynamic Sino-American relationship. Throughout, we have fostered constructive relations for the benefit of both countries and the global community.

On the occasion of our 50th Anniversary, we invite you to join us in celebrating our founding in 1966. Our celebration includes an array of exciting programs and events with leading policymakers, business leaders, and experts that examine the Sino-American relationship, highlight future opportunities and risks, and reflect on the rich history of our organization. Join us for the following:

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary year, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the National Committee and the work we do to promote constructive U.S.-China relations -- needed now more than ever. We take pride in the increased understanding that our member programs, public events, delegation trips, Track II dialogues and other activities foster. None of it would be possible without the support and encouragement of members and friends.

We invite you to engage with us on our website:

Best wishes,

Stephen A. Orlins, President

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 nonprofit 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 800 Americans from all parts of the country and 80 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 by grants from the United States Department of State, private foundations, corporate sponsors, and the Committee's members and other interested citizens. The Committee is classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations 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.