Bernice Xu joined the National Committee in July 2020 as a program assistant. Ms. Xu’s background and experience as a Chinese-American has inspired her interest and desire to shape U.S. policy toward China. Starting from a young age, she has spent summers traveling throughout China and being immersed in Chinese language and culture. This led her to develop a natural interest in world history, American politics, and international affairs, the latter of which she studied as her major in college. Her undergraduate research centered on surveying the implications of China’s political, economic, and military rise for U.S. foreign policy. She completed her thesis on China’s evolving role in the Middle East, specifically examining the Arab-Israeli conflict and BRI.

Ms. Xu graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2019 with a B.A. in international affairs, where she concentrated in conflict resolution, East Asia, and the Middle East, and minored in statistics. She recently spent a year serving as a young ambassador and research intern for the director Paul Haenle at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. She has also worked on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Steve Cohen and in political consulting in Washington, D.C. 

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