From the President

For more than half a century, the National Committee has been on the front lines of the dynamic Sino-American relationship, from the historic U.S. tour of the Chinese ping pong team to President Xi Jinping's 2015 visit to Seattle. Throughout our history, we have fostered constructive relations for the benefit of both countries and the global community. As the relationship has evolved and grown in complexity over time, the National Committee has responded to immediate crises and systemic shifts by providing a platform for dialogue and by creating relevant, high-impact programs.

As we look ahead to 2019 and beyond, 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. We are both obligated and uniquely positioned to play a leading role in navigating the U.S.-China relationship through this era of uncertainty. Thanks to our generous donors as well as the tireless efforts of our board and staff, we are able to invest in the future of the U.S.-China relationship by creating innovative new programs that tackle the complex political, social, and technological challenges of our time.

Our Now More Than Ever 50th Anniversary Campaign raised more than $15 million to bolster our flagship programs and establish brand new ones including Track II dialogues on healthcare and the digital economy, as well as next generation programs like our Schwarzman Scholars Partnership. I would like to thank you for your commitment to the National Committee and the work we do to promote constructive engagement between our two countries — needed now more than ever. We take pride in the increased understanding that our Track II dialogues, delegation trips, member programs, public events, and other activities foster. None of it would be possible without the support and encouragement of our members and friends.

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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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