The National Committee's involvement in congressional delegations to China was renewed shortly after China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) attempted acquisition of UNOCAL failed due to congressional objections. This was a vivid reminder of the importance of the American Congress in U.S.-China relations and the valuable role that the National Committee could play in congressional leadership education.

The National Committee took a major step in this direction in January 2006 when, for the first time in many years, it escorted the two co-chairs of the newly formed bipartisan congressional U.S.-China Working Group (USCWG), Rick Larsen (D-Washington) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), and a member of the Working Group, Tom Feeney (R-Florida) to China. National Committee President Stephen Orlins accompanied the delegation, which also included the two co-staff directors of the USCWG. With a focus on border and security issues, the delegation was the first foreign group since 1989 to visit the manned-space launch center in Jiuquan, where the Vice Space Administrator agreed to work with NASA in developing a joint space rescue capability.

The National Committee has continued arranging and escorting visits to China for USCWG members. In 2007, we sent a delegation to Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, and Shanghai, to discuss Olympic security, U.S.-China defense cooperation and a military-to-military hotline, food and product safety, border security, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics trafficking, and trade and economic policy; in 2009, we organized a delegation visit to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, with a primary focus on economic and trade issues; in 2011, we led a delegation to Beijing, Qingdao, and Chengdu to explore security issues and military to military relations; in 2013, we arranged for a delegation to tour Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, where they learned about aviation, urban planning, and ministerial governance in China, as well as the state of commercial relations between the two countries.

In March 2014, we sent four members of Congress — the two co-chairs of the USCWG, Congressmen Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), along with Congressmen Kenny Marchant (R-TX) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) — on a weeklong trip to Beijing, Xi'an, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. The delegation was escorted by NCUSCR president Stephen Orlins, Fordham Law professor Carl Minzner (a fellow in the NCUSCR's Public Intellectuals Program), and Terra Sabag and Florie Knauf, senior Hill staffers working in the offices of the USCWG co-chairs. The delegation focused its attention on the economic reforms outlined in the Third Plenum, the U.S.-China military/security relationship, and the current environment for U.S. businesses operating in China.

In September 2017, the National Committee escorted a seventh group to Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, and Qufu. The delegation was led by the two current co-chairs of the USCWG, Congressmen Rick Larsen (D-WA-2) and Darin LaHood (R-IL-18), joined by Congressmen Gregorio Sablan (D-NMI), Sean Maloney (D-NY-18), David Young (R-IA-3), and Roger Marshall (R-KS-1). Meetings focused on issues of agriculture, aviation, and environmental protection; the situation surrounding North Korea was also a frequent topic of discussion. The delegation met with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang in Zhongnanhai, Chair Madame Fu Ying of the National People’s Congress, vice ministers of various ministries including Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, the Central Military Commission, foreign and local NGOs, American and Chinese businessmen, provincial and municipals officials from Shandong, among others.

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