Since 2007, the National Committee has sent regular delegations of congressional senior staff members to China each year. To date, more than 150 congressional offices and committees have participated in an NCUSCR-led staff delegation to China, which draw senior aides from both the Senate and House and from both D.C. and non-D.C.-based offices.

The discussions, meetings, and site-visits on these eight to ten-day, in-country programs focus on key issues in the U.S.-China relationship, such as energy, climate change, security, and trade. As part of their explorations, groups have investigated China's emerging alternative energy sector, minority issues, high-speed rail and infrastructure development, technological innovation, and agriculture.

Largely listening tours for the participants to develop their understanding of China's accomplishments and challenges, these visits complement the Committee's other efforts to educate Congress on issues relating to China, including our congressional member delegations to China and Capitol Hill briefings for new members of Congress.

For each trip, either the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress in China or the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs assists the National Committee in arranging senior-level visits within China and setting up other meetings and activities. The National Committee works closely with one such counterpart organization and the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. to develop an informative and pertinent itinerary. All congressional trips are conducted under the U.S. Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA).

Each group is accompanied by several knowledgeable escorts: a senior staff member from the National Committee, staffers from the Chinese counterpart organization, and an American China scholar, who previously participated in the Committee's Public Intellectuals Program.

In August 2018, with the trade war was heating up, the National Committee led its most recent Congressional staff visit: a 12-person delegation of DC-based staffers to Beijing, Hangzhou, and Qingdao to provide exposure to a broad array of US-China issues. In addition to meeting with representatives from China's central, provincial, municipal government offices, the delegation met with members of the American diplomatic and business communities, and others. It also made site visits to Chinese firms that are rapidly becoming global players in the tech and media sectors. In Hangzhou, for example, visiting Alibaba, one of China’s leading social media and e-commerce platforms; in Qingdao, visiting the newly opened Wanda's Oriental Movie Metropolis, the largest studio complex in the world.

Such information is very helpful to the staffers as it enables them to better address policy issues and constituent concerns.

These programs continue the National Committee's long history of organizing and leading U.S. congressional staff trips to China, beginning in 1976, when we took the first group of congressional staffers to China

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