The Diplomat Orientation Program (DOP) provides U.S.-based Chinese diplomats - at a key stage in their career development - with a deeper, more hands-on understanding of America’s history, society, and values and how these may shape American policies and perspectives.

For two weeks in October 2017, the National Committee led a group of 14 U.S.-based Chinese diplomats to colonial Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, PA, and New York City. The delegation was comprised of representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., the various consulates throughout the United States, and the Chinese Mission to the U.N. in New York.

The varied set of meetings and activities throughout the program allowed the diplomats an opportunity for direct dialogue with American farmers, journalists, diplomats, businesspeople, educators, policymakers, representatives, activists, and NGO leaders. All of the activities, meetings, and site visits from the 2017 Diplomat Orientation Program are listed below:

Williamsburg and Jamestown, VA 

  • College of William and Mary
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Jamestown Settlement

Washington, D.C. 

  • US-China Business Council
  • Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Wilson Center
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • National Security Council
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Supreme Court Institute, Georgetown Law School
  • Meeting with U.S. Congressional Staffers, Office of Senator Al Franken
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • Google
  • National League of Cities
  • Smithsonian Museum of American History
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • Library of Congress
  • D.C. memorial and sightseeing tour
  • Homestays with National Committee members and friends

Harrisburg and Hershey, PA 

  • Mount Joy Mennonite Church
  • Brubaker Farms
  • United States Army War College
  • Hershey Company
  • Milton Hershey School
  • Briefing on the Opioid Crisis at the PA Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Civil War Museum
  • Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
  • Meeting with Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Mike Stack
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
  • Dinner with local journalists of Pennsylvania Patriot News

New York, NY 

  • New York Stock Exchange
  • 9/11 Tribute Center
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Teach for America
  • National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
  • The Rhodium Group
  • Bloomberg News
  • Briefing on Race Relations in the U.S.
  • Blackstone Charitable Foundation
  • NBA game: Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Bike the Big Apple Tour of New York City
  • CHINA Town Hall, NCUSCR public program

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