January 24, 2013 to January 31, 2013
Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong, China

In January 2013, the National Committee took a bipartisan delegation of five Members of Congress to Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong for meetings with senior Chinese policy makers and American diplomats, journalists, and business leaders to better understand China’s leadership, economic reforms, regional security issues, and domestic challenges, and to learn more about trade, U.S. businesses in China, and Hong Kong’s relations with the United States and with China. The delegation had discussions with a range of senior officials including Vice Premier Wang Qishan, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung, and a senior People’s Liberation Army official; were briefed by U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke; visited with American Chamber of Commerce and US-China Business Council corporate members; met several Beijing-based journalists from major U.S. news outlets; and met with a range of interlocutors from the business, academic, NGO, and policy sectors. The delegation, led by Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-founder and co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group, included Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Billy Long (R-MO), and Mike Turner (R-OH). National Committee President Stephen Orlins accompanied the group with Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan professor of political science and a fellow in NCUSCR's Public Intellectuals Program, who served as scholar-escort.

Congressional Members Delegations to China

Congressional Members Delegations to China

The National Committee regularly sends members of Congress to China, having arranged and escorted eight delegations since 2006. The week-long study tours are designed to educate the congressmen and women about China through personal introductions to senior Chinese leaders and a range of informative site visits and meetings.

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