August 24, 2007 to September 1, 2007

In 2007, the National Committee cooperated with the bipartisan congressional U.S.- China Working Group (USCWG), the National People’s Congress, and the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., on visits to China for USCWG congressional representatives and their staff. USCWG is a bipartisan initiative at the forefront of congressional dealings with issues of Sino-American relations, and focuses on educating Congress about China.

The most recent visits focused on meetings with senior officials to discuss issues of importance to the representatives, their constituents and Congress, and have helped bring firsthand experience to policy debates at the national and local levels.

U.S.-China Working Group Co-chairs Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) traveled to China in August 2007, meeting with Wu Bangguo, chairman of the National People’s Congress, and Jiang Enzhu, chairman of the National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, among other senior officials. Talks covered issues of Sino-American trade, banking and financial reform, counter-terrorism measures, the environment, and food and product safety. Two highlights of the trip were the overview of China’s space program at the China Astronaut Research and Training Center with Yang Liwei, China’s renowned first man in space, and several days in Xinjiang, including a visit to China’s western border with Kyrgyzstan, to learn firsthand about counter-terror, border security, and narcotics control initiatives

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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