January 8, 2006 to January 17, 2006

In January 2006, for first time in many years, the National Committee escorted the two co-chairs of the newly formed bipartisan congressional U.S.-China Working Group (USCWG), Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and one of its members, Tom Feeney (R-FL) 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 congressmen discussed Sino-American cooperation in the Six-Party Talks, non-proliferation, trade frictions, protection of intellectual property rights, and cross-Strait relations, in meetings with senior representatives of the National People’s Congress (the host organization), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Defense, and other government agencies. They also traveled to Gansu Province for a rare tour of China’s space launch facility: 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 group also traveled to Shanghai for meetings with municipal leaders and with several Chinese fellows in the National Committee’s Young Leaders Forum, and to Hong Kong for briefings with legislators, justices, and other officials.

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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