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. For a full list of meetings and briefings, please check out the 2017 DOP itinerary.