Since 2004, the National Committee has been selecting twelve graduating U.S. high school seniors who have received national recognition for their accomplishments to participate in the yearly U.S.-China Student Leaders Exchange. For the young American participants, the heart of the program is a two-week study visit to China during the summer between high school and college. Americans participants learn about China's successes and challenges and have unusual opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their Chinese counterparts as a consequence of homestays throughout most of the program.
When the National Committee was established in 1966, its founders included academics interested in a balanced debate about American policies toward China, businesspeople eager to open China's markets, and Quakers and other peace activists determined not to repeat the mistakes of the McCarthy era. Our programs continue to reflect the diverse backgrounds of our founders: we work with scholars, government delegations, businesspeople, and other groups interested in furthering U.S.-China relations.