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Maintaining close relations with the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), the Better Hong Kong Foundation (BHKF) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), the US-Asia Institute continued to execute congressional staff delegations to many parts of China well through the first decade of the new millennium.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #75

August 21 –September 2, 2009
Beijing, Chengdu, Tibet

Objective: Economic and Strategic Interests
Partners: CPIFA

Meetings: In Beijing the Delegation had meetings at the American Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, the National Development and Reform Commission including the Go West Development Plan and Post Sichuan Earthquake, The World Bank, and the American Chamber of Commerce. The delegates spoke with Michael Pettis from the Guanghua School of management about the global economic situation impact on China.

The delegation then travelled to Chengdu where they visited the American Consulate, Sichuan People’s Government, the Local National Development and Reform Commission, and the Sichuan Panda Preserve.

In Tibet the Delegation met with the Tibet Autonomous Region National People’s Congress, the Development and Reform Commission and the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Delegation visited the Economic Research Institute at Tibet University, the Educational Affairs Department of Tibet, as well as a primary school in the region. They also visited the Sera Monastery, the Lhasa Railway Station, and the Machik community projects. They met with Damxung county officials, the U.S. AID Development Project, The Poverty Alleviation Fund, and had lunch with a Tibet yak herdsman and his family in their home.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #74

April 4-17, 2009
Beijing, Shanghai, Weifang, Qingdao and Hong Kong

Objective: China’s Financial Services and Banking Sector.

Partners: CPIFA and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

Meetings: In its 30th anniversary year, the US-Asia Institute sent its 74th Congressional staff delegation to China in April 2009. The group traveled to Beijing, Shanghai, Weifang, Qingdao and Hong Kong to discuss China’s financial services and banking sector.

In Beijing, meetings were held at the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the China Investment Corporation, the People’s Bank of China and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, among others. The Congressional staff then traveled to Shanghai, where they joined a roundtable discussion with professors and students at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies. Other meetings included one at the China International Capitol Corporation Shanghai Branch.

In the city of Weifang (Shandong Province), the delegation had the opportunity to meet with officials from the Weifang Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation. In Qingdao, the group attended meetings at the Qingdao Foreign Enterprise Association, Jiayuguan Primary School and the Standing Committee of Qingdao Municipal People’s Congress. The delegation’s final stop was Hong Kong, hosted by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #73

October 10-23, 2008
Beijing, Guilin, Nanjing and Shanghai

Objective: U.S. China Strategic Relations

Partners: CPIFA

Meetings: The delegation’s meetings included a roundtable discussion at the Beijing Institute for International Strategic Studies regarding U.S.-China foreign policy and military relations. At the Johns Hopkins Nanjing, the delegation had a discussion with students and faculty concerning global competitiveness.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation #72

May 23 – June 2, 2008
Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai

Objectives: Political Challenges, Consumer Safety and Trade

Partners: CPIFA

Meetings: The delegation had the opportunity to hear of relief efforts being done following the Sichuan earthquake earlier in May. Just months prior to the Beijing Olympics, the Congressional staff also gained a sense of the anticipation building up for the games. Among the places they visited were Wuhan University School of Law and the WISCO-Wire Rope Corporation.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #71

March 15 – 28, 2008
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Objectives: Trade and Consumer Product Safety

Partners: CPIFA

Meetings: The delegation had meetings with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, State Food and Drug Administration, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, The US Embassy, Maryland Center, and Shanghai Institute of International Studies, among others. The delegation staff also visited Kodak, Walmart, and toy factories. The topics of discussion ranged from realities of doing business in China to regulations and enforcement of trade and quality standards.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #70

August 10-24, 2007
Beijing, Hong Kong, Tibet

Objectives: Economic Relations, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity, Trade, Finance

Partners: CPIFA and Better Hong Kong Foundation

Meetings: In Beijing, the delegation met with the National Development and Reform Commission to discuss China’s climate change and “Go West” policy vis-à-vis Tibet. They also had meetings with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress and the Global Environment Institute. In Tibet, the delegation met with various committees of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Committee of Nationality and Religion Affairs, a Lhasa textile/carpet factory, and the Tibetan Village Project amongst others. On their final stop in Hong Kong, some of the delegation’s meetings were with Vision 2047, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Hong Kong’s legislative organ LEGCO.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #69

August 5-17, 2007
Beijing, Guilin, Hainan Island, Guangzhou

Objectives: Trade and Strategic Concerns, Energy, Sustainable Development

Partners: CPIFA

Meetings: Some of the meetings included visits and briefings at the Financial Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, China Institute for Reform & Development, the Haikou Port, Li River Folks Center at Guilin and the Pearl River Development Zone. A highlight was a trip to a small village outside of Guilin where the delegation visited homes and talked with villagers about everyday life.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #68

August 4-16, 2007
Beijing, Shanxi province, Shanghai

Objective: Economic Development, Energy, Environment

Partners: CPIFA

Meetings: Amongst the various meetings and visits the delegates participated in were with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, Office for Development of Western China at the National Development and Reform Commission, China Clean Energy Project, Shanghai Institute of International Studies. The delegates discussed China’s Go West Policy with the Shanxi Antai Group and Shanxi Coking Group in Shanxi Province – a major coal producing region in China.

 

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #65

October 8-19, 2006
Beijing, Guizhou, Guangzhou

Objectives: Chinese Economy, Development, Regional Security

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 10 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation had meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Embassy, the National Development and Reform Commission, the American Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the World Bank, the Guizhou Provincial Development and Reform Commission and Guizhou Provincial Anti-Poverty Office, the Huangpu Military Academy, and Guangzhou Folk Arts and Crafts Exhibition Center.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #64

August 19-29, 2006
Beijing, Xi’an, Yunnan, Shanghai

Objectives: Chinese Economic Development, China-Asia-U.S. Trade

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: Several Congressional staff members and legislative researchers. Chiefs of Staff Delegation

Meetings: The delegation met with the U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, sites in Xian of educational, environmental and technological significance, Yunnan National Minorities Village, and business and academic officials in Shanghai.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #63

August 12-23, 2006
Beijing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shanghai

Objectives: Chinese Economy, Development, and North Korean Issues

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 9 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation met with the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National People’s Congress, the National Development and Reform Commission on the “Go West” Policy, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, and the Dalian port and petroleum center.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #62

August 6-18, 2006
Beijing, Gansu, Guilin, Shanghai

Objectives: Chinese Economic Development, Energy, and Trade

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 11 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation met with the U.S. Embassy,the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tsinghua University, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission and Department of Commerce, the Liujiaxie Hydroelectric, the Labrang Monastery, and a local village in Guilin among other destinations.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #61

April 9-23, 2006
Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Economic Relations, Chinese Economic Development

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 8 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation paid visits to the U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National People’s Congress, the Boeing Corporation, the China Institute for International Strategic Studies, a rural health clinic in Jiangjin, Chongqing University, the Maryland Center, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the Shanghai Institute of International Studies.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #60

January 2-15, 2006
Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Trade, Finance, and Economic Relations

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 10 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation had meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Peoplefs Congress, Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Nanjing Center, Sino-Japan War Memorial, the Maryland Center, the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, and various private corporations throughout China.

 

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #59

August 7-22, 2005
Beijing, Harbin, Daqing, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 12 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: Among many others: U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), National People’s Congress (NPC), Academy of Social Sciences, American Studies Institute, Daqing Municipal Government, Harbin Aircraft Group Factory Tour, Heilongjiang People’s Congress, Shanghai Stock Exchange, U.S. Consulate and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #58

August 7-22, 2005
Beijing, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia

Objectives: U.S.-China Trade, Economy, and Strategic Relationship

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 10 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: In Beijing, the Congressional staff delegation met with U.S. Embassy, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, The Boeing Corporation, the Chinese Academy of Social Science, and China Institute for International Strategic Studies. Among various local government officials, in Inner Mongolia the staff met with Mengniu Dairy Company, and had the opportunity to visit the pastureland and stay overnight in a traditional yurt. In Hong Kong the meetings revolved around several government officials and the U.S. Consulate.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #57

August 7-17, 2005
Beijing, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Shanghai, Fujian

Objectives: U.S.-China Strategic Relationship

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 11 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: In Beijing, the delegation met, among other, with the American Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Peoplefs Congress, and Beijing Olympic Organizing Commission. Other meetings included Shanghai Stock Exchange, Shanghai Consulate General, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, and WTO Affairs Consultation Center, Provincial Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, and Fujian Sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #56

March 19 – April 3, 2005
Beijing, Xinjiang, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Strategic Relations

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 8 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation had meetings at various ministries, think-tanks, the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee in Beijing, and a farming community in Xinjiang.

 

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #55

August 8-23, 2004
Beijing, Tibet, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Economic Relations

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 9 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: In Beijing, the 55th delegation went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce, China Institute of International Strategic Studies and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretariat, among others. Once in Tibet, some of the meetings the delegation attended were with the Committee on Nationalities and Religious Affairs, Tibet Foreign Affairs Office, and the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Peoplefs Congress of Tibet. In Hong Kong, our delegates met with U.S. Consul General James Keith, with Secretary of Justice Elsie Leung, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting Commissioner, and with several members of the American Chamber of Commerce.

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #54

August 8-23, 2004
Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Economic Relations

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 7 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: Some of the various meetings and visits the delegates participated in were with the U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Chamber of Commerce, National Peoplefs Congress, China Securities Regulatory Commission, China National Petroleum Corporation, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Legislative Council, Hong Kong Department of Justice, and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong.

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #53

April 3-18, 2004
Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai

Objectives: China’s Strategic Economic Development

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 9 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegates had the opportunity to participate in various meetings with several organizations, such as the U.S. Embassy, Beijing Olympic Organization Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Shanghai Cooperation Organization Secretariat, China Banking Regulatory Commission, American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, Shanghai General Motors, Chinese Peoplefs Institute of Foreign Affairs, Shanghai for Foreign Affairs, U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, Maryland Center China, and Shanghai WTO Consulting Center.

 

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #52

November 30 – December 14, 2003
Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Strategic Relations

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Federation

Delegates: 12 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: Some of the meetings the staff delegation attended included the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the Department of International Affairs of the People’s Bank of China, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegates also visited Shanghai GM, U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, U.S. Consulate General, and Hong Kong Security Bureau.

CPIFA Congressional Staff Study Group #51

August 9-24, 2003
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu

Objectives: Chinese Leadership, Development, U.S.-China Trade, SARS, and Regional Security.

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs

Delegates: 8 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation met with the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Commission on State Development and Reform, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Chengdu Economic Planning Commission, the Chengdu Aircraft Company, the Shanghai Stock Market, the Better Hong Kong Foundation, the Pudang Special Economic Zone, and Fudan University among others.

 

CPIFA 50th Commemorative Delegation

July 21 – August 1, 2002; August 10-22. 2002
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Security Relations, Chinese Political Development, U.S.-China Economic Relations

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 17 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The 50th Commemorative Delegation was particularly special because not only was a delegation sent to China, but a delegation from the CPIFA was received in the U.S. The CPIFA delegation from China visited New York, Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, and Seattle for various meetings with government, business, and international organization officials. The Congressional staff delegation to China met with national and local government officials, economic leaders, think tank scholars, members of other key institutions, as well as U.S. and international observers of the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong.

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #49

March 23 – April 7, 2002
Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: “One China” Policy, Accession to WTO, Terrorism Concerns

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 9 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation met with officials from the U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the American Chamber of Commerce, the State Council Western Development Office, Fudan University, Yunnan Baiyao Group Ltd., the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, and the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center.

 

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #48

August 4-19, 2001
Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Relations, Economy, WTO Implementation, Political Reform

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 14 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation held meeting with officials from U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Consulate in Shanghai, officials from the Development Research Center of the State Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the Chinese Agricultural Ministry, the NPC, Fudan University, professionals from GM in Shanghai and the American Chamber of Commerce, and the Hong Kong Justice Ministry.

 

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #47

December 2-16, 2000
Beijing, Xi’an, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: China & the WTO, U.S.-China Trade and Economic Issues

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 8 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

CPIFA/BHKF Congressional Staff Group #46

August 5-20, 2000
Beijing, Urumqi, Kashigar, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Objectives: U.S.-China Trade, Development, Religious and Minority Issues

Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs & The Better Hong Kong Foundation

Delegates: 9 Congressional staff members and legislative researchers.

Meetings: The delegation met with staff of the U.S. Embassy, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, officials from the Region’s Development and Planning Commission, Nationalities Commission, Administration of Religious Affairs, and the Petroleum Administration. They also paid visits to a carpet factory in Urumqi, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Shanghai GM Plant, and a variety of cultural sites.

 

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