CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #84
January 4-14, 2012
Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai
Objective: China’s Economic Growth: Challenges and Opportunities.
Meetings: In Beijing the delegation met with officials at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce. The delegates participated in a discussion at the China Institute of International Studies with economic specialists on “China’s Economic Growth: Challenges and Opportunities.” In Chengdu the delegation met with officials from the Sichuan Provincial People’s Congress, the Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, and from the People’s Bank of China, Southwest Headquarters. They also met with Proctor & Gamble and AmCham Southwest China. The delegation visited the Chengdu Panda Preserve base, the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, and Yingxiu, the earthquake site. In Shanghai the delegation met with the Deputy Director-General of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and officials from the Municipal Government Financial Services Office. They visited the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, Huawei (a Chinese company), the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #83
November 4-13, 2011
Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen
Objective: Current Topics in the U.S.-China Relationship: Currency, Trade, Cross-Straits Relations
Meetings: The delegation first arrived in Beijing where they met with members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Bank of China, Chinese Investment Corporation, State Administration of Foreign Exchange, Ministry of Finance, the American Embassy, American Chamber of Commerce, and World Resources Institute among others. In Shanghai the delegates visited and met with people at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies and a modern primary school. They delegates got the chance to tour and meet with staff at Huawei, a Chinese company. The delegates also met with members of the Shanghai municipal government, and the financial services office. In Xiamen the delegates met with some members of the Xiamen Municipal government, and the Harbor Bureau. They visited Xiamen University’s Center for Taiwan, the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce, and met with the Singapore Consul General. They also talked with staff at an organization (Gong You Zhi Jha) that helps migrant workers.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #82
August 8-20, 2011
Beijing, Gansu, Dalian
Objective: Energy, the Environment and Economic Development
Meetings: In Beijing the delegates met with members of the World Resource Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Embassy, American Chamber of Commerce, National Energy Commission, and the China Institute for International Studies. They then visited Donhuang in Gansu Province where they toured a Photovaltaic Power Plant, ate lunch at a local farmer’s house, and visited Nanhuo vineyard. In Lanzhou they toured a thermal power plant and met with members of the Gansu Provincial People’s Congress. The delegation travelled to Dalian where they met with members of the Dalian Municipal People’s Congress. They visited a waste energy recovery power development company called Dalian East Energy Development, a solar panel project, and a liquid gas/petroleum gas project. The delegates spent time around the China-DPRK border and talked to local officials.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #81
April 16-30 2011
Beijing, Xinjiang (Urumqi and Kashgar), Hong Kong
Objective: Strategic Realities vis-à-vis the Sino-U.S. Relationship
Partners: CPIFA and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
Meetings: In Beijing the Delegation met with the Mr. David Dollar, the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue Envoy, Mr. Timothy Stratford a former USTR, and Mr. Kai-Fu Lee, the founding President of Google China and founder of Innovation Works. They also had meetings with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American Embassy, and American Chamber of Commerce. The Delegates visited the China Investment Corporation, National People’s Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, National Development and Reform Commission, and the China Institute for Reform and Development.
In Xinjiang the Delegation first visited Urumqi where they met with officials to discuss minority affairs, and they talked with locals at the Urumqi Bazaar. In Kashgar they visited the Kashgar Bazaar and also spoke with officials about handling border security, trade, and tourism. The Delegation toured a water conservancy program/farm, visited a Uyghur hospital, met with Uyghur business owners, and visited traditional Uyghur homes. The Delegates spoke with government officials from economic, trade, development, and energy commissions to discuss Xinjiang’s “Go West” policy, and also visited Sinopec Northwest Company and Xinjiang Wind Energy Co Ltd. Although the content of meetings varied significantly from city to city, a few themes emerged over the course of many meetings such as China’s “indigenous innovation” and intellectual property rights.
The Delegation then travelled to Hong Kong where they were hosted by the Better Hong Kong Foundation. The delegation met with Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security to discuss Hong Kong’s anti-terrorism efforts. They then spoke with the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs about recent constitutional developments and Hong Kong’s relationship with the mainland. The Delegation also met with the Secretary for Justice, members of the Legislative Council, the Counsul-General of the United States, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Secretary for Financial services and the Treasury, and the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. They talked with the CEO of the Securities and Futures Commission on regulations of securities and future markets in Hong Kong. The Delegation then visited the port facilities for the Container Security Initiative. They had a meeting with the Director General of Trade and Industry on the Closer Economy Partnership Arrangement between the mainland and Hong Kong. The Delegation also met with the Head of the Central Policy Unit, the Independent Commission against Corruption, the Secretary for the Environment, and the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development on Hong Kong-US bilateral trade relations. In Hong Kong, emphasis naturally fell on financial markets and financial reforms seen in the city. Great attention was given to the declarations of the 12th Five-Year Plan, with provincial Kashgar tourism bureaucrats and Hong Kong monetary authority’s alike taking their cue from the document. The release of China’s census in April confirmed several other mentions of changes in Chinese society, particularly spiking urbanization rates and a rapidly ageing population. Economic trends included rising wages and inflation.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #80
March 19-27, 2011
Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai
Objectives: China’s Economic Growth: Challenges and Opportunities
Partners: The Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs
Meetings: Delegates met with a variety of organizations and government offices including the People’s Bank of China, China Banking Regulatory Commission, SAFE Chinese Investment Corporation, Wuhan AmCham/GE, Wuhan University, Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.
In Beijing, the delegation’s spoke with officials from the Ministry of Finance; the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank; the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund. The delegation also met in Beijing with U.S. Embassy officials, officers of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative. In Wuhan, the delegation met with the U.S. Consul General, municipal government officials, an official from the Hubei Province Migration Bureau, and professors and students from Wuhan University. In addition the delegation also got the chance to visit a local elementary school. In Shanghai, the delegation met with officials from the municipal Commerce Bureau, the municipal Financial Services Office, and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The delegation also visited a leading Shanghai-based think tank and the telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #79
December 11-21, 2010
Beijing, Xiamen, Hangzhou
Objective: Exploring Chinese Economic Growth and Trade
Meetings: The delegation met with Chinese government officials from the Foreign and Commerce Ministries and National Energy Agency, scholars from Chinese think tanks and universities, primary and middle school students and teachers, a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, a non-governmental environmental organization, several Chinese corporations, local government officials, U.S. Embassy personnel, U.S. businesses in China, and the American Chamber of Commerce.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #78
August 10-21, 2010
Beijing, Yangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai
Objective: Global Economic Imbalances (China-U.S. trade deficit)
Meetings The Delegation visited the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where they discussed the current state of negotiations on Iran, North Korea, nonproliferation, energy policy, financial reform, and human rights. Part of the delegation met with the People’s Bank of China to discuss the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Act. They also met with the China Banking Regulatory Commission to discuss regulatory changes taken by China following the financial crisis. The other half of the delegation met with the Ministry of Finance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and some delegates discussed China’s economy with a Professor at Peking University. The delegation also met with the Academy of Macroeconomic Research, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Center for International Economic Exchanges.
In Yangzhou the delegation toured a solar energy company and met with officials from the local Yangzhou government to discuss economic development in the region.
In Nanjing the delegation took a tour of a new town, Hexi, and went to the Nanjing City Planning Exhibition to learn about economic development in the region. The delegation met with officials from the local Nanjing government and from the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Congress.
In Shanghai the delegation toured the 2010 World Expo, and then met with a U.S. businessman working in Shanghai to gain his perspective on U.S. business interests in China. The delegation met with researchers from the Shanghai Academy for International Studies and discussed arms control, the world economy, G20 negotiations, and China’s foreign policy. One of the last meetings on the trip was with the American Enterprise Center, a new firm helping small to medium-sized U.S. businesses expand operations into the Chinese market.
CPIFA Congressional Staff Delegation to China #76
March 29-April 9, 2010
Beijing, Guizhou, Xi’an
Objective: Health Care Reform
Meetings: The delegates met with government officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), government leaders at the local level, private sector representatives, and academics. Delegates met with officials from the U.S. Embassy-Beijing and the American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, they visited minority ethnic communities in Guizhou province. Some of the delegations’ meetings and visits were to the Chinese People’s Institute for Foreign Affairs, various provincial villages for cultural immersion, the Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Xi’an Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the Department of West China Development of the National Development and Reform Commission and both national and provincial health departments.