POLITICS & POLICY
UCTPF Organizes U.S. Congressional Staff Delegation to Beijing and Hainan Discussion on Free Trade and Reform and Opening-Up
At the invitation of our Foundation, Megan Reiss, National Security Policy Advisor of the United States Senator Mitt Romney, led a delegation of twelve congressional staff on a visit to China from April 13th to 21st, 2019. During their stay in China, they visited many institutions, organizations, and cultural sites where they exchanged their in-depth views on US-China relations, international and regional issues of common concern with their Chinese counterparts.
Visit MFA and CPIFA
The US delegation traveled to the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China on the April 15th, 2019. Both sides exchanged views on bilateral trade, south China sea, Taiwan, regional security and other issues.
Afterwards, the US delegates were invited to a lunch session hosted by the Vice-President of CPIFA, Mr. Zhao Weiping. The delegates had an in-depth discussion with many scholars on the development of US-China relations during the lunch session. They further expressed their gratitude to the Chinese hosts for their warm reception, and the hope that the two countries can carry out more bilateral exchanges in the future.
Visit Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
The U.S. Congressional Staff delegation visited the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) and were invited to have a roundtable discussion with many experts and scholars.
The delegates were warmly welcomed by Mr. Zou Zhibo and Mr. Song Hong, the Deputy Directors of Institute of World Economics and Politics. After a brief introduction of the members from both sides, the delegation, as well as the IWEP experts and scholars shared their views enthusiastically on the issues of cyber security, think tank, and international trade. The insightful discussion improved mutual policy understanding between both sides.
Meet Hainan Officials
The U.S. Congressional Staff delegation was warmly welcomed by Mr. Wang Sheng, the Director General of Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province. After a brief introduction to the economic and social development of Hainan Province, the two sides exchanged views on the Free Trade Zone construction, tourism development, and environmental protection in Hainan. The delegates expressed their appreciation for the Hainan trip which enhanced their understanding of China.
Visit Office of Free Trade Zone of Hainan Province
The US delegation visited Office of Free Trade Zone of Hainan Province on April 18th. Mr. Chen Lian, Deputy Director of the Office of Free Trade Zone, gave the delegates a comprehensive introduction to the development of Hainan Free Trade Zone. Afterwards, the two sides exchanged their views on Reform and Opening-Up, free trade and other issues.
Visit Qionghai Municipal People’s Congress
The US delegation visited Qionghai Municipal People’s Congress. The two sides discussed the difficulties and challenges faced by Qionghai in carrying out grassroots democracy development, and the future development plan of Qionghai. The delegates expressed that this discussion deepened their understanding of the Socialist Democracy with Chinese Characteristics.
After the meeting, Secretary Wang Chunquan presented the delegation with a traditional Chinese porcelain, which symbolized a position of “unrivaled standing”.
Visit China Institute for Reform and Development
The U.S. delegation paid a visit to China Institute for Reform and Development (CIRD). They were hosted by Mr. Chi Fulin, President of CIRD. After a brief introduction to the research on the Reform and Opening-Up and Free Trade Zone carried out by CIRD, the two sides exchanged views on China-US trade negotiations, intellectual property protection, and other issues.
After the discussion, President Chi presented his book, the Second Round of Opening-Up, to the delegation leader Megan Reiss and US-China Trans-Pacific Foundation Vice President Mr. Winston Nyo as a gift each.