The 1980s was an important time for USAI. In 1985 we began our cooperation with the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), which has resulted in over 75 Congressional staff delegations to China. This relationship was forged during the dawn of China’s economic rise as China became an increasingly important trade partner for the United States. As such, it was crucial for American legislators to understand the importance of China’s culture and economic growth. Within just five years, thirteen Congressional staff delegations traveled to China. Since then, USAI’s cooperation with CPIFA has served to educated hundreds of Congressional staff members on the intricacies of Chinese culture and the nation’s political system. These delegations have gone far in fostering closer relations and mutual understanding between China and the United States.
Increased interconnectedness coupled with a number of bilateral incidents strained the relationship, while simultaneously reaffirming the necessity for legislative exchanges and American delegations. To this end, USAI and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) coordinated 30 Congressional staff delegations. Even amidst critical times for Sino-US relations, USAI Congressional staff delegations served as an important bridge between the governments of China and the United States.
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