Overview

One of the best ways to understand a person, a place, or a community is to engage with it face-to-face. CUSEF’s in-country programing provides opportunities for authentic, on-the-ground experiences, allowing visitors to see China through their own eyes.

What We Do

In-Country Programs

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Creating Relationships through Education

As the leaders of the next generation educate themselves on an increasingly interconnected and complex world, direct engagement and experience with other cultures is critical. Working with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, CUSEF is committed to providing immersive experiences for student leaders and those responsible with guiding them toward the future through engagement trips to China. These delegations comprised of students from a variety of universities explore the realities of China on the ground while also questioning Chinese government officials, private sector players, scholars, and other students about the key issues impacting the China-U.S. relationship.

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Media Delegations

This year, journalists from U.S. mainstream media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribute, National Public Radio, Vox, Bloomberg, Reuters and Forbes have explored China, traveling to a number of cities including Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. These visits provide the journalists with the opportunities to engage with multiple aspects of Chinese society, through meetings arranged with the Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the School of International Studies of Peking University, Caixin Global, Institute of American Studies in Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Baidu, and others. Through this on-the-ground experience, the visiting journalists gained a broader understanding of the political and economic underpinnings of the forty-year bilateral relationship as well as China itself.

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Engaging with American Leaders

In collaboration with the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and other organizations, CUSEF supports expanding opportunities for cross-cultural engagement through jointly organized trips to China. These trips, organized with the support of the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC), facilitate dialogue between past American policy makers and members from all sectors of Chinese society, with the purpose of strengthening mutual understanding and identifying areas of potential cooperation between these two nations.



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