By Katherine Boyce
At the 2017 Legislative Summit in Boston, NCSL officers and Chinese officials signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize a two-way exchange program between American state legislators and Chinese members of provincial people’s congresses.
NCSL and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) have developed strong ties over two decades by organizing exchange visits of delegates, promoting cultural understanding and friendship, and initiating and hosting exchange activities. CPAFFC is an organization designed to further international cooperation through people-to-people exchanges between Chinese citizens and their international counterparts.
NCSL has sent more than a dozen study tours to China, where legislators met with municipal and provincial governments. NCSL and CPAFFC have worked together to send scores of U.S. delegates to Chinese cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang, Nanjing, Wuhan and Nanchang.
NCSL members have had the memorable experience of exploring China and learning about its culture, people and governance. Many useful connections have been made over the years, furthering the ties between our states, our businesses and our citizens.
The memorandum was signed by CPAFFC President Madame Li Xiaolin and NCSL President Senator Dan Blue (D-N.C.). The signing was witnessed by alumni of past study tours to China. Also in attendance at the signing were Chinese officials from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Chinese Consulate in New York, and several delegates from the CPAFFC.
Katherine Boyce is a policy associate for International Programs at NCSL.