AFPC President Herman Pirchner, Jr. and former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, discuss Sino-U.S. relations with State Councilor Yang Jiechi (China’s top foreign policy official).




The American Foreign Policy Council China and East Asia Program is recognized in Washington and internationally as a catalyst for critical analysis on political, military and social developments in and related to the People's Republic of China and its neighbors. The program centers around three main initiatives- US-China delegations, publications and conferences, and the China Reform Monitor.

Delegations to and from China AFPC believes in engaging Chinese leaders in serious talks about difficult aspects of the Sino-American relationship. Dialogues reduce the chances of miscalculation or miscommunication on both the Chinese and American sides. AFPC exchanges fill a critical void by enabling senior American statesmen to travel to China with AFPC and providing them with current policy information that will be carried back to Washington. The delegations transmit statements about American values and interests to senior Chinese leaders, including ranking members of the Politburo’s Standing Committee and members of the Central Military Commission.

Articles, Testimonies, and Conferences – AFPC fellows and experts have written widely on China for publications including Foreign Affairs, the National Interest, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, and the Washington Times. Meanwhile, commentary on China from AFPC experts has been featured in prominent media outlets, such as FOX News, CNBC, and CNN, and AFPC scholars have been interviewed for print media by the Economist, Reuters, and TIME magazine, among others. In addition, AFPC experts have testified on matters relating to China before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, and have spoken at numerous conferences hosted by universities and think-tanks.

China Reform Monitor – AFPC provides decision makers with timely facts and analysis through the China Reform Monitor (CRM) e-bulletin. First published in 1997, the Monitor is issued six times per month and provides archived chronological summaries of Chinese news events and US policy.

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