The American Foreign Policy Council China 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.

Associated Scholars: Herman Pirchner, Jr., Richard M. Harrison, Joshua Eisenman, Larry M. Wortzel, Alexander B. Gray, Michael Sobolik, James B. Skinner, Rehna Sheth, Thomas Spencer Sexton
Related Bulletins: China Policy Monitor

The program centers around three main initiatives – US-China delegations, publications and conferences, and the China Reform Monitor.

AFPC actively engages 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 knowledge about American values and interests to senior Chinese leaders, including the Vice President of China’s Supreme Court Tao Kaiyuan, ranking members of the Politburo’s Standing Committee Jia Qinglin, the State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Dai Bingguo before him, and members of the Central Military Commission.

Delegation leaders have included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor Tom Ridge, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Joint Chiefs Chairmen Gen. Richard Myers and Gen. Peter Pace, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, former National Security Advisor Robert “Bud” McFarlane, and numerous statesmen who have served at the Undersecretary level. Chinese delegations to the U.S. have been led by senior, ministerial-level officials.

AFPC provides decision makers with timely facts and analysis through the China Policy Monitor (CPM, previously China Reform Monitor) e-bulletin.First published in 1997, the CPM is issued four times per month and provides archived chronological summaries of Chinese news events. The publication has received numerous accolades from scholars and government officials for its analysis.

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.

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).