The CCG’s ‘track-II’ diplomacy in America (VIII) – Exchanging ideas with the members of the House of Representatives

Thursday,Oct 19, 2017


On Oct 3, as China’s leading independent think tank, the team from Center for China and Globalization (CCG) held a meeting with the members of the House of Representatives, Rick Larsen and Terra Sabag.


In 2011, Rick Larsen hosted a CCG-organized breakfast meeting. Currently, he is the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group of House of Representative. The Group is influential on America’s policy on China. As a think tank from China, CCG shared with the members of the House of Representatives its research results to prepare for the incoming meeting between the leaders of the two countries next month.


In addition to his role as the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group of House of Representative, Rick Larsen is also the member of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. He has a rich knowledge of China.


Prior to President Trump’s visit to China and after the first- round cultural and social communication between China and America led by Liu Yandong, the Vice Premier of State Council, the cultural exchange between the two countries has been the main force in driving the long-term development of the two countries’ relations. Through this visit, CCG aims to deepen the mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and help think tanks play a bigger role in influencing government policies and the development of companies.

CCG’s week-long journey to America began on Sep 29 and will continue until Oct 4. During the journey, the team of CCG visited the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society, National Committee on United States-China Relations and Committee of 100 in New York. In Washington D.C, it organized several symposiums with many world-class think tanks in the U.S., which included Asia Society Policy Study Institute, AEI, the Heritage Foundation, Center for American Progress, American Migration Policy Institute, Brookings Institute, CSIS, Wilson Center Kissinger Institute on China, and PIIE.


The Profile of Rick Larsen


Rick Larsen represents the Second Congressional District of Washington state. Mr. Larsen is the co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group, which educates Members of Congress about U.S.-China issues through meetings and briefings with academic, business and political leaders from the United States and China. China is the largest growing export market for Washington State. Forty percent of all jobs in Washington state are tied to trade, and from 2000 to 2009, Washington state exports to China grew by 379 percent. Mr. Larsen has visited China nine times.

Reference: http://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick