About the Working Group

The bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group (USCWG), chaired by Congressmen Rick Larsen (WA-2) and Darin LaHood (IL-18), was founded in 2005.  The U.S.-China Working Group seeks to build diplomatic relations with China and educate Members of Congress through meetings and briefings with business, academic and political leaders from the U.S. and China.

The USCWG provides accurate information to Member of Congress and offers a forum for open and frank discussion with Chinese leaders.  The Working Group believes much of this century’s history will be written between Washington and Beijing.  The Working Group hosts frequent meetings to hear from key business, academic and political leaders about U.S.-China issues ranging from trade and economic policy to space exploration and military-to-military cooperation.  USCWG members work closely with the State Department, congressional leadership, the academic community and key business leaders to develop a comprehensive strategy for the 21st century.

The Working Group has conducted nine successful missions to China, focusing on the global economy and trade relations, consumer product safety, intellectual property rights, military-to-military operations, counternarcotics, Olympics security, energy cooperation, and environmental stewardship.  The USCWG was the first foreign delegation to visit the manned-space launch center in Jiuquan and the first American civilians to board and tour a PLA-Navy Song class submarine.