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Chinese Regional Head Visits Washington
Sponsored by American Foreign Policy Council
June 9, 2011
On June 8, AFPC hosted a senior political and economic delegation from China in Washington, DC. The fifteen-person delegation was headed by Mr. Zhang Chunxian, Party Chief (Governor) of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, geographically the largest province of China and one of its most politically sensitive. Xinjiang, which borders Tibet in China’s northwest, is home to China’s restive Muslim minority, the Uighurs, and was subjected to an unprecedented wave of protests in summer 2009. Mr. Zhang was appointed Party Chief a year later, in April 2010.
AFPC organized a briefing for the Chinese delegation with The Hon. Tom Ridge, former two-term governor of Pennsylvania and former Secretary of Homeland Security, as well as a presentation on radical Islam by a panel of experts including AFPC Vice President Ilan Berman, AFPC Senior Fellow for Strategic Communication Robert Reilly, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Mary Beth Long. Mr. Zhang held a wide-ranging discussion with U.S. Senators on topics as diverse as health care, national security, and the treatment of religious minorities in China.