Who We Are

The US-China Peoples Friendship Association® (USCPFA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) educational organization. Our goal is to develop and strengthen friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and China.

USCPFA was founded as a national organization in 1974, working on people-to-people diplomacy between Americans and Chinese. Nearly 35 chapters in four regions spanning the United States comprise the organization. National policies are established by the membership, which meets biennially at a national convention. A national board of directors implements national policy and meets twice each year.

USCPFA is financed by membership dues, individual donations, local fund-raising activities and tours to China.

USCPFA Statement of Principles

USCPFA is a nonprofit educational organization. Our goal is to build active and lasting friendship based on mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of China.

We recognize that friendship between our two peoples must be based on the knowledge of and respect for the sovereignty of each country; therefore, we respect the declaration by the United States of America and the People's Republic of China that the resolution of the status of Taiwan is the internal affair of the Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Straits.

We also recognize that friendship between our peoples and good relations between our two governments plays a critical role in maintaining peace in the Pacific Basin and in the world.

As an educational organization, our activities include sponsoring speakers and programs which inform the American people about China, organizing tours and special study groups to China, publishing newsletters and other literature, promoting friendship with Chinese students and scholars while in the United States, and promoting cultural, commercial, technical, and educational exchanges.

Everyone is invited to participate in our activities and anyone who agrees with the Statement of Principles is welcome to join.

Chapter News and Information


If you agree with our statement of Principles, then join one of the most educational and informative organizations whose goal is to build more active and lasting friendships between our two peoples.

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The National USCPFA Bylaws give you the specific details of what is expected of USCPFA National, Regional, and local chapters and members.

Why US-China Friendship?

China, with nearly one quarter of the world's population, has emerged as a nation that plays a significant role in world affairs.

With the realization of full diplomatic relations between the governments of the U.S. and China in 1979, opportunities for the American and Chinese people to learn from each other have increased significantly. Cultural, scientific, educational, medical and technological exchanges, which are of great value to both countries, are expanding rapidly. The US-China Peoples Friendship Association initiates and participates actively in these exchanges.

Exchanges and programs organized by USCPFA are helping to build a bridge of friendship between our countries. This bridge, based on personal knowledge of the two countries can play an important role in maintaining world peace.

What USCPFA Does

o Nearly 35 chapters offer cultural and educational programs with speakers and films on life in China, organize activities to bring together Chinese students and scholars with local residents, and participate in community festivals. These chapters publish newsletters reporting their activities and events.

o Regional and sub-regional levels of USCPFA sponsor conferences, traveling exhibits, and tours to China, and also publish newsletters.

o USCPFA National publishes the US-China Review (USCR), a 32-page national journal to inform members and subscribers about China's history and current development.

o The Center for Teaching About China (CTAC) provides a resource catalog and inventory of curriculum materials to stimulate teaching about China in elementary and secondary schools.

o USCPFA National organizes the Washington Seminar, a two-day annual seminar in the nation's capital on U.S.-China relations.

o USCPFA chapters, regions and the national organization receive educational, cultural, business and professional delegations from China.

o USCPFA National organizes and conducts educational tours to China, often in conjunction with its continuing exchange with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

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