Goals

 

America China Public Affairs Institute strongly believes tangible milestones are key to measure the success of any mission. We have set these long-term goals for the United States and China’s relations.

Freedom to Travel, Freedom to Trade, Peace and Security for the World

 

Travel:

America China Public Affairs Institute strongly supports a Mutual Visa Waiver Program between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China.

 

According to the U.S. Travel Association “The U.S. must find ways to ensure a safe, efficient visa experience for international visitors while maintaining the highest national security standards. Our visa process is an essential element in welcoming international visitors.

 

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) combines a strong security process with our nation’s long-standing desire to attract both business and leisure travelers to our shores. Eligible applicants who are residents of 38 allied countries are vigorously pre-screened and vetted against multiple law enforcement and security databases before they are approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for visa-free travel to the United States for up to 90 days.

 

While many international travelers to the U.S. arrive from countries participating in the VWP, millions of visitors come from expanding markets such as China, Brazil, and India, which are not VWP members—and therefore must obtain a U.S. visa before their trip. While progress has been made to reduce the average wait time of visas, if the process remains cumbersome the U.S. risks losing qualified international travelers.”

 

Trade:

America China Public Affairs Institute strongly supports a Bilateral Free Trade Agreement between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China.

 

A Bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is arrangements in which the United States and China give each other preferential treatment in trade, such as eliminating tariffs and other barriers to goods. Each country continues its trade policies, such as tariffs with countries outside the FTA. 

 

FTA accomplish the goal of liberalization and the expansion of global markets for U.S. goods. On the domestic front, free trade agreements lower the price for consumer goods in the United States as well as the costs U.S. businesses pay for imported materials. Creates more competition in local markets, also spurs innovation, and increases labor productivity. Bilateral FTA deals also open up foreign markets to U.S. goods, increasing employment in those export sectors. Such deals usually provide a better climate for U.S. investors.

 

Treaty:

America China Public Affairs Institute strongly supports a Security Partnership between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China.

 

We have identified eight areas of possible security partnerships:

  • Anti-Terrorism

  • Cyber Security

  • Law Enforcement Cooperation

  • Pandemic Disease Control

  • Military Consultation

  • Arctic Circle Coordination

  • Space Program Exchange

  • New Technology Standards Setting

 

Ultimately, America China Public Affairs Institute hopes that the United States and China will reach these three foundational Defense Cooperation Agreements:

  • Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA)

  • Communication and Information on Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA)

  • Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation (BECA)