George Mason University hosted Madame Junqi Yan, Vice Chair of the National People’s Congress of China, and her delegation representing the China People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) at both the Fairfax and Arlington campuses on October 24 – 25, 2011.
Madame Yan’s group was the highest-ranking delegation from China to have visited Mason to date. The U.S. visit of Madame Yan and her delegation of 22 senior officials, academic experts and representatives from the CPAPD was sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and the School of Conflict Anaylsis and Resolution (S-CAR) of George Mason University.
On Oct. 24, the Confucius Institute at Mason helped coordinate an educational forum entitled “Educating Global Citizens: China, the United States, and the World,” chaired by Madame Yan and Provost Stearns at Mason Hall, and jointly sponsored with the George Mason University Office of Global Strategies and Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (CAPEC). Following the forum, the Confucius Institute at Mason hosted a reception in Madame Yan’s honor at the lobby of the Center for the Arts. The Chinese delegation was treated to a Uyghur dance performance by a George Mason student and a music performance by the George Mason University Jazz Band, just back from a successful tour of China.
Following the reception, Madame Yan made a personal visit to the Confucius Institute at Mason offices where she met privately with ten American students who are studying Chinese at Mason. On Oct. 25th, the CPAPD delegation visited the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Chinese Embassy. That evening Madame Yan gave the plenary address, “Peacemaking and Development: China’s Role in the World”, at the S-CAR Lynch Dinner at the Mason Arlington campus.