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Phil Bartlett Returns from International Exchange to China

September 20, 2007

Phil Bartlett in TibetPhil Bartlett recently returned from a two-week political exchange program in the People’s Republic of China that was organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), a bi-partisan, not-for-profit international exchange organization. He was joined by eight other young political leaders from across the United States to study China ’s political system, engage in dialogue on international issues, and forge professional relationships.

“Very few young political leaders ever have the opportunity to be a part of this organization and serve as an ACYPL delegate,” said Quentin Lide, ACYPL’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our delegations have access to key leaders in the nations they visit. They engage in dialogue on sensitive issues, gain a unique perspective on the country’s politics and its relations with the US , and forge professional relationships that can last a lifetime.”

Prior to his departure for the program, Senator Bartlett joined other delegates, each between the age of 25 and 40, in Washington, D.C. for briefings by the U.S. Department of State, the Chinese Embassy, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the US-China Education Trust. The program provided the delegates opportunities to travel within the country and interact with key local and national leaders, business communities and civic groups.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate in this ACYPL exchange to China ,” said Senator Bartlett. “It was an excellent opportunity for me to learn about the current political and social dynamics there and to help our Chinese hosts better understand the United States.”

In China , Bartlett and the other delegates visited the Capitol City of Beijing, as well as the western city of Chongqing and the autonomous region of Tibet . “It was a real treat to visit Tibet , and to be part of the first ACYPL delegation to do so,” said Bartlett.

About the American Council of Young Political Leaders

Recognized by the U.S. Congress as a pre-eminent catalyst for introducing rising political leaders and policy makers to international affairs and to each other, the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) is a bi-partisan, not-for-profit international exchange organization based in Washington , DC . Since its founding in 1966, ACYPL has conducted programs and exchanges with more than 90 nations, producing a global network of several thousand alumni. Former ACYPL participants include 38 sitting members of the U.S. Congress, 6 sitting U.S. governors and ambassadors, cabinet ministers and parliamentarians around the globe. For more information on ACYPL, please visit