BGR Government Affairs has inked a contract to provide government relations support and serve as the Washington D.C. liaison for nonprofit China-United States Exchange Foundation.
Hong Kong-based CUSEF is an independent non-governmental foundation that works to strengthen bilateral relations between the U.S. and China by promoting “platforms to encourage constructive dialogue and diverse exchanges between the people” of the two nations, according to the foundation’s website.
CUSEF is chaired by Tung Chee Hwa, who also served as vice chairman to China government advisory body the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It’s funded through private donations from U.S. and foreign individuals and organizations.
The retainer calls for BGR to provide strategic advice and counsel regarding U.S. policies, developments and issues concerning U.S.-China relations, according to Foreign Agents Registration Act documents filed with the Justice Department. BGR may also conduct outreach among members of Congress and executive branch officials as well as members of the media and other non-governmental organizations.
BGR’s contract, which kicked off February 28, fetches the agency an annual fee of $400,000, to be paid in monthly installments.
CUSEF in November similarly retained D.C.-based Capitol Counsel for fact-finding meetings among members of Congress on issues affecting U.S.-China relations.
BGR is the firm founded by former Mississippi Governor and Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour.