The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Directors on May 22, 2018. We are honored to welcome Directors Robert Daly, Elizabeth Economy, Paul Haenle, and Katherine Kaup, who will help guide the National Committee’s mission to promote understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China at this critical period in the relationship.

Robert L. Daly is director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He has served as a U.S. diplomat in Beijing; as an interpreter for Chinese and U.S. leaders, including President Carter and Secretary of State Kissinger; as head of China programs at Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, and the University of Maryland; and as a producer of Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street. Recognized as a leading authority on Sino-American relations, he has testified before Congress, lectured widely in both countries, and regularly offers analysis for top media outlets.
Elizabeth C. Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, writing on topics ranging from China's environmental challenges to its resource quest. She serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation, and has served on the advisory council of Network 20/20 and the science advisory council of the Stockholm Environment Forum. She previously served as vice chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China and has served on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. She has taught at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Washington.
Paul T. Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center in Beijing, and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University. Previously, he served as director for China, Taiwan and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2007 to 2009, where he played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party-talks nuclear negotiations. He was formerly a U.S. Army officer where he was assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served in the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2009.
Katherine Palmer Kaup is the James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Kaup is author of Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China, editor and contributor to the textbook Understanding Contemporary Asia, and author of numerous articles and book chapters on China’s ethnic minorities. She has served as special adviser for Minority Nationalities Affairs at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and is a fellow in the National Committee's Public Intellectuals Program. She has been principal investigator for grants awarded by the Department of State, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Henry Luce Foundation. She regularly leads groups to China, including Congressional staff delegations, and has served as an expert witness for a Congressional Staff Roundtable on human rights in Xinjiang.


The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading American nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted exclusively to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and Greater China. Since 1966, the National Committee has focused its exchange, educational, and policy programs on politics and security, governance and civil society, economics and finance, education, and transnational issues such as energy and the environment, addressing these issues with respect to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Committee’s membership includes more than 900 prominent Americans from all parts of the country, and 80 corporations and professional firms. They represent many viewpoints, but share the belief that productive productive U.S.-China relations require ongoing public education, face-to-face contact, and the forthright exchange of ideas.