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    Author Zachary Karabell discussed his new book Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It at the Jones Day offices in New York on November 12, 2009.  

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    In its continuing celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the National Committee featured former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal in a conversation with National Committee President Stephen Orlins on April 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Their discussion shed light on the current global financial crisis via the prism of the historical Sino-American financial relationship, its ramifications for the present and potential for the future.

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    Mr. Fung offers his views on the multilateral trading system from the Asia/Pacific perspective and discusses ways to engage Asia in international forums, especially in light of the current economic environment.

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    On June 18, 2008, the National Committee co-hosted a dinner in Washington, DC, in honor of Wang Qishan, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Informally concluding the 4th round of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), the dinner provided the occasion for Vice Premier Wang and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paulson to give public addresses concerning SED’s progress.

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    Alexandra Harney examines some of the reasons why China is able to offer such low prices on its manufactured goods. She also highlights the consequences of the “China price,” including the health and safety of workers and environmental degradation.

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    Business has been a driving force in expanding U.S.-China relations, and American companies of all sizes continue to enter the China market or expand their current operations at an unprecedented rate. What do American businesses operating in China see as key issues, and what steps can both countries’ governments take to improve the business climate?

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    Dr. David M. Lampton shares his perspective on how China’s strengths are changing, where vulnerabilities and uncertainties lie, and how the rest of the world, not least the United States, should view these trends.

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    Jack Perkowski, chairman and CEO of ASIMCO Technologies, gave National Committee members and guests a snapshot view of his experiences in building an automotive parts business in China.

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    The December 2007 UN-sponsored Bali climate summit highlighted the main challenge to negotiating a post-Kyoto framework to address climate change: American and Chinese unwillingness to accept binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Specialists Rob Bradley and Joanna Lewis discussed U.S. and Chinese government approaches to international climate change negotiations, how the two countries influence each others’ policy formulation and potential openings for cooperation.

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    Ted Plafker is a Beijing-based correspondent for The Economist. In his book, Doing Business in China: How to Profit in the World’s Fastest Growing Market, he highlights promising economic sectors, provides information on China’s legal landscape, and offers advice on how to promote and distribute products to Chinese consumers, among other topics.

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    Fang Xinghai, an alumnus of the National Committee’s Young Leaders Forum and former deputy director of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, became deputy director of Shanghai’s Office of Financial Services in 2006. In his remarks to National Committee members and guests, Dr. Fang focused on steps Shanghai is taking to position itself both as China’s financial center and, over the longer term, an international financial center.

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    Professor Lucian Pye and Professor Robert A. Scalapino, two distinguished scholars in the field of U.S.-China relations who have served as National Committee chairmen, discussed the founding of the National Committee, its work over the past 40 years and the role it might play in the future at a May 3 anniversary program in New York City. National Committee chair Carla Hills welcomed the many current and former directors, members and guests who attended the program.

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    On April 20, 2006, the National Committee co-hosted a dinner in Washington, DC in honor of Hu Jintao, president of the People’s Republic of China. This provided the occasion for President Hu’s only public address in Washington, DC. In his remarks, President Hu noted that U.S.-China relations have grown beyond the bilateral context and have become increasingly global in importance.

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    Now in its twelfth year, this annual lecture—the first and only ongoing lecture series on U.S.-China relations that takes place on the Mainland—affords its guests the opportunity for a frank and forthright discussion of current and potential issues between the two countries.

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