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    Jerome Cohen and Ezra Vogel reflect on normalization and how academic study of China has changed over the course of their careers.

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    Prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa Howard French discusses his latest book, an accounting of China in Africa.

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    A year has passed since China installed a new president, Xi Jinping; he has moved forcefully in several areas but many challenges remain. How will the country move forward as its double-digit rate of economic growth slows? How does it plan to deal with international calls for political reform and cope with an aging and increasingly polarized population? How do China's leaders see the nation's future, including its strategic role in the region and beyond?

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    Since the end of the Cold War, China and Japan have faced each other as powers of relatively equal strength for the first time in their long history. As the two great powers of East Asia, the way they both compete and cooperate with each other, and the way they conduct their relations in the new era, will play a big part in the evolution of the region as a whole.

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    The National Committee welcomed Ambassador Jin Yongjian, head of the China Society for People’s Friendship Studies, for a roundtable discussion on topics ranging from educational exchanges to the upcoming midterm elections in the United States.

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    In The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China’s Rise and Avoid Another Cold War, Donald Gross challenges attempts to contain China and warns against protectionism. Instead, he calls for achieving a stable peace with China and negotiating free trade agreements that will bring greater American prosperity consistent with principles for good Sino-American relations advanced by presidents from Nixon onward. Mr.

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    The trial of Bo Xilai, former Party Secretary of Chongqing, has been called the most important political trial in China in decades. On Wednesday, August 28 the National Committee convened a discussion with two American experts on Chinese legal development and politics, Ira Belkin and Cheng Li, respectively.

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    At the conclusion of the fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C., the National Committee on US-China Relations co-hosted a reception and dinner with the U.S.-China Business Council, honoring Chinese participants Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and U.S. participants Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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    Not since Nixon met Mao in ’72 have the top leaders from the United States and China engaged in such extended informal discussions as they did last week at Sunnylands. On Thursday, June 13, at 5 p.m. EDT, the National Committee offered a discussion with two of the United States’ most thoughtful and best informed China watchers, Ambassadors J. Stapleton Roy and Jeffrey Bader.

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    Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, is known around the world as an innovative leader and respected scholar of global strategy. Lee has been a mentor to every Chinese leader from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, and a counselor to every U.S. president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama.

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    At a National Committee program on Monday, March 18 Richard Bush, a senior fellow at Brookings, discussed his new book at Dorsey & Whitney in New York City.

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    Since 2007, the National Committee has run a series of multi-day briefings for mid-career officers in the United States armed services who have been fast-tracked for top leadership positions. The purpose of these seminars is to provide the participants with a general background on China and to brief them on issues not conventionally covered in their military training – such as China’s domestic politics, economic development, business and trade, foreign policy, rule of law, growth of civil society, environmental concerns and climate change, energy, and the use of soft power.

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    What underlies China’s policies toward the countries of the Middle East? Dr. Pan Guang, vice chairman and professor of political science and history at the Shanghai Center for International Studies of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), discussed his views with moderator Jan Berris, National Committee Vice President, and the audience on January 24, 2013 at Jones Day New York.

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    With the new make-up of China’s highest political bodies no longer a mystery, the question now turns to how these fifth generation leaders will impact the regional and global world orders over their tenures. Will the Xi-Li government institute the political and financial reforms many call for? Will Sino-U.S. relations enter a new phase of either cooperation or conflict?

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    Despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military capabilities, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. In China's Search for Security, authors Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell argue that the key to understanding China’s foreign policy is to grasp these geostrategic challenges, which persist even as the country comes to dominate its neighbors.

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