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    Sidney Rittenberg may not have the nine lives of a cat, but he has lived at least three: first, he spent his childhood in Charleston, S.C., going on to college in North Carolina; he then moved to China at the end of World War II, observing and participating in the Chinese revolution, remaining there for the next 35 years; he returned to the United States in 1980 to become a highly regarded consultant, advising major corporate clients on doing business in China.

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    The National Committee hosted a public program with Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, on U.S.-China trade tensions and opportunities. The program was held at the offices of Covington and Burling in New York City on October 4, 2012.

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    The National Committee hosted Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional U.S.-China Working group, at an informal round table discussion at the Committee's offices on July 30, 2012. The conversation, moderated by President Stephen Orlins, touched on topics ranging from the role of China in the 2012 elections, bipartisan cooperation in Congress, U.S.-China economic and trade issues, and Congressional views of China.

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    On July 19, 2012, at the National Committee headquarters in New York City, a roundtable discussion on security issues in China was held featuring Dr. Xia Liping, dean of the School of Political Science & International Relations at Tongji University, and his colleagues Dr. Leng Xinyu (China University of Political Science and Law), and Dr. Dai Ying and Dr. Liu Yiqiang (Tsinghua University).

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    Blind rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, evading numerous armed guards and many check points, escaped from his home in Linyi County, Shandong, last week and made his way to Beijing. After a few days in hiding with friends, he sought assistance from American diplomats. This dramatic turn of events comes just before the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) begins on Thursday, May 3, and follows the visit to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu by former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun.

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    On April 10, 2012, Chinese authorities announced that Politburo member Bo Xilai had been removed from both the Politburo and the Central Committee and that his wife Gu Kailai was implicated in the murder of a British national in Chongqing last fall.

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    Dr. David M. Finkelstein, vice president of CNA, presents an overview of U.S.-China military relations – its current state, projected future, and essential developments.

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    President Richard Nixon’s visit to China in February 1972 changed the course of history, reshaping the global balance of power and opening the door to the establishment of relations between the People’s Republic and the United States.

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    In the spring of 2011, The Visionaries, a non-profit educational organization that produces a PBS program by the same name, approached the National Committee to create a documentary on our work and history. Now in its 17th season and hosted by actor Sam Waterston, The Visionaries profiles not-for-profit organizations around the world and is broadcast by PBS stations nationwide.

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    Leading Taiwan scholar Dr. Shelley Rigger discussed her new book, Why Taiwan Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), at a Jones Day program on January 18, 2012.

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    Harvard University professor emeritus Dr. Ezra F. Vogel discussed his landmark biography, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, at the New York office of Covington & Burling on Wednesday, November 30.

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    The National Committee held a luncheon in honor of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on September 22, 2011 in New York City. The event, co-hosted with the US-China Business Council, was timed to coincide with the Foreign Minister’s trip to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.

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    The National Committee hosted a program with Congressmen Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) at the New York University School of Law. The two co-chairs of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group shared their perspectives on China and discussed potential China-related legislation.

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    Richard McGregor discussed his new book The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers. Former Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times (FT), Mr. McGregor illuminates the complex inner workings of the Chinese Communist Party and examines its influence over the military, local governments, and the Chinese people.

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    In a conference call moderated by National Committee president Stephen Orlins, Dr. Jeffrey Bader, recently retired senior director for East Asian affairs at the National Security Council and special assistant to the President, discussed the China portion of the Vice President Joseph Biden’s August 2011 trip.

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