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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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    The director of the China Development Brief Translation Project, Shawn Shieh, discussed the burgeoning relationship between grant-making foundations and independent nonprofit organizations in China in a talk at the Henry Luce Foundation. In the U.S., philanthropic organizations and civil society organizations are natural partners, with grant-making foundations serving as an important source of funding for nonprofits. In China, foundations have long had close ties with the government, and have subsequently shied away from supporting independent nonprofits.

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    National Committee Vice Chairman Henry A. Kissinger discussed his new book, On China, in an interview with National Committee President Steve Orlins. Dr. Kissinger answered questions ranging from the role of the United States in cross-Strait relations, his reflections on the Vietnam conflict, the publication of his book in China, and President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington, DC. Dr. Kissinger took questions from the audience submitted on note cards. Full video of the event is now available:

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    In early March, China’s central government proposed a defense budget for 2011 that increases military spending nearly 13 percent over 2010. As China expands and modernizes its armed forces, it holds an increasingly influential position in Asian-Pacific security. China has been a crucial player in the Six Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear proliferation during the last decade.

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    With the rise of tensions in Northeast Asia over the past few months, understanding the complex interactions among China, Japan and the two Koreas has become more important than ever, as has understanding the effect such tensions have on the United States and its interaction with these countries. The National Committee, in cooperation with the Japan Society, brought together three experts to provide insights into the current state of the regional security relationships: the Brookings Institution’s Richard Bush, the Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer, and Johns Hopkins University’s Kent Calder.

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    National Committee Director Edward Steinfeld discussed his new book, Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West (Oxford University Press, 2010), at a Jones Day program on November 2. In the book, Steinfeld explores the monumental economic and political ramifications of China’s integration into global production.

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    His Excellency Wen Jiabao, Premier of People’s Republic of China, expressed optimism about the future of U.S.-China bilateral relations at a dinner co-hosted in his honor by the National Committee and the US-China Business Council. Held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City, the dinner began with remarks by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who both marveled at China’s rapid growth and stressed the importance of the bilateral relationship.

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    Ambassador Nicholas Platt discussed his new book China Boys: How U.S. Relations with the PRC Began and Grew, and the resumption of U.S.-China relations in the 1960s and 1970s at the offices of Jones Day in New York.

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