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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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    Michelle Dammon Loyalka discussed her latest book, Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration, at a National Committee program in New York. Eating Bitterness focuses on issues related to labor, migration and urbanization in China, and chronicles the triumphs and tribulations of China’s growing population of rural migrants.

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    On April 2, Dr. Stephen R. Platt, a 2008-2010 fellow in the National Committee's Public Intellectuals Program, discussed his latest book, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War, at the Luce Foundation office in New York.

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    At the invitation of Vice President Joseph Biden, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited Washington, D.C. in mid-February. On Wednesday, February 15, he gave a major policy address on Sino-American relations at a luncheon co-hosted by the National Committee and the US-China Business Council, along with several cooperating organizations, and attended by approximately 600 business leaders, policymakers, heads of cultural and civic organizations, current and former American government officials, and Chinese officials.

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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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    On December 8, Dr. Mary Brown Bullock, Distinguished Visiting Professor of China Studies at Emory University, discussed her latest book, The Oil Prince’s Legacy: Rockefeller Philanthropy in China, at the Luce Foundation office in New York. Using family diaries, letters, interviews in China, and institutional archival records, Dr. Bullock illuminates five generations of Rockefeller philanthropy in China and tells a compelling story about the evolution of U.S.-China cultural relations. BIO

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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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    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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