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    Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Joseph Kahn discussed the challenges of writing about China from the perspectives of an academic and a journalist at Jones Day in New York. Dr. Wasserstrom is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and Mr. Kahn is deputy foreign editor of The New York Times.

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    The National Committee hosted an evening of stories and reflection with Jerome Alan Cohen on Tuesday, April 20 in New York City. National Committee President Stephen A. Orlins interviewed his law school professor, mentor and friend as we celebrated Professor Cohen’s 80th birthday.

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    Former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs Timothy P. Stratford discussed challenges in U.S.-China economic relations in an off-the record program at the Covington and Burling office in New York on April 1, 2010. He highlighted some of the core trade issues in the U.S.-China relationship, discussed the available tools and approaches for addressing these issues, and described the complex context in which these tools may be used.

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    The National Committee held a roundtable discussion with Ira Belkin on February 10, 2010 in New York. Belkin shared his insights on trends in human rights and the rule of law in China. He also discussed the Ford Foundation’s work in these areas. The proceedings of the roundtable were off-the-record.

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    The National Committee welcomed Christine Loh, the founder and CEO of Hong Kong think tank Civil Exchange, on February 8, 2010 for a roundtable discussion. In her opening remarks, Ms. Loh addressed five areas: the economy, civil society, Hong Kong government, Hong Kong-China relations, and perceptions of Hong Kong today. She then took questions on a wide array of issues.

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    In December 2018, experts from the American and Chinese governments, the legal field, and academia convened in Beijing to discuss important and timely issues, ranging from safeguarding human rights, including China’s governance in Xinjiang and U.S. immigration law, to government supervision and accountability, and legal protections for specific groups. The Americans also visited the Supreme People's Court, where they met with President Zhou Qiang, and observed a "virtual" civil trial at the Beijing Internet Court.

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    Peter Hessler, described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the Western world’s most thoughtful writers on modern China,” discussed his new book, Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory, on the morning of its hardcover release on February 9th, 2010. Interviewed by National Committee President Steve Orlins, Mr.

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    Professor Deborah Bräutigam discussed her new book, The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, at the offices of Jones Day in New York. The book examines Chinese aid and state-sponsored economic engagement in Africa. China’s aid in Africa is based on mutual benefit – and goes far beyond a popular western misconception of a simple effort to extract oil and other strategic natural resources, regardless of other considerations.

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    Who are China’s leaders? How do they think? What are the implications for China’s future? Robert Lawrence Kuhn discussed his latest book How China’s Leaders Think: The Inside Story of China’s Reform and What This Means for the Future (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) on January 12. Kuhn draws on exclusive interviews with over 100 Chinese leaders, providing an insider’s view on what China’s current and future leaders think about trade, business, finance, media, diplomacy and more.

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    The Land Use and Public Participation program provided opportunities for sharing the successes and challenges of the American and Chinese experiences of public participation in land use decisions. Government officials, scholars, and experts in both countries benefited from this timely program, which was conducted in three phases in 2009.

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    The National Committee hosted a roundtable discussion with Ambassador Wu Jianmin, former Chinese ambassador to France and former president of the China Foreign Affairs University on September 9, 2009, in New York. Ambassador Wu was joined by Ambassador Lü Fengding, former Chinese ambassador to Sweden; Dr. Zhang Yuyan, director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; and Ms. Xu Heming, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Department of Policy Planning.

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    In honor of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the National Committee is e-mailing its members and friends a series of “postcards” from China. The cards, intended to capture a sense of the proceedings in Beijing, come from friends of the Committee attending events, observing the activities around them, and reflecting on what they see and hear.

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    The National Committee welcomed Dr. Lai Shin-yuan, minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, for a roundtable discussion on July 13. Dr. Lai previously served as a National Security Council advisor in Chen Shui-bian’s administration and a legislator representing the Taiwan Solidarity Union party from 2005 to 2008. President Ma Ying-jeou crossed party lines to ask Dr.

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    Dr. Ashley Esarey, An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, and Dr. Yang Guobin, associate professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University, spoke about the internet and Chinese society and the Green Dam software controversy on June 11, 2009 in New York. Each discussed ongoing changes in internet restrictions and the predicted ramifications of increased government control.

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    The National Committee was delighted to welcome Zhang Jingjing to a roundtable discussion held on March 19, 2009. Ms. Zhang, an environmental litigator, first came to the United States in 2005 as a participant in a National Committee program on strengthening the work of legal aid centers in China; she reported that the program had changed her, inspiring her to encourage active public participation towards environmental protection in China.

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