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The National Committee's granddaddy project of them all, the April 1972 visit of the Chinese Table Tennis Team to the United States, not only made history by turning "Ping Pong Diplomacy" into a household e
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Chinese president Xi Jinping and his father Xi Zhongxun are just one of several notable father/son duos who have participated in our programs. As Guangdong's governor, the senior Xi led a 1980 provincial leaders delegation to the United States that the Committee arranged.
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Providing participants an up-close perspective on life inside an American home and the opportunity to form close friendships with their hosts, local homestays have long been a feature of Committee itineraries for Chinese delegations visiting the United States.
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Tragedies can create opportunities. In response to the chill in U.S.-China relations that followed the U.S.'s 1999 bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, the Committee began conceptualizing next generation programming as an investment into better future bilateral communications.
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In 1975, when future president George H.W. Bush was stymied in his efforts to meet future PRC leader Deng Xiaoping, the National Committee played matchmaker. Bush, head of the U.S.
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The National Committee's first benefactor was John D. Rockefeller III.  In 1966, he gave a personal gift of $20,000. Later that year the Rockefeller Brothers Fund pledged $300,000 over three years.
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From the '70s to the '90s, National Committee staffers escorting Chinese delegations around the States lugged a separate suitcase stuffed with electric kettles so that our Chinese visitors could make tea in their hotel rooms. The advent of in-room coffee makers was warmly welcomed!
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The National Committee has been involved with U.S.-China educational exchange for longer than the two countries have had diplomatic relations. In 1973, we sent the first group of American teachers to the People's Republic and welcomed back a group of Chinese language teachers.
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We conservatively estimate that the hundreds of teachers who participated in our Teachers Exchange Program (which ran from 1996 to 2014) collectively taught more than 142,000 students in Chinese and American classrooms, promoting better foreign language skills and deeper cross-cultural understan
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One of the venues for the NCUSCR-sponsored tour of the Shenyang Acrobats in 1972-73 was the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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After Tiananmen, in 1989, many questioned whether the U.S. should be dealing with China at all.
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The National Committee first worked with Yang Jiechi in 1977, when, at age 27, he accompanied a Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs delegation as its interpreter.
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In 1968, NCUSCR executive director Cecil Thomas and other Committee members briefed President Lyndon Johnson on ways to improve U.S.-China relations. Today, we continue our discussions with administration officials and share our Track II consensus papers with them.
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Then NASA astronaut Mark Kelly joined the Young Leaders Forum in 2003, where he met his future wife, fellow program participant and then Arizona State legislator Gabrielle Giffords.
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Tennis champ Stan Smith and Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy have at least one thing in common: both first traveled to China through the National Committee. Smith went in 1977 on a tennis exchange, Kennedy in 1995 for meetings with judicial colleagues.

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