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    January 17, 2019 | The Carter Center United States and China at 40: Seeking a New Framework to Manage Bilateral RelationsAn International Symposium to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Normalization of U.S.-China Diplomatic Relations Stephen A. Orlins, President  National Committee on U.S.-China Relations  

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    Carly Biondi joined the National Committee as operations manager in January 2019. Prior to her work at the Committee, Carly worked as a program manager in the Executive Education department of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

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    Rosie Levine is a program officer at the National Committee, where she works primarily on the Public Intellectuals Program, among other programs.

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    Continuing a tradition of welcoming senior Chinese leaders to the United States dating back to Deng Xiaoping’s historic 1979 visit, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR) and its long-time partner, the US-China Business Council (USCBC), were pleased to organize a private meeting with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New York on Monday, September 24, 2018. Evan G.

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    Madeline Bauer joined the National Committee after spending a year in China as a Schwarzman Scholar. During her one-year fellowship—a major component of the National Committee-Schwarzman Scholars Partnership—she is developing and executing bi-annual seminars for Schwarzman College alumni to continue their engagement in China-related issues. Ms. Bauer also organizes activities for current Schwarzman Scholars to participate in various National Committee programs taking place in China, and develops new alumni programs to accommodate the needs of a growing Schwarzman alumni network.

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    I. Peter Wolff joined the board of directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations in 1999, and co-founded the U.S.-China Young Leaders Forum two years later. In 2010, he began serving as secretary of the board, a position he continues to hold. Mr. Wolff serves on the boards of other organizations as well, including as a trustee of the George Balanchine Foundation. He is a member of the Studio in a School Association’s Advisory Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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    Keith Abell is founder of NextWave Investment Strategies, which has partnered with leading Asian financial institutions to utilize advanced quantitative methodologies to invest in Chinese and Korean financial markets. He also is co-founder of Sungate Properties, which has partnered with private Chinese investors to acquire stakes in trophy NYC office properties. Formerly, he was co-founder and vice chairman of GSC Group, managing director of The Blackstone Group, where he founded the firm’s business in Hong Kong, and a vice president of Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of FGL Holdings and Graf Industrial Corp., and the Advisory Board of WaveFront Global Asset Management. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a China Fellow at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and a B.A. from Brown University.

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    Senator James R. Sasser is a former United States senator and ambassador. With over three decades of experience, Senator Sasser provides clients with strategic counsel on a variety of topics, including public policy, media, and international relations. Senator Sasser was elected to the United States Senate from Tennessee in 1976 and served for nearly 20 years. During his time as a senator, he was chairman of a number of committees, including: the Senate Budget Committee; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Military Construction; the Banking Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy; and the Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on General Services, Federalism and the District of Columbia.

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    Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Roy was born in China and spent much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution, where he watched the battle for Shanghai from the roof of the Shanghai American School. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of U.S.-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Ambassador Roy’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. On retirement he joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, before joining the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2008 to head the newly created Kissinger Institute. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

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    William R. Rhodes is president and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC. He is also a retired senior vice chairman and senior international officer of Citigroup and Citibank. Mr. Rhodes gained a reputation for international financial diplomacy in the 1980s as a result of his leadership in helping manage the external-debt crises that involved developing nations and their creditors worldwide. During that period and in the 1990s, he headed the advisory committees of international banks that negotiated debt-restructuring agreements for Argentina, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. In 1998, when the Republic of Korea experienced liquidity problems, he chaired the international bank group that negotiated the extension of short-term debt of the Korean banking system. In early 1999, at the request of the government of Brazil, he acted as worldwide coordinator to help implement the maintenance of trade and interbank lines by foreign commercial banks to Brazil. He has since served as a trusted advisor to governments, financial officials, and corporations worldwide.

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    Nicholas R. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He joined the Institute in March 2003 from The Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow from 1995 until 2003. Before Brookings, he served at the University of Washington, where he was the director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies from 1991 to 1995. From 1997 through the spring of 2000, he was also the Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management. He is an expert on the Chinese economy.

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    Governor Thomas H. Kean is chairman and chief executive officer of THK Consulting. On December 16, 2002, Governor Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission’s work culminated on July 22, 2004, with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report, which quickly became a national bestseller. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation’s history. Kean served as the chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission’s work of guarding against future attacks.

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    Evan G. Greenberg is chairman and chief executive officer of Chubb Limited and Chubb Group. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Mr. Greenberg was chairman and chief executive officer of ACE Limited and ACE Group. He was elected president and chief executive officer in May 2004 and chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007.

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    Dr. Henry A. Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. In July 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984 to 1990 he served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986 to 1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He served as a member of the Defense Policy Board from 2001 to 2016.

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