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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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On the third and last stop of her U.S. visit, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong was honored at a cultural symposium and luncheon at Carnegie Hall on November 22, co-hosted by the National Committee and the Chinese Consulate General in New York. The symposium, on Sino-American cultural exchange and cooperation, featured the signing of five cultural cooperation agreements and was attended by a diverse group of American leaders in the fields of the arts and education.
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The Taiping Rebellion was one of the costliest civil wars in human history. Tens of millions of people lost their lives as Chinese rebels, imperial armies, and local militias clashed across the Yangzi Delta. 
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The Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress took place from November 9 to 12 in Beijing.
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The new book, Challenge to China, by Jerome A. Cohen and Margaret K Lewis, draws attention to an underappreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan and asks how Taiwan’s experience might be relevant to its neighbor across the Taiwan Strait. 
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A year has passed since China installed a new president, Xi Jinping; he has moved forcefully in several areas but many challenges remain. How will the country move forward as its double-digit rate of economic growth slows? How does it plan to deal with international calls for political reform and cope with an aging and increasingly polarized population? How do China's leaders see the nation's future, including its strategic role in the region and beyond?
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From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy—or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation.
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The Buddhist monk Tanxu surmounted extraordinary obstacles--poverty, wars, famine, and foreign occupation--to become one of the most prominent monks in China, founding numerous temples and schools, and attracting crowds of students and disciples wherever he went. Now, in Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk, James Carter draws on untapped archival materials to provide a book that is part travelogue, part history, and part biography of this remarkable man.
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When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot’s government espoused the rhetoric of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea was utterly dependent on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance to survive.
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Mr. Fung offers his views on the multilateral trading system from the Asia/Pacific perspective and discusses ways to engage Asia in international forums, especially in light of the current economic environment.
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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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Assignment: China - Tiananmen Square tells the behind-the-scenes story of the American reporters who covered the tumultuous events of spring 1989 in Beijing.
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At a National Committee public program on May 19, author Michael Meyer discussed living in one of Beijing's oldest hutongs, a traditional alleyway neighborhood which defined the city's layout for centuries. Mr. Meyer's first book, The Last Days of Old Beijing, chronicles the destruction of many of these neighborhoods as the city was redesigned for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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Dr. Jessica Chen Weiss explores the role of nationalism and popular protest in China's foreign relations.
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As part of an overall strategic review, the Rockefeller Foundation asked the National Committee to help it look at how China’s emergence affects the foundation’s strategies and goals. The China Project is an ongoing series of seminars and discussions begun in 2005 with the aim of providing the Foundation staff an opportunity to examine the global and regional impacts of China’s rise and its implications for Foundation programming around the world. The focus is on issues the Foundation staff identified as important to their programmatic goals.

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