Senator Max Baucus
The Honorable Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has been a strong supporter of relations between the United States and China and is a welcomed addition to the USCPF honorary advisory board. Senator Baucus has demonstrated his commitment to the bilateral relationship by delivering a statement supporting the president’s recent trip to China and by traveling with the president for that summit.
In remarks delivered on June 11, 1998, on the Senate floor, Baucus advocated engagement with China in order to achieve “peace, prosperity and fair trade, and a decent world to live in” for Americans and Chinese. Quoting Henry Ford, he said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
As the second-ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, Senator Baucus has also been a leading advocate of preserving China’s Normal Trade Relations (formerly known as MFN) tariff status while pursuing a results-oriented policy on trade, human rights, and other concerns in U.S.-China relations.
The Senator has had a distinguished career in Congress, serving as a representative of Montana from 1974-1978. He was elected to the Senate in 1978 and has been reelected in 1984, 1990, and 1996. The senator holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a law degree from Stanford University.
Secretary Barbara Hackman Franklin
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin has recently joined the board of the U.S.-China Policy Foundation as an honorary advisor. Ms. Franklin served as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was the highest-ranking woman of the Bush Administration.
As Secretary of Commerce she played a pivotal role in U.S.-China relations through her focus on market-opening initiatives in China and other countries that led to a substantial increase in American exports.
Her historic mission to China in 1992, at the request of President George Bush, normalized commercial relations between the two countries and removed one of the sanctions—the ban on ministerial contact—that the U.S. had imposed following the 1989 incident in Tiananmen Square.
In her service to five U.S. presidents, Secretary Franklin has held numerous positions in the areas of economic and trade policy, including four terms on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and as an Alternate Reprepresentative and Public Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.
Currently, Secretary Franklin is president and chief executive officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, an international trade consulting and investment firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., which provides counsel to American companies operating in foreign markets.
A frequent speaker on U.S.-China relations, Ms. Franklin is an advocate of “connectivity” and dialogue with China in order to achieve our own objectives and cooperate for the global good. She believes as partners China and the U.S. can make tremendous strides.