On February 25, the Foundation held its third annual luncheon with a commemoration of "U.S.-China Relations Since 1979."
A morning panel moderated by Executive Board Member, Ambassador John Holdridge, examined many of the challenges in the bilateral relationship over the past twenty years and challenges expected in the future. Ambassador William Gleysteen, Jr., Donald Anderson, a retired foreign service officer, and Yu Enguang, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Council of the China International Cultural Exchange Center and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress, each discussed the topic at hand and responded to questions from an audience of sixty.
Following the panel, the Honorable Stanley Roth, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and General Alexander Haig, Jr., an honorary advisor to the Foundation, delivered remarks on the future of U.S.-China relations and the challenges inherent in our relations. Minister Liu Xiaoming of the Chinese Embassy also gave his view of current bilateral relations to an audience of current and former Department of State personnel, businessmen, and academics.
The Foundation is also pleased to announce the inauguration of its Policy-Makers Seminar and Trip program—a program designed to provide a group of Congressional office and committee staff members with eight lectures on U.S.-China relations, followed by a seven-day trip to China in which they will meet their counterparts.
The series has been organized by William R. Johnson, formerly the Assistant Director of George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The program has received generous funding from the Houghton Freeman Foundation. The series will focus on crucial political, economic and security issues involving the United States and China in 1999 and into the next millennium.
Johnson, who coordinated the program, kicked-off the series with a presentation on China’s past and present on February 19, discussing political and intellectual issues, trends, values and developments of nineteenth- and twentieth-century China relevant to contemporary analysis with the participants. On March 5, Carol Lee Hamrin of the State Department and China scholar Anne Thurston discussed China’s evolving society in the context of political reform and change. The following week H. Lyman Miller of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute examined political and population issues and discussed their impact on bilateral relations.
In the weeks ahead Nicholas Lardy of the Brookings Institution, Robert Kapp, President of the U.S.-China Business Council, Sandra Kristoff, Vice President of New York Life International, and James Mulvenon of RAND will explore economic and trade issues. Defense and military issues will be taken up by David Shambaugh, Director of GW’s China Policy Program and Douglas Paal, President of the Asia-Pacific Policy Center. U.S.-China-Taiwan ties will be discussed by Ralph Clough of SAIS, and Ambassadors Arthur Hummel, Jr., and James Lilley of the American Enterprise Institute. At the final lecture Harry Harding, Dean of GW’s Elliott School, will present an overview of bilateral and multilateral relations.