On June 30, Ambassador to China James Sasser came home after three and a half years in one of Americaís most important diplomatic posts. Sasser arrived in Beijing prior to the 1996 Taiwan Straits crisis. He worked earnestly to rebuild U.S.-China relations and to increase Chinaís prestige in America. Among Sasserís most notable accomplishments were substantially increasing the number of Congressional visits to China and the expansion of military-to-military ties between the two governments.
Because of Sasserís efforts, Congressional attitudes toward China improved significantly prior to the Cox Committee Report release to Congress last December. A proponent of Clintonís engagement policy, Sasser has done much to support efforts encouraging China to be a responsible and mature emerging power.
He will now be moving on to a post in Vice President Al Goreís presidential campaign.