The USCPF is extremely pleased to welcome Ambassador James Sasser, former U.S. Ambassador to China (1996-1999) and Senator from Tennessee (1977-1995), as an honorary advisor to the Foundation. Sasser, who only recently retired from his post in China, served during an extraordinary and tumultuous time in Sino-U.S. relations. During Sasserís ambassadorship, President Clinton visited China and agreed to build a "strategic partnership" with Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Also, Sasser experienced the protests in China during the aftermath of the accidental NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia last May. His contributions to relations between the United States and China are highly respected.
During his tenure in the Senate, he was Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and Senate Appropriations and Banking Subcommittees. He has also served as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and prior to serving on Capitol Hill, as Partner of Goodpasture, Carpenter, Woods, and Sasser (1961-1976). Most recently, Sasser has been named J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor at George Washington Universityís Elliott School of International Affairs. He serves on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations including the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He previously served on the Smithsonian Board of Regents and the Board of Visitors U.S. Naval Academy.