The Honorable Max Baucus
Senator Baucus has been a strong supporter of relations between the
United States and China. The senator has demonstrated his commitment
to the bilateral relationship by delivering a statement supporting
the presidents recent trip to China and by traveling with the
president for that summit. In remarks delivered on June 11, 1998 on
the Senate floor, Senator 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 Chinas
Normal Trade Relations (formerly known as MFN) tariff status while
pursuing a results-oriented policy on trade, human rights, and other
concerns in Sino-American 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
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Senator Feinstein joined the Senate in 1992, when she was elected
to fill the remaining two years of then-Senator Pete Wilsons
term. She was elected to her first six-year term in 1994 and serves
on the judiciary, foreign relations, and rules administration committees
in the Senate. She pioneered the establishment of "sister cities"
with major trading cities in Asia while mayor of San Francisco.
Feinstein joined the board in order to "develop a focus on
the key issues in the U.S.-China relationship." She further
remarked, "The foundation can play a key role in exposing U.S.
policymakers to the people, perspectives and information necessary
to make informed choices on important issues in U.S.-China relations,
such as Taiwan, human rights, nuclear proliferation, intellectual
property rights and trade. By facilitating exchanges and discussions
between and among American and Chinese policy makers, academics
and other specialists, the foundation can contribute to increased
understanding between the two countries and a consensus-building
dialogue on how best to approach this most important of relationships."
The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin
Secretary Franklin served as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was the highest ranking woman in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. 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 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 on China following the events at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
In her service to five U.S. presidents, Ms. Franklin has held numerous positions in the area of economic and trade policy, including four terms on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and as an Alternate Representative and Public Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.
Currently, Secretary Franklin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private investment and consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. She provides counsel to American companies operating in foreign markets, notably China. She has served on the boards of fourteen public companies and is currently on the board of Aetna, Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company, as well as the Washington Mutual Investors Fund.
Senator Chuck Hagel
Elected to the Senate in 1996, Senator Hagel currently serves on
five committees, including a Foreign Relations committee in which
he is a Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific
Affairs, and on the Banking Committee where he serves as a Ranking
Member of the Subcommittee on International Trade and Finance.
Hagel has served as the Deputy Whip since his election, is the recipient
of many awards; including the 2001 Horatio Alger Award, and has
been named one of the "Congressional Power Players" by
Prior to his election to the U.S Senate, he served as president
and CEO of a number of different companies and organizations. He
is a the Vietnam War veteran and has been appointed Deputy Administrator
of the Veterans Administration by Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig
General Haig has dedicated himself to improved U.S. relations abroad
with a distinguished career, at one time serving as the Supreme
Allied Commander in Europe during the Ford Administration. In government,
General Haig served in a number of capacities, including White House
chief of staff under President Nixon and secretary of state during
the Reagan Administration. Currently, General Haig is Chairman of
his Washington, D.C.-based firm, World-Wide Associates, Inc. He
is an active member of the boards of numerous businesses, educational,
and cultural associations.
General Haigs first experience with China came in January
1972, when he helped lay the groundwork for the historic Shanghai
Communiqué. His subsequent activities related to China include:
Editorial advisor to the U.S. publishers of The Peoples Republic
of Chinas Official Guide: America Business & Industry,
and Honorary Senior Advisor to the China Ocean Shipping Group. In
the November 1996 edition of The International Economy, General
Haig contends that "in the future Chinas relationship
with the United States may well be the pivotal determinant of international
peace and stability."
Dr. Nathaniel Thayer
Professor and Director of Asian Studies at the Paul Nitze School
of Advanced International Studies of John Hopkins University.
Dr. John Young
Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University.