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March 17, Washington, D.C., National Press Club

The U.S.-China Policy Foundationís fourth annual National Press Club luncheon was held on March 17 following a roundtable discussion highlighting "Current Trends in US-China Relations". The morning roundtable discussion was moderated by Ambassador Arthur W. Hummel, former US Ambassador to China, and featured several preeminent China specialists, including Dr. Frederick W. Crook, President of the China Group and Former Agricultural Economist at the USDA; Dr. Pieter Bottelier, former Chief of the World Bankís Mission in China, and Professor David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. A thoughtful exchange with audience members followed the speakers?observations about the myriad issues surrounding the evolving economic and political relations between America and China, with particular emphasis on the role that American foreign policy plays in the Cross-Strait situation. The former Ambassador to China, James Sasser, delivered the luncheonís keynote address, in which he elaborated upon the current concerns over Cross-Strait relations. He ended on an optimistic note, however, exploring possible avenues for a renewed dialogue between the two governments.
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