Honorable Henry A. Kissinger,
Former U.S. Secretary of State
As the main architect of the historic opening of China in 1972, Dr.
Kissinger’s efforts have been instrumental in shaping the current
U.S.-China relationship. By advocating a policy of constructive engagement
toward China and seeking to integrate Beijing into the international
system, Dr. Kissinger's efforts were instrumental in creating an economic,
diplomatic, and political environment in which China's economic transformation
could take place.
Dr. Kissinger's long and distinguished governmental
career includes serving as served as the 56th Secretary of State from
1973-1977; Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
from 1969 to 1975; Chairman of the National Bipartisan Commission
on Central America from 1983 to 1985; a member of the President’s
Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1984-1990; and a member of
the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security
Council and Defense Department from 1986-1988.
At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger
Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. Dr. Kissinger
is also currently a member of the Defense Policy Board and serves
as advisor to a number of major corporations.
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 president’s 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 Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator
Baucus has also been a leading advocate of preserving China’s
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 Wilson’s
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."
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 served on five committees,
including the Foreign Relations committee in which he was 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.
Sen. Hagel has served as the Deputy Whip and is the
recipient of many awards, including the 2001 Horatio Alger Award,
and was 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
Vietnam War veteran and was appointed Deputy Administrator of the
Veterans Administration by Ronald Reagan in 1981.
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