(The speaker is co-director of Global Business Journalism Program, Tsinghua University)
People-to-people ties are really important. Everyone I know who has come to China and has talked to my students or traveled around has a different view of China, than people, I know in Washington, who've never been to China and who base their opinions on the debates that they watch on cable news or even some of the think tank speeches that they may have heard.
And educational cooperation really is important. I would love to have more American students come to China and learn about China first hand. And the U.S. should once again welcome Chinese students to the U.S. It helps China, it helps the United States if the young people have personal relationships and really understand what the other culture, what the other system is like. I think it will lead to better governance in China down the road and it will lead to changes in public opinion in the United States.