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Looking back over 35 years of Sino-U.S. relations, five former U.S. ambassadors met May 21 at the New York Stock Exchange to share the highlights, and lowlights, of their terms.
Sponsored by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the panel of ambassadors gave insights into the often contentious world of diplomacy and the moments in which their efforts made a real difference to the lives of billions.
The ambassadors shared the responsibility of maintaining diplomatic ties throughout the 35 years of sometimes contentious bilateral relations. During incidents such as the 1999 U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, high-level state visits and navigating regional tensions, the ambassadors were charged with communicating U.S. policy and representing U.S. values.
The author is a contributing writer to Beijing Review, living in New York City