Hear Ambassador Nicholas Platt, long-time China specialist, three-time U.S. Ambassador (Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines), former president of the Asia society, and author of the published memoir China Boys, who was one of the State Department officials accompanied President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1973.
As a young diplomatic officer in the early 1960s, when Communist China was firmly closed to the west, Nicholas Platt took the unusual step of studying Mandarin. This put him in a key position when U.S. relations to China suddenly opened. Overseeing numerous contacts and exchanges with China, and a frequent visitor and lecturer in the PRC, Platt is in a unique position to compare those early days of diplomatic contact to relations with the West today, as China now emerges as a major player on the world stage and an economic powerhouse.
Ambassador Platt is happy to sign your copy of China Boys, which will be available for purchase at this event.
Lunch will be provided.