Thursday, October 29, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Ben Cherrington Hall, Room Sie 150
"China: Then and Now"
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 Power house.
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, was one of the State Department officials accompanied President Nixon on his historic visit to China in 1973.