Speaker - James R. Sasser

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James Sasser was born in Memphis Tennessee and educated at Vanderbilt University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree (1958) and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt Law School (1961).

He practiced law in Nashville until elected to the United States Senate in 1976, where he served for 18 years. During that time he was chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, as well as various subcommittees of the Appropriations, Banking, and Governmental Affairs committees. Upon leaving the Senate he became a fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University which ended with his appointment as ambassador to the People's Republic of China in 1996. He served in that capacity for almost four years, playing a pivotal role in stabilizing Sino-American relations and traveling with President Jiang Zemin on his historic State visit to the United States in 1997.

Senator Sasser is currently a senior advisor to the FedEx Corporation and a senior counselor to APCO Worldwide in Washington, DC. He has served as a consultant to other U.S. corporation doing business in China, including the Ford Motor Company, the former Unocal Corporation and Brown-Forman Corporation.

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Once Upon a Time in Beijing: Five Ambassadors to China

12.09.08 | 01:34:38 min | 0 comments