Winston Lord

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Winston Lord (born in New York City on August 14, 1937) is a United States diplomat and leader of non-governmental foreign policy organizations. He served as the president of the Council on Foreign Relations between 1977 and 1985, Ambassador to China (1985-1989) and Assistant Secretary of State (1993-1997).

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Lord was a key figure in the restoration of relations between the United States and China in the early 1970s and US-China relations eversince. From 1969–73, as a member of the United States National Security Council’s planning staff, he was the special assistant to National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, accompanying him on his secret trip to Beijing in 1971. The following year, he was part of the U.S. delegation during President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China and was on President Ford's visit in 1975. Lord became the State Department's Director of Policy Planning and top policy adviser on China (1973–77), United States Ambassador to China (1985–1989) under President Reagan, and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (1993-1997) under President Clinton. Early in his career he served in the Foreign Service and the Defense Department.

Between governmental posts Ambassador Lord has headed and helped direct many private organizations related to international affairs. He was co-Chairman of the International Rescue Committee, Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy and President of the Council on Foreign...
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