Wednesday August 12, 2020


March 12, 2014

Ambassador Max Baucus (center) with Dr. Chi Wang (L) and Ambassador James Sasser (R)

On March 12, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation hosted a reception congratulating Senator Max Baucus on his appointment as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. The reception was held in the Chinese Ballroom at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel just a couple of days before the former Senator moves to Beijing to officially take up his new post.

USCPF board members, local China scholars, U.S. and Chinese government officials, and retired ambassadors all attended this special event. Congressman Rick Larsen, co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group; former Senator Chris Dodd; Minister Lu Kang, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Chinese Embassy; and the newly appointed Hong Kong Economic and Trade Officer Commissioner Clement Leung were among the honored guests who came to show their support for the new ambassador.

Ambassador James Sasser, who, like Baucus, was both a U.S. Senator and ambassador to China, introduced his friend Ambassador Baucus and congratulated him on behalf of the U.S.-China Policy Foundation. Ambassador Baucus then said a few words thanking the guests and sharing his thoughts on taking up his new post.

Baucus told a story about the year in his youth he spent backpacking around the world. During that trip he came to realize how quickly the world was shrinking and the growing importance of global cooperation and understanding. He said that, unbeknownst to him, that trip planted the seeds for his future career in public service and international engagement.

He also emphasized the importance of the U.S.-China relationship and his eagerness to take up this coveted post. He acknowledged that navigating the complicated U.S.-China relationship would have its challenges but said he was ready to work hard and take up his new responsibilities to the fullest.

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation again congratulates Ambassador Baucus and wishes him the best in his new position. We thank him for taking the time out of his busy schedule during his last few days in the U.S. to join us for this reception. We also appreciate the efforts of the U.S. Department of State in helping us schedule this event.