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Press Release

August 16, 2012

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has supported better Sino-U.S. relations over the past 17 years in the nation’s capital, announced today that former U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia and U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong, the Honorable James Keith, has joined USCPF’s executive board and will help guide its work of promoting mutual understanding between China and the United States. Keith’s addition and 31-year experience in the U.S. Foreign Service will enable the Foundation to continue offering meaningful programs and events centered around the most important bilateral relationship in the world today.

“Jim is among one of the top U.S. government experts on China and the Asia Pacific region, and he built his hands-on expertise in the broader Asian region on top of an incredible foundation in China. Jim Keith will be a great addition to our board and help guide the USCPF in its important work of maintaining strong ties between China and the United States,” said USCPF Chairman and co-founder Dr. Chi Wang.

Ambassador Keith served as NSC Director for China and U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong before being named U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia. His work strengthening U.S. ties with Malaysia and developing relations with China is well known among his Foreign Service colleagues, and he currently heads the China practice of McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Keith has expressed great excitement over the prospect of serving the Foundation in the capacity of an executive board member. Ambassador Keith’s role as a member of the USCPF Executive Board starts August 2012.

The U.S.-China Policy Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit, non-advocacy organization founded in 1995 that promotes a greater understanding between American and Chinese policymakers, researchers, and government officials. USCPF seeks to provide opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners of foreign policy to interact in more diverse and substantial ways. USCPF also conducts research on U.S.-China policies and relations in the Asia-Pacific region. The foundation does not advocate any policy or attempt to influence policy decisions, but instead provides information in order to increase awareness of issues in U.S.-China relations. For more information visit:


The Honorable James Keith, USCPF Executive Board

Ambassador James Keith, Senior Director, leads McLarty Associates’ China practice and co-leads their Asia practice. During his 31-year career as a U.S. diplomat he became one of the U.S. government’s top experts on China, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China, NSC Director for China, Consul General in Hong Kong, and as a political officer in the US Embassy in Beijing. He also has broad experience in Asia outside of China. From 2007 to 2010 he was the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia. He was previously posted in Seoul and Jakarta, as well as serving as NSC Director for Southeast Asia. Ambassador Keith grew up across Asia, living in Tokyo, Jakarta, Hong Kong, and Taipei. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980 after graduating with a B.A. degree in English from the College of William and Mary. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian, and has studied Korean.