Wednesday May 27, 2020



The Honorable Donald M. Anderson

Donald M. Anderson was born in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from high school, he completed his undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University. Following a two-year service in the Army, Anderson entered the Foreign Service in 1958. Mr. Anderson began Chinese language and area studies training in 1960; upon completion of the program, he returned to Taiwan for a year of advanced interpreter training, following which he was assigned to the China Desk in the U.S. Department of State. In addition to other duties, Mr. Anderson traveled periodically to Warsaw, Poland, to act as an interpreter for the ambassadorial talks between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

In 1970, Mr. Anderson left Washington, D.C. for a two-year assignment as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Dehli, India. Following former President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, Mr. Anderson was transferred to Paris where he assisted Ambassador Arthur K. Watson in the liaison functions between the American and Chinese embassies, which was the agreed point of contact following the Nixon visit. With the agreement a year later to open liaison offices in the capitals of both countries, Mr. Anderson was transferred to Beijing as a political officer and later as Chief of the Political Section.

In 1975, Mr. Anderosn returned to Hong Kong to head the China Reporting Section of the Consulate General. From 1977-78, he served as the Deputy U.S. Representative for Micronesian Political Status Negotiations, following which he joined the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in July 1983, taking part in President Reagan’s visit to China, as well as numerous other high level visits to the United States by Chinese leaders. From 1986-1900, Mr. Anderson served as Consul General in Hong Kong.

After his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1990, Mr. Anderson served as an advisor for Asian affairs with Riggs National Bank in Washington. From 1991-94, Mr. Anderson served as President of the U.S.-China Business Council, a non-profit organization serving over 250 American companies and corporations doing business with China.

Mr. Anderson has been the recipient of two Presidential Meritorious Honor Awards, and numerous performance awards by the U.S. Department of State.