Barnett, A. Doak (1921--1999). Professor emeritus of China Studies, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. Professor Barnett, a journalist, taught at Columbia University and MIT. He was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations and a consultant to the National Security Council and Department of State.
Chiang Kaishek. (1887–1975). Chinese general and politician. Chiang Kaishek was accepted as one of the Big Four in directing the Allied war on the Axis (1941–1945). He was the president of Taiwan (1950–1975) after the communists assumed control of mainland China in 1949.
Kissinger, Henry (b. 1923). Secretary of state during the Nixon/Ford administration, 1973 through 1977. Made secret visit to Beijing in July 1971.
Knowles, John H. (1960--1979). General director of Massachusetts General Hospital, 1962 to 1971, and president of the Rockefeller Foundation, 1972 to 1979.
Mao Zedong (1893--1976). In 1949 Mao established the People's Republic of China and proclaimed himself its first leader. In 1972 Mao met with President Nixon to begin talks toward forming a relationship between their two countries.
Murrow, Edward R. (1908–1965). World-renowned television news reporter. In 1961 he accepted an appointment from President Kennedy to assume the helm at the U.S. Information Agency (USIA).
Reischauer, Edwin O. Founder and first director (1974 to 1981) of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.
Rogers, William Pierce (1913--2001). Secretary of state during the Nixon administration, 1969 through 1973.
Rusk, Dean (1909–1994). Secretary of state during the Kennedy/Johnson administration, 1961 through 1969.
Vance, Cyrus Roberts (1917--2002). Secretary of state during the Carter administration.
Vogel, Ezra F. Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Director of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.
Xiaoping, Deng (1905--1997). Paramount leader of China from 1978 to 1997.
Whiting, Allen S. Regents professor emeritus, University of Arizona. Former consultant to Dr. Henry Kissinger. Former professor in the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Author of the now-classic The Chinese Calculus of Deterrence, University of Michigan Press.
Zhou Enlai. (1898--1976). Briefly replaced Mao Zedung as commissar of Red Army, 1932 to 1934. Became chief diplomatic representative and negotiator of Chinese Communist Party. Premier of China, 1949 to 1976; foreign minister, 1949 to 1958 of People's Republic of China. See also Glory and Dreams.
Zhu Rongji (b.1928). Premier of the People's Republic of China from 1998 to 2003.