National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

The Fund was instrumental in the 1966 creation of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), and supported the Committee from that point forward. Established to legitimize discussions about the People’s Republic of China in the United States, as well as to foster exchanges amongst leading citizens of both countries, the Committee co-hosted the 1972 visit of the Chinese Table Tennis Team in round two of what came to be called “Ping Pong Diplomacy.” Alongside President Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, the sporting exchange helped encourage the re-opening of U.S.-China diplomatic relations. The RBF continued to support the NCUSCR during the “honeymoon” period of renewed Sino-American relations in the 1970s, funding the committee’s Chinese-English translation projects. Former RBF trustee Henry Kissinger has long served on the Committee’s governing board.

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