Bette Bao Lord and Winston Lord

Writer and Diplomat
2012Spring

Winston Lord, the former United States Ambassador to China, and his wife Bette Bao Lord, the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author, were in residence together at Dartmouth as Montgomery Fellows. Lord served as ambassador to China from 1985 to 1989 under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and was the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under President Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Ambassador Lord has played a central role in determining American foreign policy toward the Far East and in helping to restore U.S.-Chinese relations in the last half of the 20th century. While a member of the National Security Council planning staff in 1971, he accompanied then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger on his secret trip to China that paved the way for President Nixon’s historic visit and summit meeting with Mao Tse-tung the following year. Lord returned to China with President Nixon in 1972 and again with President Ford in 1975, and in subsequent years served as the top policy advisor on China at the Department of State. He was also involved in the secret peace talks in Paris and Hanoi that ended the Vietnam War. Lord has been honored with the Defense Department’s Outstanding Performance Award and the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award.

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