Jim Sasser: Guanxi Is His Middle Name

The Chinese like the U.S. Ambassador's connections

Between courses of duck and chicken-and-ginseng soup at a June dinner in Beijing, an influential Chinese official perks up at the mention of U.S. Ambassador James R. Sasser. In a refrain now common in Beijing corridors of power, he praises the former Tennessee senator: "He's straightforward and sincere. And he knows Clinton very well."

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