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The Powerful People Arguing for U.S.-China Free Trade

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks to introduce China's Vice President Xi Jinping to leaders from the private and public sectors in 2012
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks to introduce China's Vice President Xi Jinping to leaders from the private and public sectors in 2012Photograph by Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

Recommending that the U.S. and China work toward a free-trade deal is a bit like stepping into a prize fight and asking the boxers to settle their differences peacefully.

But some powerful people on both sides of the Pacific Ocean are doing exactly that. A report by a blue-ribbon, binational panel assembled by the China-United States Exchange Foundation said this week that the countries “should begin early-stage discussions of the opportunities and challenges of an eventual bilateral free-trade agreement.”