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Tao XIE is a full professor of political science at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He holds a PhD in political science from Northwestern University (2007). His research interests include U.S. Congress, public opinion, U.S.-China relations, and Chinese foreign policy. He is the author of U.S.-China Relations: China Policy on Capitol Hill(Routledge 2008), and co-author of Living with the Dragon: How the American Public Views the Rise of China(Columbia University Press 2010). He has also published dozens of articles in Chinese and English journals. He teaches American politics and comparative politics to Chinese students, and contemporary Chinese politics to American students through the China Studies Institute at Peking University. He is a frequent guest at BBC World News TV, CCTV-News, China Radio International, and writes regular columns on American politics and international affairs for a Chinese newspaper, Economic Observer.


John Israel, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1955) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (1957, 1963). His scholarly writing has focused upon students and higher education in 20th century China. His magnum opus is Lianda: A Chinese University in War and Revolution (1998). He has traveled, lived, and studied in Taiwan (1959-1962) and the People’s Republic of China (since 1978). After retiring from the UVa faculty in 2003, he taught American history to Chinese students at the Yunnan Nationalities University and Chinese history to American students through the Duke in China program in Kunming. On the 2010 spring voyage, he helped to launch Semester at Sea’s Tung program in Sino-US relations. His commentaries on contemporary China have been broadcast through the Voice of America’s Mandarin Language Service. A veteran of the anti-Vietnam-war movement, he has periodically conducted colloquia and seminars on Vietnamese history and the Vietnam war.