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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 9, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 39
 
A grand celebration in China

Johns Hopkins President William R. Brody; Henry Kissinger, former U.S. secretary of state; Liang Baohua, governor of Jiangsu Province; and Chen Jun, president of Nanjing University.

On June 22 and 23, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies hosted its 20th anniversary celebration and reunion at the Nanjing campus.

The celebration culminated in the presentation of an award to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is widely credited with opening diplomatic relations between the United States and China during his secret trip to Beijing in 1971. Other events included the 2007 graduation ceremony, keynote address by Kissinger, alumni dinners, panel discussions, concert, gala ball and dedication of the new 100,000-square-foot Samuel Pollard Building.

Several senior Johns Hopkins officials attended the celebration, including President William R. Brody, who delivered his address in Mandarin.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, which is operated jointly by SAIS and Nanjing University, was one of the first joint academic ventures between the two countries. Many of its 1,700 alumni have gone on to play significant roles in United States–China relations.

Kissinger was presented with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cultural Understanding Between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China.

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