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Trip to China
The President will be meeting with representatives of various communities during his trip to China. Be sure to visit this page for information and photographs of Chinese citizens.

On June 30, the President and First Lady participated in a roundtable discussion in Shanghai with Chinese citizens who are helping to shape the landscape of contemporary Chinese society, in areas including: business, law, the arts, media, and religion. Meet some of the participants:

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Bishop Jin Luxian, age 82, is a Jesuit priest who spent 27 years in prison on charges related to his theological studies in Europe in the late 1940's. His mission is to expand the scope of permissible religious activities in China and strengthen ties with overseas Catholics. Bishop Luxian is a noted scholar who travels extensively and speaks 5 languages fluently. Photo by Barbara Kinney.
Zhu Lanye, in her 40's, is a professor and vice dean at the East China University of Politics & Law. She has written extensively on legal reform, with a specialty in property rights and commercial law, and has translated many legal works into both Chinese and English. Professor Zhu graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai and attended Columbia University School of Law in the US and was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School in 1990-91. Photo by Barbara Kinney.
Wang Hai, age 25, is a consumer advocate, author and newspaper columnist. He also runs a consulting company in Beijing that specializes in exposing companies which sell counterfeit and poor quality goods. Although his methods of protecting consumers are somewhat controversial, Wang Hai is a national hero to many Chinese and has increased public knowledge of consumer law. Photo by Barbara Kinney
Wang Xiaoving, age 51, is a popular novelist who writes about modern urban families. She was born in Zhejiang province and graduated from East China Normal University in Shanghai with a degree in Chinese literature. Mrs. Wang's husband is a professor of business management in Jiaotong University. They have a 6-year-old daughter. Photo by Barbara Kinney.
Xie Xide, age 77, is a physicist and educator who works diligently to promote intellectual freedom and improved Sino-US relations. Madame Xie is a graduate of Smith College and holds a PHD from M.I.T. Madame Xie founded the American Studies Center on the campus of Fudan University. Its scholars are among China's best and were consulted by President Jiang Zemin prior to his trip to the United States. Madame Xie was appointed president of the University in 1983 and retired in 1991. Photo by Barbara Kinney.
Zuo Xuejin, in his 40's, has a degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and is an expert on migrant research. He has written a book about Shanghai's migrant population and is a strong advocate of social issues from health reform to welfare programs for Shanghai's migrant poor. Photo by Barbara Kinney.

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