About Hank Levine

Hank Levine was bitten by the China bug in college (Bucknell University).  After graduation he wandered out to Taiwan, spending three years there teaching English and studying Chinese (at Tunghai University).

After his return to the US and two years of graduate school (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy) he spent 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer, with a heavy focus on US-China relations.  He served twice in the Office of Chinese Affairs at the State Department (1986-88 and 1996-99) and twice at the US Embassy in Beijing (1982-83 and 1989-1992).  He also served as US Consul General in Shanghai (1999-2002).  After his return from Shanghai he spent 3½ years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia.  During this period he travelled 8-9 times a year to Beijing for trade negotiations and served as the main China advisor to two secretaries of Commerce.

Mr. Levine is a proud graduate (with distinction) from the US National War College (Class of 1993).

Since his retirement from the government in 2006, Mr. Levine has been affiliated with The Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a strategic advisory firm in Washington, DC.  Mr. Levine is a frequent speaker on US-China relations before academic and business groups.  He was also previously the Chair of the Intensive China Area Studies course at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.  He is a member of the Advisory Council of the US-China Education Trust (www.uscet.org) and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations (www.ncuscr.org).

FULL DISCLOSURE:  At ASG Mr. Levine works to help US multinational companies deepen their relationships in the Chinese government and solve business problems.   Some observers argue that anyone who works in China business consulting is tainted by the need to curry favor with the Chinese government.  If that is your view, you’re advised to ignore this blog.  On the other hand, if you enjoy evaluating policy views based on their merits,  please do stick with this blog  and post your comments.

All of the views expressed in this blog are those of Mr. Levine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of any institution with which he is affiliated.  Even his dog usually does not agree with him.

Mr. Levine can be reached offline at:  levinehank(at)aol.com

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