Charles Stevens, an American lawyer, with a Chinese official at the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Beijing 1979. The two men discussed how to structure joint venture investment agreements. Portraits of Chairman Mao and Chairman Hua Guofeng (who held that post briefly), hang above the black board. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
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