January Meeting

January Speaker

Ambassador to China


Ambassador Clark T. Randt, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to China has been the longest serving United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.

A lawyer fluent in Chinese Mandarin, Ambassador Randt has lived and worked in Asia and traveled regularly to China on business for 40 years.  He will provide the answers to some of our most provoking questions:

  • How will China react to President Trump?
  • Will President Trump cause China to pause in its expansion into the South China Sea?
  • What will happen to trade?
  • Will President Trump push China on the issue of valuing their currency more realistically?

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Cost:  $20 for Members $25 for Non-Members
Buffet Breakfast

Place:  Pelican Marsh Golf Club
Address: 1810 Persimmon Dr, Naples, FL
Club Phone:(239) 293-2399

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More Biography (from Wikipedia)


After preparing at The Hotchkiss School, Randt graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1968 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1975. He also attended Harvard Law School where he was awarded the East Asia Legal Studies Traveling Fellowship to China. While at Yale, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity with George W. Bush.


From 1968 to 1972, Randt served in the United States Air Force Security Service, and in 1974 he was the China representative of the National Council for United States-China Trade.

Randt was a resident of Beijing from 1982 through 1984 where he served as First Secretary and Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy. He then lived in Hong Kong for 18 years, most recently as a partner with the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling where he headed the firm’s China practice. Randt was Governor and First Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He is a member of the New York and Hong Kong bars and is a recognized expert on Chinese law. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.[1]

Randt was nominated U.S. Ambassador to China by President George W. Bush on April 30, 2001 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 11, 2001. He was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China on July 17, 2001 and arrived in Beijing on July 23.

Randt has been an opponent to the sale of defensive weapons to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the face of opposition from the Communist government in Beijing.[2]

As a political appointee, Randt was required by convention to resign at the end of Bush’s term. The Deputy Chief of Mission took over as chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy for several months before Barack Obama’s appointment of Jon Huntsman. Randt is currently a special advisor to Hopu Investment Management, a Chinese private equity fund.[3]

Personal Life

Randt is married and has three children. His eldest son, Clark, currently resides in New York. His younger son, Paull, currently attends the Yale School of Management and resides in New Haven. His youngest child, Clare, is currently attending Yale University, and is a member of the Viola Question – Yale’s premiere improv comedy group

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