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My subject is the U.S.-China Rule of Law Initiative, a government-to-government effort with which I was personally involved as a U.S. government official. In discussing this Initiative, I hope to provide a little indirect light on two broader matters that are far more important than the fate of one U.S. government program: (1) What are the possibilities and prospects for legal reform in China?; and (2) what role can foreign entities play, and what role is appropriate for foreign entities to play, in the legal reform process in China?

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