Steven Orlins Speaks at USALI

On April 14, 2016, Mr. Steven Orlins spoke at USALI about his life and career in the U.S. and China as well as his views of the future direction of US-China relations. Mr. Orlins developed a keen interest in Asia when he was young. He went to college to study Chinese history and wrote a thesis about CCP's foreign policy towards the US in the interim between 1944 and 1945 before the Chinese civil war broke out. After graduation, he went to Taiwan to improve his Chinese, and returned to the U.S. to join the State Department where he assisted in the normalization of foreign relations between China and the US. During the talk, Mr. Orlins also highlighted two current trends between the US and China which he believes will shape the future relationship between of the U.S. and China: the continuance of cross-investment and increasing student exchange between the two countries.

More about Mr. Steven Orlins:

Steve Orlins has been president of the National Committee since 2005. Prior to that, he was the managing director of Carlyle Asia and the chairman of the board of Taiwan Broadband Communications, one of Taiwan's largest cable television and high speed internet providers. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Orlins was a senior advisor to AEA Investors Inc., a New York based leveraged buyout firm, with responsibility for AEA's business activities throughout Asia.

From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Orlins was with the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers where he was a Managing Director from 1985 to 1991. From 1987 to 1990, he served as President of Lehman Brothers Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he supervised over 150 professionals with offices in Hong Kong, Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Manila and Singapore. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Orlins practiced law with Coudert Brothers and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.

From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Orlins served in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the United States Department of State, first in the Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Political-Military Affairs and then for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. While in that office, he was a member of the legal team that helped establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

Mr. Orlins is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 1992, Mr. Orlins was the Democratic nominee for the United States Congress in New York's Third Congressional District.