As Special Assistant to National Security Advisor Henry A. Kissinger, Winston Lord traveled with him on his secret 1971 trip to China and then with President Richard M. Nixon the following year. He sat in on some of the most crucial meetings that led to China’s opening to the West, and brought the United States and China closer together, including every meeting that Presidents Nixon and Gerald Ford and Dr. Kissinger held with Chairman Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping. He later served as Ambassador to China. Mr. Lord, 82, now lives in New York with his wife, the novelist Bette Bao Lord. What follows are lightly edited excerpts of our Q. and A. last week. Winston LordIllustration by Lauren Crow Q: Just over a week ago, a group of 100 leading foreign policy experts and former government officials released a statement calling for greater cooperation between the U.S. and China to deal with what has become a global health crisis — the emergence of Covid-19. CleaSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.